Friday, June 17, 2016

50 Things To Do Before I'm 50 - Hike In the Grand Canyon

The fist item on my 50 Things To Do Before I'm 50 list originally read hike to the bottom of the Grand Canyon. This is one of the few goals that I've wanted to do for years, long before I created my 50 Things list around the time of my 45th birthday. However, the essence of my goal was to visit the Grand Canyon and do some hiking, so I'm perfectly content to check off this item after Robbie and I spent a day hiking along the 2.8 mile South Rim Trail on our Arizona Road Trip earlier this year.

It was an absolutely beautiful morning when we arrived at the Visitor Center parking lot. The temperature was only 54 degrees, but with the sunshine it was the perfect weather for hiking. After picking up a trail map, we headed out and got our first glimpse of the canyon. (Click on any photo in this post for a larger view!)

While I've seen lots of photos and heard reports of how amazing it is, I was still completely awed at the magnitude of the canyon.

There were lots of other hikers, however it never felt really crowded along the trail as it wasn't yet high tourist season.

We took tons of photos along the way.

I used the panoramic mode on my iPhone for this shot.

Along the way I also got lots of practice using the selfie stick.

The views truly were breathtaking.

I even made a few short videos, which I've spliced together here for your enjoyment!

I converted one of my favorite photos to black and white for the page in my 50 Things mini-album. You can see that I marked through to the bottom of and simply added the word in so that my accomplished goal reads: Hike in the Grand Canyon.

Check out my 50 Things To Do Before I'm 50 page to see the entire list and which items I've checked off so far! 


  1. Lovely post. I found you through the Venture link up. My husband and I visited the Grand Canyon as part of our honeymoon almost 10 years ago; I was completely in awe at the size! Well done with the selfie-stick - I still can't get to grips with mine :)

  2. Great snaps, and I enjoyed see you two on the video. The Grand Canyon is of course on our list as well - one of these days!

  3. I really enjoyed hearing your voice :) - and Robbie's too, briefly! Your photos are splendid - I'd love to visit one day ...

  4. It looks absolutely spectacular: I'm not surprised that a visit made it onto your list.

  5. You are really doing a great job getting through your list! Loved the little video!

  6. It's truly a fantastic place, and you were lucky to have had such clear weather! You picked one of my favorite photos of the two of you to scrap!

  7. Well done for getting something more ticked off the list. The Grand Canyon is truly grand.

  8. This is on my list - just to visit and hike a bit. So I enjoyed your photos and am glad you got to go. Nice to see the adaptation of your goal too.

  9. Yay, love that you got this one done and I truly love your yellow hat! Hearing your voice was an added bonus. I expected more of an accent but maybe it's because I'm Southern I just didn't notice it much.

  10. LOVED your cute little video! Seeing the pics, I'm really bummed that our great nation had closed down all the national parks during my scheduled visit. Still... on the someday list!


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