The Grand Canyon: One of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World

There are Seven Natural Wonders of the world:

I was lucky enough to visit one of them, the Grand Canyon.

There are very few pictures that can capture the grandioseness of this natural wonder for it is really breathtaking!

On Saturday, March 23, I visited the Grand Canyon with my Aunt Claudine, husband John and two kids Andrew and Gregory.

Here are some information about the Grand Canyon as retrieved from Wikipedia:

The Grand Canyon is a steep-sided canyon carved by the Colorado River in the United Statesin the state of Arizona. It is contained within and managed by Grand Canyon National Park, the Hualapai Tribal Nation, and theHavasupai Tribe. President Theodore Roosevelt was a major proponent of preservation of the Grand Canyon area, and visited it on numerous occasions to hunt and enjoy the scenery. It is considered one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.

The Grand Canyon is 277 miles (446 km) long, up to 18 miles (29 km) wide and attains a depth of over a mile (6,000 feet or 1,800 metros). Nearly two billion years of the Earth’s geological history has been exposed as the Colorado River and its tributaries cut their channels through layer after layer of rock while the Colorado Plateau was uplifted. While the specific geologic processes and timing that formed the Grand Canyon are the subject of debate by geologists, recent evidence suggests the Colorado River established its course through the canyon at least 17 million years ago. Since that time, the Colorado River continued to erode and form the canyon to its present-day configuration.

For thousands of years, the area has been continuously inhabited by Native Americans who built settlements within the canyon and its many caves. The Pueblo people considered the Grand Canyon (“Ongtupqa” in Hopi language) a holy site and made pilgrimages to it. The first European known to have viewed the Grand Canyon was García López de Cárdenas from Spain, who arrived in 1540.

After learning a bit about the Grand Canyon, check out our journey in pictures!

At Grand Canyon National Park entrance

At Grand Canyon National Park entrance with Gregory and Andrew

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Congratulations!

Congratulations! I have just walked a million years!

My aunt Claudine, my cousins Gregory and Adrew and me!

My aunt Claudine, my cousins Gregory and Adrew and me!

Even that we were visiting in March, for some reason during that particular weekend, it was freezing! So as my cousins say, it was “Freezing Neptunes!!!”

The light house

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After a long, and cold day, we returned to the Grand Hotel where we spent our night. The Hotel was nice, warm and very cozy .

The Grand Hotel

The Grand Hotel

We had a very delicious dinner at the Canyon Star.

The Grand Saloon

The Canyon Star

I love you bery much!

I love you bery much!

The next morning when we woke up to leave, we saw snow flakes on all the cars parked out side. It was even more freezing, then we warmed up with Egg McMuffins and Coffee from McDonald’s!

Snow Flakes

Snow Flakes

Yummy!

…then we headed to Sedona!

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