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Well, we've been to the Grand Canyon now. We got into the park entrance and drove a really long way afterwards, about 25 miles, before we got to a parking lot. We'd been seeing little glimpses of canyon-ey things through trees to our left for a while, so as soon as we got out of the car we headed to the treeline and saw it: an incredible red gash in the ground that was so far across you couldn't really make out the details of the other side, and so deep you couldn't see the bottom. We stood there, mouths open, for about five or six minutes before I noticed a sign that said "Roaring Springs Canyon. Grand Canyon 100 yards to the right." It turns out we'd been looking at a little finger off of the Grand Canyon. The Grand Canyon itself was about ten times larger; I don't think I could even see all the way across at the farthest dimensions. I don't think anything I say can do it justice. Honestly I don't think the pictures we took will do it justice either, but we might as well post them anyway to give you an idea of what we looked at.
We went around as much as we could, though we had to budget our time pretty carefully. Part of this was because we want to get to Las Vegas tonight, and part was because we decided at the spur of the moment to take a detour through Zion National Park, which is close enough to the route we'd have taken to Las Vegas anyway that it doesn't add significantly to our travel time. We've had three people independently recommend Zion to us: my friend Adam before we left, a guy at Arches as we were climbing to Delicate Arch, and the receptionist at the Super 8 last night. Actually, if I'm remembering correctly all three of them told us that Zion was more impressive than the Grand Canyon. I guess we're about to find out.
This blog is an account of Jacob and Mike's (Skippy) cross-country trip to move Jacob from Chicago, IL to Irvine, CA. We decided we'd document the trip by making a blog post for every hundred miles we drove, in addition to anything else of interest. There is a map that I made with a thumb tack in each place where we wrote a blog post.