January 30 – After spending an exciting weekend in Phoenix with business partners talking about travel and leadership I opted to spend an extra day in Arizona to see the Grand Canyon.
I was up super early so I could get across town to connect with the tour bus. I caught glimpses of the desert sunrise as we made our way to Sedona. I was tempted to nap but our driver, Wayne, was pretty chatty and the scenery was pretty.
Sedona was as beautiful as I’d been told, but cooler than I had expected. Fortunately I’d read enough about the tour to know there can be a 30+ temperature difference between Phoenix and the Canyon so I had packed a jacket.
The bus dropped us at a coffee shop for a comfort break. Coffee and a sack lunch in hand I went for a little walk hoping to find an angle that would give me a nice view of the rock formations without the sun glare.
From Sedona we took a spectacular scenic drive through Oak Creek Canyon. It was covered in a nice blanket of snow from a storm that had gone through a few days earlier. We carried on through Flagstaff and made a brief stop at the Cameron Trading Post on the Navajo Reservation. Along the way I attempted to take some pictures of the Painted Hills but they don’t do it justice.
My first glimpse of the canyon was as awe-inspiring as I expected it to be. Talk about a seat with a view.
We stopped at several viewpoints on our way to the Grand Canyon Village. Each with its own unbelievable view of the canyon. It was hard to grasp the enormity of it all.
The view at the village was nice too, but I found the other viewpoints far more interesting. For reference our tour entered through the East Entrance of the South Rim, toured West for ~25 miles to Grand Canyon Village.
From the village we made our way back to Phoenix. It was a long day but certainly worth the time and effort.