The Grand Canyon has several areas that cater to visitors, but Taylor and I decided to spend our trip on the southern rim. The Rim Trail on the southern side is a leisurely walk through time. As we traveled along the path we found it difficult to stay on; we had to discover more of this incredible wonder. The harrowing heights, beautifully striped walls, and sheer size of the canyon make the experience surreal. The canyon is absolutely breathtaking.
We thought looking at the canyon from above was mesmerizing, but the views from inside were even more incredible. We chose to take the Bright Angel trail to reach the bottom of the canyon. We set out on this windy trail in the heat of the day, losing our breath from the trail and from the beauty of the canyon surrounding us.
After a steady descent on countless switchbacks, we managed to reach Indian Gardens at the four and a half mile mark. Indian Gardens provided a great change of scenery from layers of ancient rock to lush, green desert flora. The true height of the canyon walls cannot be understood unless one stands under them. Even though we didn't go far enough to truly break free of the canyon walls and make it to the Colorado River, we did enjoy every second of the flora, fauna, and sediment all around us.
It was a special place to be until we realized that we had to make the trek back up. We appreciated every second of the journey through the canyon, our legs did not. After Taylor asked to stop seemingly after every step, we reached the rim that we had left roughly eight hours earlier. We gazed down with pride at our route before crashing at the nearby Bright Angel Lodge.