Why the west is grand

I had no idea how amazing the west really is.  Pictures can not do this justice.  We were both excited to finally see the Grand Canyon, but when we saw a sign for the Rio Grande Gorge near Taos.  Since we hit Taos first, we were both so impressed by it!

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We parked in a totally sketchy parking lot and joined the tourists on the bridge over the gorge.

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It is pretty grand, no?

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Of course not nearly as grand as the grand canyon.

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Yeah, that’s big.

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I love the illustrations on some of the signs.  Check out the poor guy falling off the edge.

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Dan wanted to hike down the trail into the canyon, but I was a bit of a scaredy cat.  The path wasn’t as bad as I had anticipated.

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But it would have been more fun to ride a mule.

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I wonder if they mind have their faces in the other mule’s butt.

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We were pretty deep down there

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But there was a lot further to go…

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We headed up about a mile down but were a bit worried about storms and so we climbed back out.  I wish we had walking sticks!

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Once we got to the top we decided to go to Powell’s Point (my maiden name). 

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Unfortunately, the skies had opened up and Dan and I were woefully unprepared. Grand Canyon-046

I wish I could capture the rain

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I could capture that we looked like drowned rats

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Unfortunately, the rain interrupted part of our hike, but at least we had gone down into the canyon already!

 

Have you been to the grand canyon?  What was your favorite part?