I had been to the Grand Canyon before, on a family vacation when I was a kid, but have not been back as an adult.
Neither Cindy nor Skye had ever been.
We had, of course, all seen many pictures of the Grand Canyon before but seeing it in person......
Impossible to describe or catch in photo or painting or...
One must see it firsthand to truly understand its grandeur, its magnificence, its size and scope.
It really does take one's breath away.
And then you start getting bumped around.
And as much as you try to block out the remarks and comments in just about every language on the planet, you can't.
We were at the park in the off-season and yet there were still throngs of tourists.
I am pretty funny when it comes to people and crowds.
I can file in with 20,000 people, packed in like sardines and tromp out 26 miles. I love festivals. The 50,000+ people at Burning Man was no problem for me. Crowds and hoards of people are usually not a problem for me, but I have left full shopping carts in Costco because the people were freaking me out. I have turned around in Toys R Us because I was overwhelmed by the amount of stuff being marketed.
And within 10 minutes of seeing the Grand Canyon and getting jostled about I was ready to bolt.
"Nearly five million people see the 1 mile deep (1.6 km) Grand Canyon each year.
Most of them see it from their car at overlooks along the South Rim
The North Rim, which lies just 10 miles / 16 km (as the California condor flies) directly across the Canyon from the South Rim.
It is 220 miles / 354 km by car from the South Rim."
We went to the visitor center. We went to the bookstore. We looked at the maps.
We didn't go back to any South Rim view points.
We didn't get any pictures.
We decided to drive 4 1/2 hours to get to the North Rim to see the sunset.
We Just Made It
I was very wary of "our" decision.
More often than not, what I suggest, what I put on the table for discussion, becomes a mandate, a written in stone decision that in my mind was a simple query.
I am more than a little aware of my idiosyncrasies and otherness and yet in my very other nuclear family my words get more value than I ever intended
But this time round, I made the right call.
We do better when we are other, whatever that might mean.