My main aim for being in Las Vegas was to get to the Grand Canyon this time. So my husband-to-be (HTB) and I boarded a bus that would take us 6 hours to travel to the Grand Canyon and back and spend a mere 40 minutes at this wonder of the world; but it was worth it.
We passed Lake Mead, stopped at Hoover Dam on the Arizona border and went to Seligman- a well preserved area of the old Route 66. The temperature outside was so cold that my camera fogged up, so all my photos of these places look obscured by mist.
Our bus drive/tour guide was a bit of a character, full of facts and jokes about Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon.
Whenever we made a rest stop at a service station he would say in his American drawl:
“Ladies, ladies, ladies;
Please do not, I repeat, DO NOT go shopping.
We are only here for 5 minutes and we WILL leave you behind.
We WILL find a new wife for your husband, this is Vegas!”
In between his commentary, we watched National Lampoons Vacation to the Grand Canyon to get us in the mood.
Arriving at the Mather Point on the South Rim, we finally made it to the Grand Canyon. I was aghast. The bright blue sky contrasted with red canyon and the white snow that had fallen on the ground. It was the colours of the American flag and oh, so amazing.
I wished we had more time here or could afford the helicopter ride over the Canyon as I would have loved to explore more.
We walked the Rim Trail as this is the only path we really had time for before we had to leave. We saw the Temple and deer hiding in the snow laden trees. They were too fast, so I only go a picture of a white tailed bottom.
From Yavapai Observation Station we saw the Horseshoe and the Indian Garden and met back up with our tour guide at Bright Angel Lodge.
On the way back to Las Vegas we saw the sunset in desert which was a beautiful ending to an awe striking day.