Day 10 – Grand Canyon

The journey to Grand Canyon is about 5 hours from Las Vegas using the same Freeway again passing thru Hoover Dam. Once again, we are surrounded by dessert. We passed thru a very small town. It’s so small you can count the numbers of shops and houses they have. They look very familiar like the scene from Cars. All this while, I’m crazy head-over-heels on Route 66. I’ve got my Sony T-10 on standby. Finally, not only one but two! I’ve got the Route 66 sign captured!

I know there’s nothing great about the sign. It’s just a sign. But mind you, it’s not an ordinary sign. We are talking about the history of Route 66! And you think it’s easy to capture the sign on camera? Why don’t you try them. Imagine you are in a moving vehicle, say 110km/h and was seated wayyyyyyyy back in a 7 seater vehicle constantly looking out from the window with your head position at 75degree and your neck stretched so long it’s going to put you in the Guinness World of Record for having a neck as long as a giraffe, nose sandwiched on the window and eyes focus far. And when you spoted some sign, you position your camera at the window pane, hold your breath, eyes open up wide, finger on the shutter button and *CLICK*. It’s all over then. The sign now is behind you. If the picture doesn’t turn out right, continue looking out from the window with your head position at 75degree and your neck stretched so long and eyes focus far. And when you spoted some sign, you position your camera at the window pane, hold your breath, eyes open up wide, finger on the shutter button and *CLICK*. The sign now is behind you again. Let’s just continue your sleeping. It’s a long way out there. So now you know la. I was darn happy to snap that 2 pictures!

We stopped at no where at some petrol kiosk for gas and snacks. This is the way leading to the washroom.

So dem chun can die lidat. Washroom is on your left and on the right…..

Icy topped mountain landscape. Fuhyoh, sibeh sui hor.

Each vehicle is charged US$25 for the entrance to Grand Canyon. It is still cheaper than buying a tour which might costs you around US$230. I’ll tell you why later. Pun intended.

The first view that greeted us in Grand Canyon.

We drove to the next observation centre…

Fyi, don’t go during winter as the Canyon will be covered with snows. You see nothing but snow. But I’m sure it has the winter beauty too.

They all looks the same -_- . Lots of walking from one rim to another.

By the time you downloaded your pictures to view on a pc, you will find that the backdrop is almost the same.

Heck! Aunty also have the same pose. So boring! (psst… Aunty’s Guess shirt is only US$10)

It’s so boring can die lidat!

We can’t find the Red Indian settlement 🙁 and by the time we reached the Red Indian museum, they are closed. I feel like crying then.

Bear in mind that Arizona is 1 hour ahead of Nevada. Three hours in Grand Canyon and we see the same shit thing.

There’s nothing more to do or see. Or maybe we don’t know what else to do there. I don’t know. A very little entertainment we got there could be watching cowboy leading a harras of horses back to it’s barn.

The sun set around 5pm. Therefore, the Canyon looks very shadowy. Not pleasant for photography.

We left after that. So, it’s like another 5 hours back to Las Vegas. Gosh, we don’t even have proper breakfast and lunch. All we ate is Krispy Kreme donuts and bread.

If I have the opportunity, I may want to visit Grand Canyon again. This time, no more driving and watching Canyons from the observation centre. I’m going to take a helo and hoovers around the Canyon and cruise on the Colorado river. I want to have the feel of being IN the Canyon and not ABOVE the Canyon no matter how much it will cost me.

If you have been to Grand Canyon, mind telling me your experience?

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  1. LB said,

    April 18, 2007 @ 2:32 pm

    Missed out on the Grand Canyon experience. I am sure it must have been terrific, but I was too distracted by Las Vegas and all thos glittering lights for way too long!! Yeah, I would have taken the helicopter tour too… almost.. But my Lucky Number didnt come up at the crap table!

  2. San said,

    April 18, 2007 @ 2:39 pm

    Oh, it’s a pity you didn’t stay back for the sunset. I heard it changes the whole feel/mood of the Canyon.

