When visiting the Grand Canyon, catching the sunset is a can’t miss opportunity. After doing much research for our trip there, I decided we’d camp out at Yaki Point to catch the sun go down over the canyon.
We can thank the Colorado River for both man-made and natural wonders that we experienced on the last leg of our West Coast & beyond trip together. After spending a few hours at the magnificent Hoover Dam, we entered the great state of Arizona, bound for one of the seven natural wonders of the world.
Before Joel and I left for our trip, several people told me that pictures don’t do the Grand Canyon justice — you have to see it in person to really understand and enjoy how truly magnificent it is. And damn, were they right. There’s something completely magical and humbling about looking down into the great, colorful depths of the canyon and realizing that it was all created by a river, one that you can’t even see from the top, and that for million of years, humans and animals have looked down upon some similar version of the canyon.
In September 2011, I flew out to San Francisco to present at a conference for work. It was my first real visit to the West Coast since I had been there as a child (circa 1987 or something like that), which I don’t quite remember because I was all of three years old. I immediately texted Joel and told him — we HAVE to come back here.
Fast forward three years and it finally happened — our plane touched down at SFO on September 4, with 10 days and 1400 miles of road ahead of us.
We biked. We hiked. We walked. We drove a lot. We ate even more. We saw the most beautiful scenery. It was an absolute blast and I cannot wait to recount the entire adventure. Here are our main stops:
- San Francisco
- Napa Valley
- Pacific Coast Highway/Big Sur
- Pismo Beach
- Los Angeles
- Las Vegas
- Hoover Dam
- Grand Canyon
- Phoenix/Tucson (I did this leg solo — Since I had a conference in Phoenix, I dropped Joel off at the airport on a Sunday so that he could get back to work and then headed down to Tucson to visit some family before heading north again for work.)