Best Travel Experiences: The Grand Canyon
The Grand Canyon is one of the seven wonders of the world. When you first see it, you feel completely blown away at just the sheer expanse of it. And the more you see of it, from the inside, by going down one of the trails, the more you appreciate its beauty from various angles. So it becomes one of your best travel experiences.
I first traveled to the Grand Canyon with my sister. I had never been a sporty person throughout my life but, having just gotten into shape, I wanted to prove to myself and the world that I could hike down the Grand Canyon and back up.
The heat was blistering and, for the first time in my life, I found myself getting sunburned. Plus, the trek was quite grueling in and of itself, being 7-8 miles on the way down and another 13 on the way up.
Although I was in shape, my sister wasn’t, and required frequent breaks. Sometimes, I would keep walking down a little longer and then wait for her to catch up. I often stopped, just to look around and take in the rock formations and the rich earthy colors of the landscape.
We took a long time to get all the way down but we finally made it. The journey back to the top the next day was even more grueling, since we would now be climbing. Fortunately, people on the trail were friendly and helpful. They kept our spirits up when they started to flag.
And by undertaking this great trek side by side, my sister and I saw a different side to each other which we hadn’t previously noticed. My sister found that I was good at prodding her and encouraging her to keep going. I noticed that my sister could be quite calm and rational, not the firecracker she always is.
Family vacations always reveal different sides of people. You get used to interacting with each other in a certain way at home but when you go somewhere new, you’re forced to adapt to the climate, the culture or just the difference between the place you’re visiting and the place you’re from. And this process of adaptation can bring out the best in people, forcing them to use talents that were otherwise dormant within them.
Now that we’re back home, my sister and I may have gone back to being the people we always are. But we’ll always have the memory of the Grand Canyon. My sister will always know that I can be supportive and I will always remember the calm and sensible side of her.
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