The Grand Canyon has been on my bucket list of places to see before I die for a long time. Cory, too, has also longed to go, and so it seemed like a good choice for our first vacation together. We were leaving a few days after my finals so I didn’t have a lot of time to think about the trip, what we would do, etc. We were just going for a weekend so we really couldn’t plan much anyway. I knew I wanted to see the Watchtower and of course the canyon.
I was feeling a bit nervous because this was my first trip with a significant other. Cory and I get along well and haven’t argued about anything. So my worry was “what if he decides after this trip he doesn’t want to be with me anymore?!” You know the usual irrational thoughts.
We left on a Saturday morning; we had to be up at 4AM to get to the airport in time and catch our plane. Knowing we had to be up that early I didn’t sleep well and woke up way before the alarm. We made it to Phoenix by 9am their time. As we were taking the shuttle from the airport to the rental car lot, I got very excited to see my first catci in person, and why did I not realize that Phoenix has palm trees? I saw my very first palm trees in San Francisco back in 2009 and hadn’t seen any since.
The guy who was walking us to our rental car was talking it up and I see us walking toward this adorable lime green car. I guess some people don’t want to be seen in a lime green car but it was perfect for the road trip we had ahead to the Grand Canyon.
Before I left people kept telling me about the dry heat in PHX. I’m used to a humid climate, which is why I hibernate in the summer, so when I felt dry heat for the first time I was in love.
One of the first places we stopped on the way was at a rest stop with a beautiful lookout point. I love when I go to places and there are signs warning of poisonous creatures in the area. Fortunately, we didn’t see anything remotely poisonous.
We made it to the Grand Canyon that evening. We were both exhausted and ready to get out of the car. I don’t think I’ve ever been this tired before. We ate at a nearby restaurant and it took every last bit of energy not to just lay my head down on the table and fall asleep. We got back to our room and fell asleep immediately. I felt incredibly guilty of this because it was still very early and our time there was very limited but at this point we needed to sleep.
The next morning we got up and spent a few hours doing a scenic drive to the Watchtower and stopped at the many lookout points along the way. The Watchtower was by far my favorite part of the trip. I did love seeing the Canyon but when you stay on the same rim, you’re pretty much looking at the same canyon, just a different perspective. The Watchtower was something new to look at and it was very photo worthy.
Here’s one of us…
I posted a few more photos over on my flickr account, you can watch a slideshow here. The end.