The Grand Canyon, a widely talked about place and supposedly one of the greatest places to visit, is one that I had never experienced. What makes it such a grand and amazing place? My family and I left for the canyon by train – departing on The Grand Canyon Railway from Williams, Arizona. The train had multiple cars, reclining seats and delicious desserts. I even loved the slight drizzle outside the windows coming down from the massive, gloomy clouds. On the two hour and fifteen minute train ride, we saw cattle in the countryside and elk grazing among the beautiful ponderosa pine trees. We were entertained by a cowgirl playing an accordion. She was able to get the whole car singing along with her. This summer vacation was starting out perfectly and it only got better.
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We arrived at the Maswik Lodge after a short walk and it seemed as if it hung right on the cliff of the canyon. Then, unexpectedly the concierge told us we did not have a room even though we had made a reservation months ago. They quickly searched their files and eventually found our reservation, but they did not have any suites left. We were then given two rooms, where my brother and I got one for ourselves that included two queen-size beds and a Plasma Screen TV. My parents were in the next room with the same accommodations, but we enjoyed being ‘on our own’ for the duration of our stay.
The next morning before journeying out, my family and I enjoyed a breakfast buffet, which was included in our vacation package. There were so many good things to eat – an omelet making station, a yogurt, fruit and granola bar, along with the main serving table that had steaming trays of scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon, pancakes and French toast, and finally an abundance of muffins and danish. A server brought us unlimited beverages and my brother and I always opted for chocolate milk. We like refills!
We then took a free shuttle bus to numerous spots at the Grand Canyon. The views I enjoyed the most were from Hopi Point and Hermit's Rest. You could see deep into the canyon and even get a glimpse of the Colorado River. It was astounding how incredible the scene before me was. You could not be told or shown a picture of the Grand Canyon to truly enjoy its fine details and expansive depth. My jaw dropped because of some of the astonishing sights I had of it, it seemed almost surreal at times, but I was reassured of its purity as I saw donkeys moving along their trail at the bottom. After making our journey around the stops at the canyon we headed back to Williams on the train. Again we enjoyed refreshments and some entertainment from a squeeze-box playing cowboy. The train was also held up by a band of cowboys that stopped the train and pretended to rob it’s passengers. The photo ops were great.
I am determined to go back to the Grand Canyon again, but next time I’d like to go rafting on the Colorado River. I feel lucky to have seen this amazing place and to have learned so many interesting facts about it. I loved our trip to the Grand Canyon and I would never trade this experience for anything in the world.
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