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March 23, 2017

Throwback Trip Thursday: Grand Canyon

This week on #ThrowbackTripThursday, we wanted to share our photos from our visit to the Grand Canyon. During our cross country road trip last year we made sure to stop at this famous landmark, one that many consider to be one of the 7 wonders of the natural world. This site has long been a bucket list item, and it did not disappoint.

Just to quickly recap, last July we moved from North Carolina to California and used the move as an opportunity to take a road trip and explore our beautiful country. We decided to take the southern route, making stops in Florida, New Orleans and Austin before venturing through the Southwest landscape. Our first taste of the southwest was at White Sands National Monument in New Mexico. 

If you want to read more about those locations, be sure to read the blog post on each stop!

After spending a night in Albuquerque, we continued our drive through Arizona. We always knew Arizona was hot, but we were NOT prepared for just how hot. For most of the drive it was a scorching 112 degrees. To be fair, it was July at the time, but still. We made a couple pit stops on the way to the Grand Canyon, one being to see the largest petrified tree in the world (you better believe we got a picture next to it - see the photo gallery below for pics). We also stopped to check out some teepees, as well as grab a bite to eat in Flagstaff. 

Flagstaff was an awesome little town that we plan on visiting again in the future for a couple days. Here are a couple of unique stops to make if you're driving through Flagstaff:
Something we found really interesting from our drive through Arizona was the drastic change in temperature. When we entered Flagstaff, temperatures started dropping from 112 degrees probably because Flagstaff is located in the middle of Coconino National Forest. Leaving Flagstaff you head north to get to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon for about an hour and a half. This route takes you through the forest where temperatures dropped to the 40's! We went from 100+ degrees to under 50 degrees in less than 30 minutes. Then as soon as we left the forest, it jumped back up to the 90's. So bizarre.

Once we got to the Grand Canyon, we had roughly an hour until sunset, which we were told was the best time to visit the grand canyon. Let me just tell you, nothing can prepare you for your first view of this wonder. I mean, we both knew it was going to be massive, but we didn't fully understand the scale of it until we saw it in person.

It was breathtakingly beautiful as well as a little dizzying at first as you mentally comprehend the scale.

A couple fun facts about the Grand Canyon just to help you process the magnitude of this wonder:
  • 277 miles in length
  • The widest point of the canyon is 18 miles across
  • The average width across is 10 miles and average depth is 1 mile
  • More than 20 layers of rock make up the canyon walls
  • The rock formation found at the bottom is around 2 billions years old
  • The Grand Canyon became the 17th National Park in 1919
  • Roughly 5 million people visit each year
Take a look at our photo gallery to see how the red rocks of the canyon shift throughout sunset.


Petrified Tree + Flagstaff

Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon is a wonder everyone should try to visit once in their lifetime. It's simply mesmerizing in the best way possible and really does put your life in perspective as well. You get this overwhelming sense of just how miniscule your life really is. 

It helped me realize to not take everything too seriously and sparked a new found love for the outdoors. We can't wait to go back one day and spend more time roaming throughout the park. Hoping next time we go we can do a lot more hiking and get a permit to camp in the park.

Happy Travels Friends,

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