Did you know the average Grand Canyon visitor only spends 15 minutes looking at the Canyon?
Revealing the Grand Canyon
When we were on our Adventures by Disney vacation, last month, I wondered how they would reveal the Grand Canyon. Many of the guests had never seen it, before. We’d seen it a few times and I wanted to know how they’d make it “new” for us.
I know, in the past, they used paper bags over people’s heads. That must not have worked out too well, as that’s not how they do it, now.
Turns out, they line us up, guide us to the railing (all with your head down, staring at your feet), and then have you close your eyes. On the count of 3, you all open your eyes to behold the beauty of the Grand Canyon.
Grand Canyon is Grand!
Fifteen minutes doesn’t even begin to reveal the Grand Canyon. It’s 271 miles long, has two rims, multiple trails in and out of the canyon, and stories that can last a lifetime.
We last visited the Grand Canyon in 2012. Allison and I visited a couple times, before that trip. It never gets old. Each visit reveals a new aspect of the Grand Canyon.
I think the most spectacular, this time, was the sunset on the first night. Combined with a double rainbow and sheets of rain, spectacular only touches the surface.
Grand Canyon Thunderbird Lodge
We had another first on this trip. We stayed inside the Grand Canyon National Park. Not only inside, but right on the South Rim!
The Thunderbird Lodge was home for two nights and it was awesome. Yes, it’s a bit older and dated. Not a 5 star lodge, but certainly a 5 star location. The beds were comfortable. The coffee was good. The view was spectacular.
The Grand Canyon truly offers a wide range of experiences. Fifteen minutes could never suffice for this grand location.