Thursday, July 25, 2013

Cedar Ridge Academy Students Visit the Grand Canyon

Recently, Rob Nielsen took some of the girls on a karate camp in Arizona. On our last day in Arizona the six of us decided we would take a detour through the Grand Canyon before heading back to Cedar Ridge Academy. High up in the mountains, the scenery was very different from the barren desert we students were all used to. Green fields and monstrous evergreens surrounded the road, as we entered the park. It was beautiful!

Grand Canyon July 2013
Not long after we arrived, we began to hear the roar of thunder and see flashes of lightning off in the distance. And then the rain started pouring. We parked and attempted to get out to actually see the canyon, but it was hazy and dangerous with the lightning so close. Disappointed yet hopeful, we got back into the car to wait out the rain. Ten, twenty, thirty minutes went by before the storm finally let up.  We turned off Rob's Ipad, which we had all been playing on, and got out of the car.

Student visits Grand Canyon on karate trip.

If you didn't believe that everything happens for a reason you would after the breathtaking sight that was waiting for us outside. A magnificent double rainbow stretched above the Grand Canyon. As we stood on the ledge overlooking the canyon we were amazed by the absolute brightness and vividness of the rainbow. It appeared to be so close to us, inches away, as if we could reach out and touch it. That combined with the actual Grand Canyon itself made the moment perfect. Words cannot express the Grand Canyon. It is massive, extraordinary, and beautiful.

After spending time and taking pictures at this view point, we all went for a hike. The trail was narrow and looked over the canyon. There were ledges on both sides of us that steeply dropped off to the unforgiving canyon. As we were walking, the sun set and the brilliant colors were reflected all around us, off the wet, shiny ground. Everything was so shiny and vibrant. Off to the left we could still see that rainbow. It was as if we stepped into another world! Everything was so surreal and dreamlike, our wonderland.

Another view of the rainbow.
That evening, we left the Grand Canyon still in awe of what we had just seen. I know that the six of us will always remember this adventure as practically life changing. Everyone should experience the Grand Canyon. It is purely unique, it is unlike anything else in the world.

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