One of the big stops on our trip was, of course, the Grand Canyon. Neither of us had ever been and you can't drive by that close without making at least a quick stop. We visited on the first full day of the trip, drove straight from Denver, Colorado to the park. It was a 13.5 hour trip packed with tons of awesome little stops to take photos along the way (more on that another day though!) The Grand Canyon might have been our most touristy stop of the whole trip but it is definitely something you have to see for yourself. Photos do not do this place justice.
The photo above is one of my absolute favorite photos from the whole trip. 

One thing I found kind of funny about the Grand Canyon was there were no fences, at least not anywhere we were walking. Compared to the other parks we visited on this trip, the Grand Canyon was the most lax with rules, which makes it my favorite. I guess I have a bit of an issue with authority, so signs that tell me to stay back or keep on the path kind of make me a bit sour, even if they are for my own safety. I enjoyed the fact you could climb around anywhere you wanted for the most part.

Exiting the park we saw a sign for bison crossing. We both agreed that would be the only thing that could make our short trip to the Grand Canyon any better. What do we see around the next corner? A herd of bison! It was an incredible sight. There were so many of them. The babies were the cutest little things I've ever seen.

I think my mom would kill me if she knew how close we got to them. I seem to recall a home video from when we took a family trip out west when I was a toddler, we also saw a herd of bison then. She's taping from the van and there are people approaching the bison for photos and she says "what idiots!" Haha. Sorry mom, I couldn't resist the opportunity. Who knows when I'll ever see bison again in person!? There was one point when Jeff was shooting photos of the largest male of the group and he locked eyes with Jeff's camera. He just stared him down for the longest time. I had a mini freak out. "Jeff... Oh my gosh! Jeff... I think... we should go now..."
If you haven't visited the Grand Canyon yet, you must make it a priority to do so in your lifetime! You certainly won't regret it... unless, of course, you get too close to some bison. ;)
xoxo

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  1. When I visited the Grand Canyon my sister and I took a moonlit ranger guided walk around part of the rim. It was awesome and yet terrifying since we didn't know it was suggested you bring a flashlight. We were pretty much walking blind, but you could see vague outlines of things because of the moonlight.

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  2. Such gorgeous photos! When I visited Vegas in April, I got a helicopter out to the Canyon. That was just incredible. x

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  3. I love this place! I must go back!!!
    Jordyn
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  4. About an hour from my house there is a drive-through zoo-ish thing, which is fenced in around the whole park but there are no individual cages/enclosures for the non-dangerous animals (things like tigers and bears get to chill in their own safe areas). You can buy wheat bread and feed the animals from your car, including bison. They try to stick their whole heads in your windows and have huge purple tongues and it is terrifying at first but once you drive through once and get used to it you drive through again (you can drive through as many times as you want) and are like YO LLAMA GET YO ASS OVA HERE AND EAT SOME BREAD. BUFFALO YOU CRAY CRAY STOP BUMPING MY CAR.

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    1. Hahah! I've always wanted to visit one of those places!

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    2. One of my earliest memories is being absolutely terrified that I was going to be eaten by a buffalo at that place. Then disgust because I was covered in buffalo spit.

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  5. It makes me happy to read this post because you seem so genuinely happy! :)

    I hope I get to see some bison some day - that sounds like an amazing experience!

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  6. What great photos! I haven't been to the Grand Canyon yet but I'm glad it's a climbing free-for-all! Such great photos to be taken, I'm sure! I can't wait to see more!

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  7. These photos are great! and will provide great memories to look back on. Ive never been to the Grand Canyon but its always been on my super American touristy things to do during my life.

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  8. Can we just talk about the font choice for that sign? I love it. Beautiful photos!

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  9. I've never been to the Grand Canyon, but you've definitely made a good case for going — as always, your photos/adventures are incredible <3

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  10. So, the Grand Canyon is a park you enter at your own risk. Wow! I'd like to go there. I love YOLO adventures.

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  11. All those years living in the states and wanting to see a ton of places I never got to see most of them. Grand Canyon was definitely on that list but who knows when I'll be back there going around the country. I'll just have to enjoy it from your photos for now :)

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