|Photo Courtesy: My iPhone|
It was only the next day when all the fun began! We drove straight five hours from Moab, UT to Grand Canyon, AZ, stopping only once for gas in a small local gas station. And drank their coffee! And was taken aback. It was nothing like coffee we were used to drinking. When we asked, we were given a toothy smile and informed that it was true “Indian” coffee! Native American that is. It was distinctly different in the aroma and taste, something I am okay not to try again!
We reached the Grand Canyon around noon. Our vacation officially began. The first view took my breath away. To imagine that a river as narrow as a ribbon with hardly any current was responsible for it, was almost impossible. The smooth sand rocks, its shadow on itself, in an eternal siesta under the burning sun for a few million years. No human can stand there and not feel goose bumps! And this is where I got my lost energy back too! We still didn’t have the sunscreen but suddenly it was no longer an issue.
|The ribbon like river Colorado|
The river Colorado, eerily stagnant and strangely silent. Almost as if resting after creating this spectacle working relentlessly for five million years!
Despite several warnings to avoid driving during the night, we took the risk. Because my in-house photographer (Trolls, please excuse! He is my husband too!) said he was not going to miss the sunset in the canyons. And the reward was this.
The roads afterwards were empty and we glided through pretty uneventfully. We didn’t see any wildlife on the roads, as others had said we would, well, apart from an Elk family. No pictures here, as we were holding the edge of our seats, biting our lips and waiting for more to emerge, all the while remembering the movie – The Ring. Only to realize later that those were moose in the movie and not elks!
The next daywould be yet another chapter in our novel-of-a-vacation to the canyonland.
Disclaimer: All images appearing in this blogpost are taken by the in-house photographer who prides himself as my husband. I am eternally grateful to him for capturing our vacation so wonderfully.
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