I have been trying all day, since we left the Grand Canyon at 9:30 this morning, to think of how to describe the Canyon to someone who’s never seen it. There are no words big enough. I thought I knew what it would be like; I’ve heard about it, seen pictures, seen it in movies for my entire life. But 54 years of others’ descriptions and photos did not prepare me for the actuality. It is immense. It is awe-inspiring. It is GRAND. When I arrived at the edge, all I could think was, “Wow.” Just wow.
It is painfully beautiful; I had tears in my eyes looking at the scope of it, the mist of morning still muting the sharp edges. I could go on and on in terms both mundane and profound (“It is so many miles long, so many feet deep” or “my spirit soared upon first seeing the canyon”), but no matter what I say or how many pictures you see, you will not “get it” until you stand on the edge yourself.
Total miles today 450. Total travel time (including stops) 11 1/2 hours.