Seeing the Grand Canyon has been on my “must see” list for many years and I am so excited to have finally seen it and all of it’s grandness. It is truly magical.
We wanted to visit the North Rim of the canyon but it was still closed due to snow so we made our way to the South Rim. We made a quick stop at Horseshoe Bend. It was a perfect opportunity for all of us to stretch our legs and let Gerrit take a break from battling the wind storm we were driving through. Horseshoe is a little roadside park with a wide trail that’s 3/4 mile from the parking lot. It was super windy so the sand was blowing in our eyes but seeing horseshoe was amazing! It was super green and beautiful.
Gerrit had visited the Grand Canyon as a kid but didn’t really appreciate it. Now that he is more or less an adult, seeing the canyon was just as exciting for him. We had to drive through the park to get to our boondocking site, but we just saw glimpses of it through the pines. We were trying to get to our spot before dark, but that never happens.
The first look I got of it was just breathtaking and made me super excited to see it up close the following afternoon. Through AllTrails I was able to find a short 2 mile walk through the pine forrest to a landing where you have almost a 360 view of the canyon to your self. We were on the south rim, which is the most popular, so getting away from the crowd is tricky even in the off season. However, with this trail we were able to do just that.
When I thought about visiting the Grand Canyon I did not expect there to be so much snow and so many pine trees. I also thought it would be a bit more red. All in all I was presently surprised and instead of checking “see the Grand Canyon” off my list we added “backpack rim to rim of the Grand Canyon” to it.
I can’t wait to go back and experience it in a whole new way!
Lindsey, Gerrit, Oakley, and Ella
In July of 2003 three bible verses were removed from plaques at the south rim in the Grand Canyon. So have attached them to my photos so you can read them while looking at the wonderful creation God left for us to explore!