And the best way to see it is via helicopter! We used Maverick Helicopter Tours. (And yes, I'm sitting next to the pilot trying very hard to act like a normal person.)
Here's the very dramatic entrance into the Canyon, but it's not great because I wasn't shooting straight down. It took my breath away.
And here's another as we go over the TURQUOISE water of the Little Colorado near its entrance to the Colorado. Had to look straight down to get it, but it's that ice blue color - cool!
We also hiked just a bit down Bright Angel Trail. Now this was a harrowing experience, because it starts out as switchbacks and is only about 3-4 feet wide at most with no guardrail! Here's a pic at the Trailhead before Dean opted out.
A lot of people were just casually strolling along, but I was hugging the mountain. Drew and Lucas wanted to go through the arch about 3 switchbacks down, but I was a'skeered, so I just took a bunch of pictures, though when I saw Drew deviate, I did go down to investigate. I realized you can see his thought process through the series of pics, down to rubbing his chin while thinking, handing Lucas the water bottle to hold, and the little smirk at the end.
I'm just glad I didn't read this book before we did that.
So I have this morbid obsession with death (maybe it started when I worked in the morgue during medical school), and I was wondering how many people die at the Grand Canyon. Would you believe they were selling this book in the gift shop everywhere we went? Of course I bought it, and the stories just curl your hair and make me so glad that nothing happened to us. Let me know if you want to borrow it sometime, but Lucas already has dibs on it next!
Here are just a few more pics I took near sunset...not OF the sunset, of course, but of Lucas snapping the sunset!