Heart of a Gypsy Part 2 - Grand Canyon
In my 20+ years in Arizona I have been to the Grand Canyon in almost every season. We have gone in the spring as the wildflowers bloom and the rains came, we have stood in the freezing cold snow of the harsh winters, and we have hiked the rim in over 100 degree summer temperatures. All of these trips were unique. It seems that every time we go to the Grand Canyon we see something we never noticed before.
As a tourist there are a few things you should know about the Grand Canyon before you go. The first thing is that few places at the Canyon have rails and the drop offs are steep. The first time I went to the Grand Canyon I was scared to death my son was going to run off the edge. When I lived in Flagstaff Az, a tourist was lost over the edge of the Canyon almost monthly. The Grand Canyon is carved out of a very crumbly rock, so anyone who gets near the edge is running the risk of the ground going out from under them.
Second think is that only people in peak physical shape should attempt the hike down to the ranch. People think it's no big deal to hike down the path into the Canyon however, just as many people have gone over the edge, many people have died of issues surrounding that hike, including dehydration.
Third the options for food are minimal once you are at the rim. It's best to eat before you go and take snacks.
My passion for photography always leads me to taking hundreds of pictures when we are at the Grand Canyon. These are just of few of the interesting things we saw on a recent trip. The first picture is of my husband and son out on a peninsula that does not have rails. I admit my heart flutters to see them out so close to the edge. People who have never been to the Grand Canyon might think the entire viewing area is railed off to protect tourists. The opposite is true; few areas around the Canyon have rails. Parents should always hold a Child's hand to prevent them form getting close to the edge.
The second picture is of a German tourist standing on a garbage can trying to take a group photo. I found this behavior interesting. The trash can had wheels and could have slipped at anytime. It was certainly a moment to reflect on what is important. That being said, the man got down safely. I have to wonder who came up with the idea to put the man on the trash can.
The third picture is indicative of what people do when they have little respect for nature. The gum tree is actually a stump that people have been depositing their gum on for quite some time. I was amazed at how many people added to the gum tree in the few minutes in which I stood there. The little hands about to put gum on the tree belonged to a little girl from Peru. She was an adorable vandal.
The last picture is the Grand Canyon in the spring. Every time I stand at the edge I think of the first settlers or even Native Americans riding up to the canyon and thinking “How am I going to get around this?”. There is something spiritual about the Grand Canyon. Often when I am standing near the edge I can hear the Native flute playing in my head. I am reminded how small people are in this big world and I feel blessed with the beauty of the earth. I think everyone should see the Grand Canyon at least once, if possible in the spring. Bring your camera… you will need it!!!