In November 2012 I embarked on adventure to hike in one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World: The Grand Canyon. We arrived before sunrise at the rim of the canyon; by far it was one of the most beautiful sunrises I have ever seen! (And that says a lot because Arizona is known for having beautiful sunrises) Surrounding me was a swarm of visitors from all over the world. We might not have been able to speak the same language, but I could still understand their excitement and awe in the presence of such a beautiful sight. If there is one thing we all have in common it’s living on the same planet.
But the beauty didn’t stop there; we proceeded with our 5-hour hike down the South Kaibab Trail. The sights were even more breath-taking inside the canyon. The colors from the layers of sedimentary rock added to the quality of our pictures. I was also lucky enough to snap pictures of different birds, mule deer and elk. Looking out from our trail, all I could see was canyon wall after wall. I felt like I was on a whole new planet (Also the powdery red sand made me feel like I was on the surface of Mars). In one of the pictures below the caption reads “Larger than Life” and at that moment, all I was thinking was that Mother Nature is just so much larger than life. I could not grasp at how small I felt!
I definitely got my work out on the hike back up! Good thing I had the scenery to distract me from my aching quadriceps. Might I mention that I also went from wearing a coat and mittens at the top of the canyon, to sweating in my normal clothes a few hours later. Canyon temperatures fluctuate like crazy and if it is windy, you must be careful not to fly right off the trail.
The sunset was equally if not more beautiful than the sunrise. If you have watched Disney’s “The Lion King” and the scene in the beginning with the sunrise and the sunset, imagine seeing that in person!
My adventure in the Grand Canyon proved to be everything I hoped for and more. Humankind can create plenty of things, but they cannot recreate the beauty that is Mother Nature.