Day Two: Grand Canyon Or Bust

South rim of the Grand Canyon at sunset, looking north.
South rim of the Grand Canyon at sunset, looking north.

After checking out of our hotel in the Yucca Valley, we took a few side roads through the Mojave Desert to get to Route 40. The Mojave is Bleak with a capital B, but it was really interesting to see how quickly the landscape changed as we crossed into Arizona. The desert gave way to green pastures and we saw rain clouds on the horizon.

We checked into our next hotel in Williams, AZ and then drove about an hour north to the south rim of the Grand Canyon. The first thing that struck me was how much vegetation there is along the rim of the canyon. I always thought the area surrounding the canyon was much more barren. What really amazed me is that you can’t see the canyon until you are right on top of it.

We had just enough time to hit a few of the viewing areas along the south rim before the sun started going down and the rain started. We drove back to Williams through dueling thunderstorms, complete with lightning and a fiery red sunset to the west. Photographs cannot do this place justice. It’s the most amazing thing I’ve ever seen and that is not hyperbole.