Finally my mother got a weekend off, so of course we had to take advantage of this opportunity. We had planned to go to Texas to see TD Jakes, but since my “100 Things To Do List” and her bucket list both contained the Grand Canyon, we chose that. And boy what a choice !
Initially it started out with just me and my mom. Once my grandparents heard of the plans they said “oh no invite” lol, so they had to come. Then, of course Aunty Kim who never misses a trip decided she was going to join us as well. So what started off as just a mother daughter trip immediately turned into a family trip.
We drove, we ran, and we hike to catch the sunrise from the Grand Canyon. On our way up we bumped into three elks just chilling on the side eating grass, roaming freely. As we cleared the trees, and it opened up to the Canyon, it was nothing short of spectacular. It literally took my breath away. We stared in silence for a few moments. The Bible verse “Be still and know that I am God” automatically spoke to me when I gazed out to the vast expanse and beautiful disaster as it was once known.
Standing at 6,000 feet tall, 18 miles wide and 277 miles long (can you imagine!) it is still somewhat of a mystery of how it came to be. Some say it was a crator, some say it was from volcanoes, some say the Colordao River caused it, either way it is spectacular and a must see ! There’s not enough pictures and words to describe its beauty.
Can you believe there were people actually living in this big hole ! Lol. The first people known to live in the Grand Canyon were the Ancestral Puebloans around 1200 BCE! And till this day there are still tribes that call the Canyon home, nine to be exact.
When we left the Grand Canyon, we made a stop in Sedona. I had to drive down a treacherous edge of the mountain, spiraling for several miles. On the way down it was beautiful to see but scary to drive through. Sedona is the cutest little town you will ever see. Surrounded by beautiful red rock mountains, about a mile stretch, you will find a place of spiritual healing, souvenir shops, restaurants and hotels.
I could see why millions of people travel from all over the world to see the beautiful rock formations.
It took President Roosevelt 5 years from the first time he saw it in 1903 to get the Grand Canyon under public protection, declaring it as a national monument. “let this great wonder of nature remain as it now is. Do nothing to mar its grandeur, sublimity and loveliness. You cannot improve on it. But what you can do is to keep it for your children, your children’s children, and all who come after you, as the one great sight which every American should see.”-Former President Roosevelt.
Check out my pics below !
My grandmother found these t-shirts the day before we left! How apropoHeres the elks having their breakfast the bravery ! As you can see everyone has on coats … being so high up it was pretty cold and there was some snow on the ground, but once you head back down from the mountains …back to high 80s, low 90 degree weather. Some of my family ❤grandpa and I ❤and me 😊