Sunday, July 13, 2014

Grand Canyon (South Rim)

07.2014 Arizona, USA

Before the trip, I remember my friend asked me where I want to go.  I just told her that I just wanna see the Grand Canyon and go back to the Strip. I didn’t demand for any other places ‘coz I know she just had a baby and it’s really hard for us to go places.  These two would really make my vacation complete.

I really didn’t know my friends plan until I get back to Vegas. A week had passed and I found out that we will push through with the plans. Weeee soooooo happy, I really wanted to go there. This is actually one of the highlights of my second visit to the US.


The Grand Canyon, is a steep-sided canyon carved by the Colorado River in the United States in the state of Arizona. It is contained within and managed by Grand Canyon National Park, the Hualapai Tribal Nation, and the Havasupai Tribe. Wikipedia


Scenic route from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon.






Based on my research now, the closest to Vegas for nearly two hours drive is the West Rim where the Skywalk is located. From the reviews, it is not as impressive, more expensive and bad roads on the way so the South rim is still worth the visit despite the long drive.


And yes, my Happy Feet finally get here in one of the Wonders of the World. #bucketlist


Designated as a World Heritage Site.


South Rim

The South Rim is the most visited rim of the Grand Canyon and its open all year round, 24 hours a day including all holidays.  Nearly five million people see 1 mile (1.6km) deep Grand Canyon each year with an elevations average of 7000 feet/ 2134 m above sea level.  It is the most accessible part of the park.  The South Rim includes the Grand Canyon Village, Hermit Road and Desert View Drive.  

Entrance Fee:
Admission to Grand Canyon National Park is for seven days, and includes both the North Rim and South Rim. No refunds are given due to inclement weather.
$25 (USD) per private vehicle
$12 (USD) admits one individual when entering by foot, bicycle or motorcycle. Individuals 15 years old and younger are admitted free of charge.


Stop by Grand Canyon Visitor Center to get started. You will find information about visitor services and park ranger programs, as well as a map and information about how to use the free shuttle buses. You will also find advise about seasonal conditions and how to stay safe during your visit.


Start of a five minute trail to Mather’s Point, the closest to the entrance station and a short walk from the visitor center. Since we have a baby we decided to just enjoy this side of the rim.

Mather Point

WOW, is the first word that came out of my mouth when I had my first glimpse of the Canyon. I was in awe and amazed by its beauty.  I stand still and just keep on looking for about a minute before I move my hands and click on my camera.  These photos cannot do justice to its real beauty; you should come and see it.

Now drool.....






Now breath..... and drool again :-P


  


I don’t know where he’s going; can you see this brave guy?




[Upper Left Photo] Mather point was named in honor of Stephen Tyng Mather. He led a publicity campaign to promote the creation of a unified federal agency to oversee National Parks administration and was appointed as the first director of the National Park Service.

[Upper Right Photo] A sign of no littering and tossing of coins as they can kill the animals, please let us protect the park wildlife.

[Below Photo] The viewing platform, you are fortunate if this place is not full so you can take a better selfie hehehe.


And this on this spot! I just love her jump shot pose, glad to capture it.  Sayang lang, dami extra.


I got my spot without a crowd but be careful.



WOW! Just wow!



For more helpful tips you can visit these sites:


Dunno what kind of flower/plant is this, ang cute lang first time to see it.


And don’t forget to take your souvenir photo here at the entrance sign, turista lang ang peg.


Along the way, we saw this deer crossing the street so be careful and vigilant as this is a common sight in the south rim. 

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Now, if you are coming from Vegas, I suggest you get a tour. Five hours drive is really tiring, reserve your energy if you wish to pass on a trek or hike in the Canyon. And don’t forget your camera of course to capture one of the worlds’ wonder.

This will now erase in my bucket list, but I still wish to go back to see the other sides of the Canyon. 


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