Day Six was a great day for sightseeing. As I hinted at yesterday, we went to one of, if not the most spectacular natural occurrences the nation has to offer. I was completely amazed, took about a thousand pictures, and was overwhelmed by the vastness and beauty of it. More on this later.
I should really say “Big Holes in the Ground, Arizona” as my title, because before seeing the Grand Canyon today, we stopped off at the Meteor Crater, a few miles off of I-40. The crater was created well before humans were around, and while it isn’t big enough to be the one that killed off the dinosaurs, it was quite large – almost a mile across and 550 feet deep. Obviously, there’s a visitor center with a museum and gift shop, but being able to walk up to the rim and look down into it was pretty great. In addition, at the highest point of the visitor’s walkway, you can get a great panoramic view of the entire area around the crater, which really isn’t much as it’s in the middle of the Arizona desert, but was peaceful and beautiful nonetheless. Here’s a bonus video of the panorama around the crater:
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Onto the Canyon. As I said, I was floored by the natural beauty of this place. I really didn’t know what to expect except that it was large canyon. It was bigger than I expected, it was more beautiful than I expected, and it was even more peaceful than I expected.
There were so many pictures to choose from, (and I have even more from when my family came back in July), but here’s a good example of what amazed me about the whole scene –
This picture is a good example of the vastness of the scenery, as it includes a tree in the foreground for perspective. One good thing to note is how much the canyon itself looks like a painting – the rims at points are several miles apart, and like in this picture, depending on where you look it’s too big to even resemble a conventional canyon.
I really still can’t fully explain my feelings toward the Canyon. That’s why I took so many pictures, every visual was worth keeping to me, and while a picture doesn’t do it justice, it’s a great reminder of the initial amazement I felt upon first glimpses at these formations.
Tomorrow was our final day on the trip, where we sneak up to Las Vegas for a few hours before going down to our final destination of the City of Angels.