Family Trip to the Grand Canyon
Seeing the Grand Canyon in photos just doesn't do this amazing panorama justice. If you ever have a chance to head to Arizona, you really need to make time to see it with your kids.
Our family went to the Grand Canyon in 2001, when we only had 2 children and they were both very young. Pilot had seen it before on a family RV trip when he was younger, but this was the first time I had seen it…and it was truly breathtaking.
One of the "treats" that made our trip to the Grand Canyon so special was that we did an aerial tour of the canyon with Grand Canyon Airlines. Now, I will tell you that if you get airsick, or your kids do, be forewarned. It is NOT necessarily going to be the smoothest flight you've ever been on, but by the grace of God, I did not get sick! Just a lot of deep breathing and staying focused. :o)
We also hit the IMAX theater while we were there. Those movies are enough to make me sick, but I am prone to motion sickness. :o(
One of the neatest things we saw inside the park (besides being able to get a bunch of snacks at the General Store) was taking photos of the sunset near the big lodge inside the park. The Grand Canyon Lodge takes you back to what the west must have been like years and years ago. Big tall ceilings, LOTS of wood…very cozy with a giant fireplace.
The biggest disappointment about our trip was my Canon camera decided to die right at sunset on the second night we were there. Of course, that has nothing to do with the Grand Canyon itself, but was a reminder that even the nicest of cameras (and this was a nice one!) can go kaput right in the middle of your vacation. Having a backup would have been wonderful. Now that we have older children, they have their own cameras so we're well equipped if someone's camera batteries die or their memory card is full.
Now, there is something you should know about the Grand Canyon. While we were there, we learned that it is a very popular place for people to commit suicide. Thank goodness we were not witnesses to any, but apparently they are quite common. It is something to be aware of, so if you see someone acting a little odd, you may want to discretely and quickly move the children somewhere else. I would never want my children to see something like this. It's definitely not something that would stop me from planning a trip here because the opportunity to see such an amazing display of God's handiwork is worth pursuing.
Our trip was in late October, so it was pretty cold and windy. I don't think I would go in the middle of the summer because of the crowds and the heat, but perhaps late September or April would be nice times to go…while the weather is not too hot or too cold.
Have you been to the Grand Canyon? What were your impressions?