“I believe in evolution. But I also believe, when I hike the Grand Canyon and see it at sunset, that the hand of God is there also.” -John McCain
Like a watercolor painting brought to life, the magnificent cliffs of the Grand Canyon loom, bold, brilliant, and beautiful. For a split second, I forget about my fear of heights, until I take a peek over the edge of the nearest cliff, longing to see the plains below, or at least the muddy waters of the Colorado River. Dizziness, nausea, and the fear of plunging over the edge, quickly send an alarming reminder. As I let my camera be my eyes to capture the depths, I take in all the beauty. If I ever questioned whether there was a God, the Grand Canyon sends a swift, yet powerful, reminder of the perfection of HIS creations.
Approximately three hours from the bustling Las Vegas strip stands this magnificent creation, formed by time and evolution. Named one of the seven wonders of the natural world, visitors have the opportunity to view the various gorges from land, air, or water. With a sanctity and tranquility guarded ferociously by the Hualapai Indians, the only way to tour this mammoth site, is through the purchase of a tour either on location or from an outside vendor.
Based on Trip Advisor recommendations, I decided to use Gray Line Tours booked via Canyon Tours. At an affordable price point, Gray Line provides tourists with transportation to the Canyon, access to the newly built sky walk, lunch, and three and a half hours to explore the west rim of the canyon on your own. And for an additional costs, helicopter, boat, and plane rides and/or a trip to the South Rim can be added to your custom itinerary.