I sort of saw it in 2017 when I was sick as a dog and slept in the parking lot while the ex-jerk went and toured, but then did get to crawl out of his truck for a couple of minutes to see it as we drove by. So how happy was I when my boyfriend said - "Hey, so my friends want to do a Grand Canyon trip in March? You in?"
So here we go - and this is almost 200 pictures that of course don't capture the absolute gloriousness that is the The Grand Canyon but it's the best I got! Get ready for a long one....
Pat, Elise and I rolled out on Thursday morning for the 6ish hour drive. The group was going to consist of us, The Hernandez Fam and The Gardner Fam. I was a bit nervous since I was sort of the odd man out. I've met the friends but not the kiddos and we've never spent 4 days together under the same roof. Well lemme tell ya - It was rad. The Hernandez boys and the Gardner girls were a joy and of course I adore the adults. Everyone meshed together brilliantly, Mandy and Jose did most the cooking, I was referred to as Mary Poppins since my OCD always had me sweeping through and cleaning up and everyone pitched in to some degree. It was a great weekend!
We arrived around 4 or 5 to the middle of Butt Fuck Nowhere where the house we were renting lived. It was quite cold, quite quiet an quite lovely. Since the car ride seemed to fray Pat and my nerves I took some time to wander around the property and shoot.
|Where 10 of us spent 4 days|
|Random Xmas Decor|
|Playing with my "Paint" setting|
|Playing with my "Sepia" setting|
|More Sepia Fun|
A couple of roads were closed off to traffic and were only able to go on via Shuttle. Welp - we all know my situation, so luckily there was a permit I could get that would allow me to drive these roads. It was so awesome! We joked it was like VIP. We all parked at a main area and we scurried over to get our 1st look! (Pat and Elise were the only ones in our whole group that had been to the Grand Canyon before). Of course our breath was taken away. None of my pictures will do it justice, but you can at least get a little peek. It's so vast, so beautiful, so breathtaking!!!
|I love us!|
|Pat and his girls|
|The Hernandez Fam Bam!|
|Playing with "Paint"|
|OMG I'M HERE!|
|Issac pondering life|
|What's up buff history dude....|
|Snow in the Canyon|
|Yay self timer!|
|I kind of love this "Paint" thing....|
|Really cool little gift shop!|
We met up with the Gardners and wandered a bit where we had parked.
|So many cool little windows to look out of!|
|We're so cute!|
|I really wanted to climb up there, but alas, not allowed|
|Really interesting paintings all over the walls|
|Elise and I checked out the midview point|
|Took a moment to try to be artsy|
|I could sit there all day|
|Always trailing behind since I'm snapping away|
|I remember the giant raven tapping at the truck window last time I was here thinking I was dead. I felt it was the same one, taunting me.|
|Kids Table (Etta is hiding)|
Then back to the house for our usual night of games, drinking, and laughing.
|Made the boys pose for a picture! They've been friends their whole lives!|
|My usual view when hiking|
|Yup...that's all of us...just hiking into the Grand Canyon like ya do!|
|The one group shot I got! I wanted to take more, but there just never seemed like a right time. SO glad I got this one though!|
|The debate if we should head back up....|
|Love these pictures of us!!!!|
|There was really trippy colored mold on the rocks|
We did run into our favorite Deer Family again though!!! Squeeeeaaaaa!!!!
|Goodbye you beautiful piece of land!!!|
After we hit the store we headed back to the house. We had tri tip, potatoes, zucchini and carrot cake! Mandy and Jose are quite the cooks. We all tried to help best we could. My hand is still cramped from peeling potatoes and carrots! Ha! When there was a pause in needing my help, I noticed the pink sky and ran outside to try to catch some shots of the gorgeous colors!
|My favorite. THE COLORS!!!|
|Can you even...|
Sunday morning was pretty much up, packing, cleaning, hugging and out the door. The Hernandez clan headed home, but the rest of us were planning to grab breakfast in Williams then hit up Bearizona. I'm not gonna lie...we had low expectations. Ha! But it actually ended up being really cool!!! You drive through the main part and there are areas with different animals roaming free that you drive by. Then they have a walk through area that is similar to the San Diego Wild Animal Park.
|When we were leaving we heard them all sing! It was so hauntingly beautiful!|
|Bear Back Scratch|
|Ok...see those 2 close together? Yeah, they decided to get it on. I tried to drive rather quickly by them because I know animals can be aggressive when they're mating and these things were damn huge. I just imagined them ramming our car. EEEEEK!|
|I so wanted to pet him|
|A trio of cuties!|
|This Badger just stared at me like "Come on bitch...I will kill you!"|
|Ruby and the Jag|