Thursday, October 09, 2008

Back From My Grand Adventure

After a whirlwind week of traveling in the west, I'm back. Our first stop was Arizona to see the Grand Canyon. My friends and I then drove up to Utah to see 3 other national parks, they were all gorgeous.

I think all in all, I shot about 650 pictures of the different places we visited. I probably took 150 of the Grand Canyon alone, I cannot possible show them all so I picked 8 that I thought you might enjoy. This is me standing at the edge of the Canyon, I don't think I've ever felt quite that awed by nature before.

We were at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon and around every turn, there was a new and different photo opportunity, it was truly amazing. If you decide to hike down into the Canyon, it is one mile down and one mile back up. Temps in the canyon, once you start to decend, can get dangerously hot.

If you want to see all these beautiful views a bit larger, just click each photo and you can view them a bit bigger.

I have to admit I was a bit worried when I set off on this trip, that the 4 of us would kill each other, as we spent so much time together each day and did an unbelieveable amount of driving together as well. To my amazement though, it all worked out just fine, we not only had a great time but enjoyed each other's company as well. It all came together to make a fabulous week, a once in a lifetime experience, one that I will never forget.

It is hard to explain but the photos themselves while beautiful, do not convey the majesty of this incredible place. To be there, looking into the Grand Canyon, is truly an amazing experience!!!

In some of my future posts I'll show the Utah National Parks that we visited. ENJOY!!!


Melissa and Emmitt said...

hi ruth!
what an amazing vacation! i cannot wait to see more of your photos!

celestina marie said...

Hi Ruth, Wonderful to see you and so glad you had a great time. Your pics are beautiful and remind me of our trip in August to NM. I love the mountains too. Love the pic of sweet and gorgeous you on the mountain top!! Sounds like you had the perfect trip with friends.
Thanks for sharing your memory makers (M&M's)
hugs, Celestina
la rea rose

Mary said...

Wow looks and sounds like you had a great time. The photos are beautiful! There is nothing like seeing some place like that for yourself!

KarenHarveyCox said...

Wow, what an amazing place, and incredible vacation. Karen

Siobhan said...

Oh WOW WOW WOW!!! What a beautiful outlook Ruth! I wish I was there right now! :)


Kathryn Bechen Ink said...

Hi Ruth,

So glad your trip went well and you did not kill each other! That made me laugh! What an awesome place.



Tracy Hall said...

What a wonderful hoilday Ruth. We were at the Grand Canyon about twenty years ago, and it is the most awesome place I have ever seen. Fantastic photos!

Inspired Tokens said...

Isn't the Grand Canyon breathtaking? Your photo's make me want to jump in the car and take a visit. It's very inspiring! I can't wait to see where you were visiting in Utah!

NeereAnDear said...

welcome back!! You were missed... I must say those pictures are lovely and I am sure they dont do the place justice!!

What a fun and fabulous trip it must have been....



Suzanne said...

Welcome back! Wow, it looks like you had a wonderful time...gorgeous photos!

Donna said...

Hi Ruth!
Welcome home! The photos you took are absolutely fabulous. I've only ever seen the Grand Canyon from the air. It sounds like you had a great time!


Charm and Grace said...

I have dreamed of traveling there with my family, but somehow we just haven't made it yet. I particularly loved the photo of you with arms outstretched. You seem to be reveling in the vastness of it all. So happy that you had an amazing adventure and returned home safely!


Naturegirl said...

Ruth the Grand Canyon truly is a wonder in this world of wonders!
I remember last Spring standing in the exact spots that you are showing us!
One really has to be there to truly appreciates it's GRAND scale! I felt so space in the grand scheme of things as I lloked around at the canyon!I was awe by the quiet..even though there were other tourists around..sigh..I'm ready for another trip there..perhaps this winter when I head for Arizona again.

Catherine Holman said...

We love the Grand Canyon! Thanks for sharing your pics and I'm glad you had such a great time!

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

I have never seen them Ruth except from the air and I could feel their awesome power thru your photos. Many thanks for sharing.