Monday, October 8, 2012

Star-Spangled Journey: The Grand Canyon

From Colorado, we drove to Arizona for our next destination, the Grand Canyon. But since we would be arriving in Arizona at dusk, we decided we'd stay in for the night and make the trip to the canyon the next day.

We stayed at Super 8 Motel (Yes, that's for motorist hotel. Had it been in the Philippines, it would have taken other meaning.) where we made reservation but there were several Super 8 near University of Northern Arizona that we literally had to go around in circles before we could find the right one. After we checked in, we had an Asian buffet dinner and ice cream and then immediately turned in for the night.

Yes, this is a motel chain. 
However, I saw a convenience store of the same name somewhere in Guadalupe in Makati City.

The next day, we were off to see the Grand Canyon. We made a quick stop at Williams which is said to be the gateway to the Grand Canyon.

The long road ahead.

We saw these sights on our way to our destination.  

Row of mailboxes by the highway. The houses of the residents are far from the highway. So I guess instead of the postman going to one house after another, the boxes have been strategically and conveniently placed near the highway, on the road leading to the residents' homes.

And a Flintstone-themed park and restaurant.

Finally, we reached our destination.

We went straight to the Mather Point to have a good view of the canyon.

And this is what we saw.

It was definitely nature's wonder! Who would ever thought that the erosion brought about by the gush of the Colorado river into the Kaibab plateau would produce such monumental piece, as if it has been magnificently carved.

They said that if we had come at the golden hour, the view of the canyon would have been more dramatic. It is breathtaking nonetheless.

The Grand Canyon is also haven for geologists, archeologists, anthropologists and biologists.   It is home to a variety of plants and animal species that are both rare and endemic to the canyon.

Different Native American tribes have likewise made the Grand Canyon their home.

After the sightseeing, it was time to shop for souvenirs. Best to buy your souvenir items at the general store within the park. It's way cheaper than, let's say, in Tusayan.

Mommy shopping for souvenir items.

For more information about the Grand Canyon, you may visit the site here.

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