Saturday, March 29, 2014

Spring Break Vacation, Day 4 – On to the Grand Canyon

After three days in Las Vegas, it we were ready to move on to the Grand Canyon. We picked up our rental car and began our road trip.

First stop was Hoover Dam, about a half hour outside of Vegas.


The Visitor Center had exhibits that explained how the dam was built and the electrical power that is generated there.

We then got back in the car and continued our journey.

All was fine except when Kai got car sick and we had to make a stop to recover. We continued on without Kai using the iPad the rest of the way.

It is breathtaking to see the Grand Canyon for the first time, and a feeling that cannot truly be captured through photos, though I did take many.


Kai seemed to enjoy seeing it, too, though I think it ranks below a new update to his Plants Vs. Zombies app in terms of thrills for him.




One thing that is interesting about the Canyon is that the colors change as the day goes on. For us, as the afternoon turned to dusk, I got some of my best shots of the day.



We stayed that night at the venerable El Tovar, the old hotel near the edge of the canyon. Rooms there cost more than the one at the luxurious hotel we stayed at in Vegas, though we barely had enough room for the three of us in the small, cramped space with very old furnishings.

But there was something about the old place, being so close to the spectacular view, the clean air with no cigarette smoke, that made it very special.

We were in a good spot.


4 comments:

  1. You really did get some beautiful photos! I've only seen the Grand Canyon from the air, which was great...but nothing like this!

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    1. In some ways you can't go wrong with the pictures - it is the Grand Canyon, after all - but it is hard to take a good picture of both the Canyon and people at the same time. Just can't capture the true grandeur of the whole place, though. Except maybe by air, ha!

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  2. There you go, you got some great shots. You will long remember the family shots near the rim.

    I don't know if you did it on purpose or not...but the shot of Kai on the rock with arms outstretched is a perfect shot for him to duplicate when he gets older. He will be able to see his growth using the same pose (as the rock and setting will remain the same decades from now), when he goes there with his children.

    I hope you get to go to the glass U bridge. I never got to go there. Hopefully, you will get to go there and get some more great shots.

    Everyone looks to be having a great time. I can hardly wait to see more.

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    1. We had pretty good conditions to take pictures that first day and I'm glad the photos came out pretty well.

      We did not make it to the glass bridge... after you wrote about it, I researched it, but it is outside of the National Park itself and on an Indian reservation. They actually do not allow you to take photos there as they want to sell you their own pictures. So, we did not make it there, but I feel like we still had great views of the canyon. Maybe next time!

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