|Ashlee's & Emilee's first view of the Grand Canyon|
|Such an amazing sight to see|
We got to our favorite spot and sat down to relax for a bit. Well, I don’t know how much relaxing I did with Scott and Ashlee hanging themselves off of the edge! Emilee and I hung a few feet back from the edge… we are weenies! After a few minutes though, much to Ashlee’s dismay, I finally had to get her to scoot back from the edge – she was freaking me out!
|The view from our favorite spot|
|Ashlee couldn't wait to dangle herself off the edge just to mess with me!|
|Emilee wasn't getting anywhere near the edge.|
While we were sitting there taking in the view, something moved in my peripheral vision. Scared me to death, but it was just a squirrel... a very friendly squirrel. He came right up to us hoping for a scrap of food, which we didn’t give him, and then he sprawled right out on the rock beside us to bask in the sunshine.
|Look how he is sprawled out just catching some rays.|
|He looks like he's praying.|
|Mules on the trail we were heading down|
|At the top of the trail|
|Stopping to yield to the mules|
On our way back up the trail, we stopped off to rest beside a couple of ladies who were also resting. They overheard me talking and asked where we were from. I don’t know what gave it away that I was not from the area! ;-) When I told them I was from Winston-Salem, they were shocked. One of them was from High Point, and the other said she was from just outside of Winston. I asked whereabouts outside of Winston, and she said she was from Advance. Unbelievable! We are over halfway across the country and we run into someone who lives five miles away from us.
|View from the trail we were hiking|
|View of the Colorado River at the bottom of the canyon|
After our hike and our little chat with neighbors from home, we got back on the shuttle for the ride back to the visitor’s center. Of course, we had to stop off at the gift shop first where Scott had an encounter with a block of ice (photo below).
|Does he look hot?|
Although that’s a “fun” pic, my most “fun” pic of the day also spotlights Scott. The park was pretty crowded, and some people had to stand between stops. A family got onto the bus and stood right beside Scott. When one of the ladies raised her arm to hold onto the rail above Scott’s head, his head shot sideways and he looked back at me and Emilee (he and Ashlee were sitting in front of us). We realized what he was trying to tell us when I looked up at the lady that was standing above him. She had on a tank top, and we’re assuming she was foreign because there she stood, arms raised right above Scott’s head, in all her hairy armpit glory. When I say hairy armpits, I’m talking long enough to braid! I know Scott’s brother, Chris, is getting a huge kick out of this! You should have seen it in person. For those of you who don’t know Scott very well, he has a very weak stomach. He was gagging, and the girls and I were rolling. I was laughing so hard, I had tears rolling down my face. And I just couldn’t resist sneaking a picture. So, Chris, enjoy the snapshot!
|Feel free to click on the pic to zoom in to get a feel for what Scott experienced!|