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My Grand Canyon Vacation

I once traveled to one of the 7 wonders of the world. It all began when my family started to discuss taking a vacation to the Grand Canyon. I was extremely excited! After the traveling plans had been discussed amongst the three of us, I immediately started to pack a carry-on suitcase, even though we weren’t leaving for three more weeks.

I am an avid rock hound and after two years of begging to travel to the Grand Canyon, I was finally getting my chance! At last the departure day arrived. After a quick check of the luggage and the house to confirm that we did not forget to pack anything important and that the house was locked, we scrambled to the car and began our journey.

Once we were at the airport, we zoomed through security. The plane was not scheduled to leave for another 45 minutes, so we decided to sit down and wait for the boarding announcement. When I saw the plane, I saw that it was massive! It was a brand-new sleek and shiny 747 jumbo-jet! At last! We were finally on board the plane that would take us to the Grand Canyon. As the jumbo-sized jets roared, and shot burning hot air out of the back of them, I could feel the pressure of the G-force suck me back into my seat as we rocketed up to speed! My face felt like it was being drawn to the back of my head. This feeling quickly subsided after we left the ground.

A few hours later, we touched down in Phoenix, Arizona, generating a plume of tire smoke behind us. I could not wait to get off of the plane and take a nice, deep breath of dry Arizona air. When we finally got into our rental car, we immediately drove to a nearby hotel since it was very late at night. We practically collapsed into our hotel beds. After, we all woke up, promptly at 6:00am, as Phoenix is 2 hours behind E.S.T. (in Florida). We quickly loaded to the car so that we could get an early start on driving to the Grand Canyon and a new hotel, almost 5 hours away. When we finally arrived at the Grand Canyon, words could not even begin to describe the sight that lay out before our eyes. It was like a beautiful painting and the river below resembled a winding path of glittering diamonds.

The first thing that we decided to do was to take a hike down into the canyon. After packing one and a half gallons of water, we decided that it was safe to go on our hike. The park rangers had warned us to take a lot of water. It was simply breathtaking to descend into the multi-layered, magnificent canyon. The only things that we had to watch out for was the waste left by donkeys that were used to carry tourists into the Canyon, and the steep drop at the edge of the path that would surly kill a hiker if he lost his footing and went over. My Mom had to stop every 5 meters to take a picture. Well, about every 20 meters actually. Every view looked the same to me but they all needed to be recorded for eternity according to my Mom. By the end of the trip she must have taken at least 500 pictures! My face hurt from all the smiling. About 4 miles down into the canyon hike, we figured out that we were getting low on water. This was scary, because we were basically in a desert with little water and it was going to be quite a trek to get out. We immediately turned around and began hiking back to the top. It was not an easy task, because going up was hard enough without worrying about dehydration, the feces, and the edge of death. We still took some pictures on the way up, but I didn’t understand why since they were the same as the pictures on the way down. By the time we made it to the top, I was panting and my legs were about to fall off. We all took massive gulps from the nearest water fountain. Next time I hike in the desert I’ll be sure to bring to bring a lot more water.

We spent one more day at the Canyon and we saw a breathtaking sunset. Our next stops included the red hills of Sedona, the Painted Desert, and the Petrified Forest. As beautiful as those were, they paled in comparison to the Grand Canyon.


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