    Another good way to be IN the canyon is taking a donkey ride down to the Valley. But quite pricey 🙁

  3. sasha said,

    April 18, 2007 @ 4:26 pm

    eh nice view…but shud have gone for the rides eh? I guess its more thrilling than walk , snap pic…walk snap pic….

  4. Lil said,

    April 18, 2007 @ 5:14 pm

    well, i did both… i got lucky i guess, as the sunset pics while at the observatories turned out quite well… i was only kicking myself for not having spare batteries and got to reserve the whatever little battery live there was in my camera and took only a few specific shots… sunrise was very cold and a bit disappointing since there was a massive cloud over… but a walk around later along the observation route was brilliant all the same… (for the curious)

    the heli trip was definitely worth every cent i paid, even though it was stretching my budget enormously! taking the heli all the way from vegas to grand canyon means we were only at the west rim, but we did land in the canyon for a bit and all, so that was pretty cool… a cheaper option actually would be to take the heli ride from just outside of grand canyon village when you’re already there (about $100 i think, instead of the $400 LV-GC-LV trip) but of course it’s a shorter trip… (still curious?)

    didn’t have time for the mule ride down the canyon so i’m reserving that for a future trip… 🙂

  5. Jo said,

    April 18, 2007 @ 5:27 pm

    i’ve been to Grand Canyon 7 yrs ago for sunrise trip. It’s very nice. If have chance, i would like to re-visit the place and try the Grand Canyon skywalk ^_^

  6. huisia said,

    April 18, 2007 @ 5:47 pm

    the canyon so nice la..always hear this place but don’t know what until now..great, if i have chance, i wanna go there..

  7. may said,

    April 18, 2007 @ 5:58 pm

    I’ve always wanted to go to the Grand Canyon ever since David Copperfield flew over it in one of his shows… waaaaaa!! lucky you! maybe I’ll save up and go in 5 years… or 10…

  8. duckie said,

    April 18, 2007 @ 7:47 pm

    seems like you just visited the GC village. Did you drive to the eastern rim and check out the sights there. Agree with San, u should’ve stayed for the sunset, but then again that will mean driving back in the dark.

  9. Simple American said,

    April 19, 2007 @ 6:27 am

    Darn. You missed a lot of other stuff that is close. Spend the night in Flagstaff and the next day you can visit Sunset crater and also the Pueblo Indian dwellings.

    You’re right about winter being bad. I went there and the fog was so bad we stand on the sidewalk and cannot see the edge of the canyon.

    Those donkeys by the way. And you can ride on them to the bottom of the canyon. Admit I have not rode them. My mom convinced me that I would go over the edge if I rode one. haha

  10. the Razzler said,

    April 19, 2007 @ 9:44 am

    Wow! Queen … very beautiful lehhhh!! Both the canyon & also the auntie .. hehe 🙂 🙂

    Great pics!! Fav is the Route 66 one .. hehe 🙂 🙂

  11. Bernard said,

    April 19, 2007 @ 12:16 pm

    Looks great la, Jessie.

    But the Queen has got a minimum camwhoring standard to adhere to la… hehe.

  12. athena said,

    April 19, 2007 @ 2:02 pm

    so nice le……i also wanna save money!!!!!! 🙁

  13. Lian said,

    April 19, 2007 @ 5:32 pm

    Hiya, if I had known you were going to the Grand Canyon, I would have given you the number for a guide who is Red Indian. He is my friend’s friend and she visited the place in December 06. Lovely pix.

  14. Ilse said,

    April 21, 2007 @ 3:10 am


    You’ve made lovely pictures! What a wonderful trip you must have! Have Fun.


  15. zara's mama said,

    April 30, 2007 @ 10:32 am

    Oh my oh my.. I so want to go Grand Canyon!

  16. Angeleyes said,

    May 1, 2007 @ 11:03 pm

    Hey! Now they have this viewing tower that is made of glass so you are like floating on air wor! Too bad it was not ready when I was there last Nov…
    I would have love to get on the heli ride too if I’m using my own $$$ heheh but since my hubby paid for the whole trip I can’t be making noises rite? 😆

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    May 15, 2007 @ 3:21 pm

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