Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Clark Griswold Experience
A couple of weeks ago, during my very LONG drive across Route 66 to Atlanta, I did manage to stop by and see the Grand Canyon.
I almost skipped it, but everyone said "You have to see it...you HAVE to see it." and, since I didn't really have an excuse not to, I decided to take a quick detour and see what all the hoopla was about.
To be honest...it was just okay.
I mean, it's certainly a really big crack in the Earth and something you don't just see everywhere. The view is pretty amazing the first time you see it and the terrain is interesting...for a few minutes.
But, after the extra hour of driving off the freeway towards it and then another hour of driving through the park to the lot and then a series of tram rides to get to a place with some kind of a view and then hiking a gazillion winding pathways uphill only to see a very similar view as the last place you had just visited...I was kinda done.
OH...and most of those winding pathways run dangerously close to the edge of the canyon without a single guardrail to prevent you from easily plummeting to your death onto the jagged rocks far below.
To be fair, my experience was probably less thrilling because I had just driven for 12 consecutive hours and thought, as I was exiting the freeway, that there would probably be one or two quick "Oooo Aaahhhh" areas for photos, a serene spiritual moment to contemplate life, and then I'd slip back into my car and continue my drive completely overwhelmed by the majesty that I had just witnessed.
Ehhh...not so much.
Although, I will say I momentarily envied all of the other people watching the sunset who appeared to be having the very spiritual experience I had hoped to have upon my arrival four hours earlier.
They all just sat there calmly and took it in...very relaxed...and didn't seem to care one bit that they were in the way of every single shot I was trying to get of the canyon at sunset.
So...I quickly knocked them all over the edge with a really big stick, took this picture, and headed back on the road towards my new home.
See Grand Canyon.