Galentine's Day in The Grand Canyon, A Photo Essay

Passion is born in the moment you catch a glimpse of your potential.
— Fred Smith

For Valentine's Day 2016, a coworker of mine and I decided that we would pop our Las Vegas cherry and take a weekend getaway to celebrate her birthday and the holiday weekend.  We had agreed that we would take a visit to the Grand Canyon.  If I can be transparent, I wasn't initially too excited about it, but I felt as though it was something I had to do because I was in Las Vegas.  I am so glad that she pushed me towards this experience because I was in awe of how beautiful of a space the national park was.  As much as I love my photos, there is nothing like seeing this in person and if you have the opportunity to visit, please go. 

Related Post: The Anatomy of a Galentine's Day Weekend In Las Vegas


The Journey Towards The Grand Canyon

After doing a bit of research, we discovered a tour company that would give us a roundtrip on an air-conditioned bus, lunch, a rest stop, and time to tour the Grand Canyon for $88.  Comparing packages we determined that this was the deal we wanted to go with and away we went.  

It took about 3 hours for us to get to the South Rim and our bus driver made two stops for us on the way to keep us satisfied.  One stop included a rest stop in which I tried jerky for the first time and another was at a restaurant / gift shop for us to purchase souvenirs prior to arriving at The Grand Canyon.  It really wasn't a bad deal and it was nice to relax and sleep after waking up at 5:30 am in Las Vegas to toast to birthday mimosas. 

When you have to wake up at 5:30 am after your first night in Vegas and it's your friend's birthday, it is only right that you celebrate with mimosas! 

When you have to wake up at 5:30 am after your first night in Vegas and it's your friend's birthday, it is only right that you celebrate with mimosas! 

The city girl capturing nature at its finest. 

The city girl capturing nature at its finest. 

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At the rest stop getting some practice photos done. 

At the rest stop getting some practice photos done. 

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I was surprisingly excited to see snow in Arizona.  This is probably because I was ignorant to the fact that this was thing.

I was surprisingly excited to see snow in Arizona.  This is probably because I was ignorant to the fact that this was thing.

This is a big deal at the Grand Canyon.  Just don't do it! 

This is a big deal at the Grand Canyon.  Just don't do it! 


Welcome to the Grand Canyon!

Our tour guide informed us that there were two ways to observe the South Rim.  We could stay on the street path or we could take the 2 mile path and experience it up close and personal.  Being the adventurous traveling spirit I am, naturally, I wanted us to get as close as possible.  It was a wonderful afternoon of jumping on and off rocks to get the best views, and I highly encourage you all to NOT try this athome. 

We made it!

We made it!

Capturing the views. 

Capturing the views. 

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Taking it all in. 

Taking it all in. 

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We did it! 2 miles done! 

We did it! 2 miles done! 

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I didn't start getting vertigo until the end of our journey.  I probably should have been drinking more water and I know that I didn't eat enough, but we did it... so I took a selfie. ;-)

I didn't start getting vertigo until the end of our journey.  I probably should have been drinking more water and I know that I didn't eat enough, but we did it... so I took a selfie. ;-)

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As I mentioned before, I am so glad that we decided to take this trek to the Grand Canyon.  As much of a city / beach girl I am, I could still appreciate the quiet beauty of the desert and the canyons.  I felt like I was in a painted background and couldn't believe I was even able to capture this moment in the snow.  We were able to push through the slight altitude sickness and conquer the path.  

This was definitely a nontraditional Valentine's Day weekend but I am grateful for my Galentine for allowing me to spend her birthday with her.  I think that this is a tradition that I will keep as long as necessary.  Just because you are not in a relationship does not mean you don't deserve to celebrate the love of your friendships.  Make the most of February 14 and get your travel on, single or not!  How will you be spending today?  Let's chat about it in the comments. 

Happy Valentine's Day, travelers!

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