The world's 8th wonder - The Grand Canyon!
After Vegas we continued our trip for our final destination - the Grand Canyon which turned out to be the most amazing place I've ever been in my life.
After Vegas we headed straight for the Grand Canyon. It was quite a long journey - about 400 km from the Vegas. So it's better to take off early in the morning which is quite hard in Las Vegas.
As I already mentioned earlier you can meet lots of different interesting things and places on American roads. Here are few of them - an old airport base.
I guess these planes used to carry people a few decades ago.
Huge eagle statue.
The road just keeps going.
Be careful for deers. And indeed we've met lots of them. Especially by the canyon.
Some deers just a few meters away from the road.
Unbelievably clear nature.
Loks like they got used to people.
You can stop the car anywhere you want and find some animals in the near by forest. So have to drive very carefully.
At the end you arrive at the car park, where you can take a free bus to different spots or just walk there by foot. But since the canyon is huge and you want to see as many places as possible it's better to take a bus.
And here it is. The very small part of it.
It goes for hundreds and hundreds of miles and you just are not ready for how really huge and wide and deep it is.
It has a fence in some places but in general there is no fence and you are on your own. Have to be very careful walking on the edge of it.
It's not forbidden to go anywhere. So you are absolutely free to climb anywhere you want.
I could just sit there and watch it all day long. Many people in fact do that.
We were in the Grand Canyon Village. Special village right in the heart of Grand Canyon. Very civilised with pedestrian paths and touring gids if you need some.
You are just amazed by the silence in it. It's so huge that no sounds can reach the top of it where we were standing.
If you are brave enough you can make some cool photos over there. Of course we decided to go for it as well.
It feels much scarier than it looks :)
I could start writing books in this place.
And the nature itself is amazing. Everything is nature friendly. Buses run on special nature gas, traffic lights work on solar energy. Only paper bags are allowed - no plastic.
A mountain goat just walking down the path. As it turned out it was going for the water pond about 500m ahead. Absolutely not scared of people. One thing is squirrels in central park in London - but this is something new.
It really is an amazing place. Hundreds of kilometers just in front of your eyes.
Since Grand Canyon is quite away from Vegas there isn't much tourists. At least not as much as in Vegas. And the canyon itself is so huge that tourists just spread and disappear in it.
We had time for only one day in it and I realised that even a week wouldn't be enough there.
One of the points where bus takes you. You can walk on your own by the canyon but as you can see the distance isn't that small and this is only one stop out of many dosens.
I think I want to stay here. Forever.
National Register of historical place.
Hiking path to Colorado River.
The beauty of the Grand Canyon, USA.
Of course it is possible to rent a mule if you're intending for a long off road walk.
If you ever plan on visiting Grand Canyon I would definitely recommend to visit this village first since it has a lot of information, maps and other stuff you might need in the canyon.
And it's definitely worth staying there for the sunset. You won't see anything like this anywhere in the world.
Colorado river looks completely still even though it has quite strong flows.
The great depth of the Grand Canyon is determined to be somewhere 1500 - 3000 m of uplift of the Colorado Plateau, starting about 65 million years ago. This uplift has steepened the stream gradient of the Colorado River, which in turn has increased their speed and thus their ability to cut through rock.
I suppose this is the best bus stop in the whole world.
I've been in many places in my life, but this one is definitely without doubts the best place I've ever been to.
You're just being blown away by its beauty.
It's so hard to believe that this small river could create something this huge. But it's truth.
Some kind of freak searching for UFO or trying to listen to a local radio - I'm not sure. :)
I love the infrastructure as well. They did a great job creating this village.
The Grand Canyon, Arizona, USA.
So weird when you see that land goes straight for hundreds of kilometers and then suddenly just stops and falls into a huge canyon without any warning signs.
It is possible to take a helicopter tour in the canyon as well or even from Las Vegas. It isn't that cheap - starting from 400$ per person I think but I'm sure it's worth it.
Sunset over Arizona.
The Grand Canyon, Arizona, United States.
At one point I noticed a guy in blue just sitting and waiting for the sunset. Perhaps thinking about purpose of life. I can totally understand him.
Another forest inhabitant.
Beautiful sunset over Grand Canyon village.
The sun sets beneath the horizon and stars start to appear over the canyon.
If you love camping in the nature - this is a place for you.
Some last photos at night. I've set camera on manual focus and 30 second exposition time. It was so dark that I couldn't see the canyon itself but I managed to take a few cool photos.
Try to watch these photos with low light around you.
Hundreds of beautiful stars and the moon is the only thing that enlightens the canyon.
The night sky. Wish I had a better camera with me. But anyway - The Grand Canyon has made an impression on me that will stay with me for all my life.comments powered by Disqus