Arizona: Road Trip to the Grand Canyon

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My first vacation of 2017 started as I flew to Phoenix, Arizona. My first time visiting Phoenix was in 2016 to visit my cousin Bruce and his fiancé Carin and I spent time with them. For this visit, I expressed to them my desire to see the Grand Canyon. Less than 48 passed after sending them my flight information and they returned with a hotel confirmation. I was so happy to have the opportunity to see one of the Seven Wonders of the World and catch up with my family simultaneously.

A few days prior to my flight, Carin texted me: BRING WARM CLOTHES, IT’S GOING TO SNOW! I brushed off the warning, and thought, “Hey, it’s Arizona, the desert, the snow cannot be that bad. Maybe snow dusting similar to Atlanta.” I packed my version of winter clothes and I was set.

My cousin arrived and the airport to pick me up and we were ready for the weekend. On the ride from the airport, as my cousin drove, my eyes scanned the scenery. It seemed as if I could see for miles and miles down the road. There is a beautiful mix of mountains, palm trees, cacti, and lizards. The apartment complexes remind me of the ones I would see on the original show Melrose Place (you know the one from the 1990s?).

Early Saturday morning we got ready for our three-hour road trip–Grand Canyon here we come! Watching the scenery change as we traveled north was interesting to me. I could even feel the change as we rode through the mountains. I felt the temperature begin to drop. The scenery switched from prickly cacti to tall pine trees. The open roads transitioned to tree-lined pathways. It reminded me of traveling the Georgia-Tennessee boarder.

Almost two hours into the trip, we encountered snow. I never experienced this type cold and snow before. Of course, we had to pull over a couple of times to play in it before continuing on our way to the Grand Canyon.

I could not contain my excitement when we finally arrived at the Grand Canyon. Once I stepped out, I quickly realized I was improperly dressed for the weather. I threw on extra layers for warmth and made the best of it, the cold and rainy weather would not steal my joy.
We had arrived at one of the Seven Wonders of the World. I was in awe; the Grand Canyon was breathtaking and amazing. I could not believe I was seeing this. I walked to the edge; yes, this was completely out of my comfort zone. I took a lot pictures and even recruited Bruce and Carin to be my muses.

Seeing the beauty of the Grand Canyon surrounded by so much fog had me immediately planning another trip back out. This time it will be for a weekend when it is not snowing. After leaving the Grand Canyon, I saw enough snow at Snowbowl to last me until 2019. With that being said, I am good on snow.

I also want to go back to see Horseshoe Bend and Antelope Canyon. I hope that next trip, there will be enough time stop through Sedona on the way to or from Phoenix. I cannot wait to visit again to spend more quality fun time with my family and maybe a friend or two.

Until next time…peace and love.

1 Comment

  1. Carin

    March 21, 2017 at 4:32 am

    Love this and love you! Thanks for coming to share this first time experience with us! Can’t wait for you to come back soon so we can have some more “FIRSTS!”

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