Hey there! Long time no see! I've been MIA in blogland for a while, but I'm super excited to be back and to share a few (read: a trillion) photos from our trip to the Grand Canyon a few weeks ago! Neither Andy or I had ever been, so it was really fun to camp, go on hikes, and breathe in the great outdoors for a few days. The Grand Canyon is no joke. It really lives up to its title as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the world. There really is no bad seat in the house when it comes to the Grand Canyon, but if I had to pick one spot to teleport to at this very moment in time, it would be Desert View Watchtower. Aside from the fact that it made me feel like a real live Rapunzel, it truly offered the greatest views, in my opinion.
Desert View Watchtower is a 70 foot tall stone building, which obviously terrified me since heights are my worst nightmare. My heart did skip a few beats on the way up, but the view was 100% worth it! You can see for miles from the observation deck, and the walk up through the tower is that much more pleasant thanks to the beautiful painted images on the walls.
The tower is about 25-30 minutes from the main campground in the South Rim of the canyon, but it is absolutely worth the drive. Since we were headed to the tower around lunch time, we decided to pack our food and have a little picnic while we were out there. It may have been because I was feeling way more relaxed after seeing so much of the beautiful canyon, or perhaps adventurous Rapunzel was coming out of me, but I didn't even flip out when my husband suggested we have a picnic with our feet hanging off a little cliff. Totally no big deal to eat my sandwich in the face of death *hair flip emoji*. But really-best lunch ever!
We spotted these cuties on our drive back to the campground. Obviously after spending a few hours in the wild we were total experts and we decided these were deer so we named all of them Sven (from Frozen, of course!). Turns out they're actually elk, and they're slightly terrifying. They're so much bigger then I could ever really imagine, and one of the park rangers mentioned that they get super aggressive when it gets closer to Fall time. Eeek! We'll just continue pretending they're happy reindeer with goofy smiles who can sing, ha!
Have you ever visited the Grand Canyon? If so, where's your favorite lookout spot?