I am from low desert, which is more arid and a lot warmer than the higher desert areas in the northern part of the state. As we traveled the few hours north, the landscape changed significantly, which is absolutely fascinating to me.
I was a passenger for the majority of this trip. I drove us out to the Grand Canyon on Thursday, but my father and brother took the wheel the majority of the time, which allowed me to take plenty of photos.
We stayed in Flagstaff for 4 days and took drives out to surrounding areas in order to experience the Grand Canyon and take in the sights.
I was the most excited for the Grand Canyon, perhaps that is why I chose to drive. It is about an hour and 20 minutes away from Flagstaff.
There is thick forest the majority of the way there. I know that because I am from a low desert region any trees at all look like a forest, but this is a REAL forest with ponderosa pines. As you make it through this forest, you can see that gorgeous wonder peaking through the trees as you approach the edge of the Grand Canyon.
We visited the Southern Rim of the Grand Canyon and toured that edge.
You can see a small portion of the Colorado River running through the canyon in the photo below. It is that upside down triangle shape right at the center.
A storm started to roll in as we made our way west. The thunder would echo through the canyon and it was just marvelous. I hadn't felt so overwhelmed with excitement and wonder in such a long time.
I have plenty more photos to share, but these shall suffice for now.
Until next time.