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This week marked the first time I ever laid eyes on the Grand Canyon, courtesy of a bus trip from Las Vegas and a new freelancing gig with Viator. The Canyon is stunning — that goes without saying. But this trip solidified for me the type of traveling I’m becoming. It’s no longer enough for me to simply sightsee and look at something idly. When I looked down into the great trenches formed by the Colorado River, all I could think was how I wanted to be climbing or hiking or rafting all over it. But for now I’m so grateful I got a little taste of what is to come.

As I write this I am back in the arctic tundra that is Upstate New York. Let’s not talk about it.

Photo A

Hoover DamMy tour included a quick stop at the engineering marvel that is The Hoover Dam.

Photo B

Grand Canyon West RimTraveling alone means getting a little creative with self portraits. The photo on the right reminds me of one of the pictures in Photo of the Week 45!

Photo C

Grand Canyon West RimA crow looks over the West Rim.

Have you been to the Grand Canyon? Which photo is your favorite?

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14 Comments...
  • Sarah Somewhere
    November 18 2012

    B! A self-portrait in silhouette, a cactus and a tee-pee? Can’t go wrong!!! Glad you enjoyed the canyon, my friend Km hiked it earlier this year – it looked SO hard!!!
    Sarah Somewhere recently posted..Back on the Road in Chiapas

    • Alex
      November 18 2012

      I really want to get in and hike it someday! Or maybe raft it… seems a bit less strenuous šŸ™‚

  • Gaelyn
    November 18 2012

    Come back to the the canyon in spring and fall and we’ll hike to the bottom. I never tire of the Grand Canyon view all summer while I work there.
    Gaelyn recently posted..Painting in the clouds

    • Alex
      November 18 2012

      I’d love to take you up on that someday Gaelyn!

  • Elaine Burr - Gram E
    November 18 2012

    B – because you’re in it. I’ve been there a few times. I had relatives (father’s sister) living there, Only time I met my two cousins – young adults. They’ve since passed away. Husband was Gen, Raleigh E. Chambers, commander of Koren war, and in charge of American Evacuation Hospitals in England during World War II

    • Alex
      November 18 2012

      I’m glad you’ve been somewhere so beautiful so many times!

  • Julika
    November 18 2012

    Great photos! I would love to go to the Grand Canyon some time… I can imagine how little you must feel next to nature that impressive!
    Julika recently posted..The Dilemma of (Fake) Fantasy Travel

    • Alex
      November 18 2012

      It really does give you some serious perspective. I’d love to get down in there someday soon… I imagine you feel even smaller looking up from the inside!

  • Carla
    November 19 2012

    Hi Alex… šŸ™‚

    I left you a really long comment on one of your old posts… i have been reading you blog right from the beginnig and am up to August 2012 šŸ™‚ I cannot remember which post i left my comment on now so i hope you see this one…i asked you about your plans to travel to Indonesia and Australia as i have been away from the UK since 2009 although my story is a little different…

    Thanks šŸ™‚

    • Alex
      November 19 2012

      Hey Carla, yes I left a long response to that comment! My replies should go straight to your email, so perhaps check your spam folder! But yes, I am indeed heading to Indonesia in February of this year….

  • Dad
    November 19 2012

    I like B…the silhouette and all

    • Alex
      November 19 2012

      I’m getting good at those! A creative way to be in a picture when you’re traveling alone.

  • Shaun
    November 19 2012

    Nice pics! When I was there, I made the off comment of “I thought I’d be bigger” to my friend and got a few dirty looks for it…

    really… no humor people?

    • Alex
      November 19 2012

      I would have laughed šŸ™‚ In fact, I just did!

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