Monument Valley, UT - Grand Canyon national park, AZ. 300mi, 580km.
Our tour guide John woke us up at seven am. Surprisingly, although I woke up a few times throughout the night I slept good, it was the warmest night I think we had thanks to the stove! It was mad rush packing our sleeping bags etc. away. We jumped back into the jeep this time to be taken to a new location to watch the sun rise. Unfortunately for us the weather wasn't on our side and it was too cloudy to see the sun come up, however it was still nice and a great start to the day. We then had breakfast of fruit, biscuits and the most amazing loaf bread washed down with a hot cup of tea. We we dropped of at the visitor centre for a quick half hour of getting ready and refreshing ourselves. I stayed in the same clothes, as did everyone else but some how managed to brush my teeth, take my make up off, wash my face and redo my make up.
Being a fan of Forrest Gump and reading about the trip previously I knew what was about to happen, although it was a surprise for a few people on the trek. As we drove away from Monument Valley we pulled over. This was the spot where Forrest Gump stopped running, it was marked with a sign post and we all individually did the run before we did a group run, it was fun and a great way to really wake yourself up and say goodbye to Monument Valley.
Today we headed to Grand Canyon, here me and a few others were meant to be doing a helicopter ride and a group reveal of the Grand Canyon. The weather however had other ideas, it was cloudy. We parked up and our tour guide got out to go see if he could see the Grand Canyon and he couldn't, he also stated he had never seen the Grand Canyon like this before, so for him it was exciting. It also meant we couldn't do the flight due to low visibility so it we rescheduled for the next day.
Next we drove to the visitor centre, again our guide went to check the Canyon to see if we would be able to see it, he can back with a huge smile on his face, it was clear. He handed us all a paper bag and we drove faces onto them, placed them over our head and formed a human chain guided my Phil and a girl who had seen the Canyon before. Apparently a lot of people was amused by this and stopped to take photos, whereas I was more worried about falling down the many steps we went down. Once we reached the railing we all lined up and on three we lifted the bags off our heads and WOW. I was blown away, I've seen pictures before but it just wasn't what I was expecting, words can't express how large and deep it is but for me I was shocked by how green it was, I was expecting dry, hard and red rock everywhere, no green at all. It really isn't something you can put into words and I can't say the photos do it justice!
After setting up camp we headed back to the Canyon to have dinner and watch the sunset. Phil had prepared wraps with fresh salad, and even bought some vegetarian 'meat' which I actually enjoyed. I have to point out it was freezing at this point, here's me thinking the Grand Canyon would be slightly warmer at night, but in the dessert it gets cold, really quick! As we drove back to camp, another trek group had set up their camp, we did try and socialise with them but they all seems a little bit sleepy and disinterested, our group huddled under the canopy, as rain began to fell and had a game of 'have you ever' and took solace in how well I group gone on together, for me this was something I was worried about having read about people not getting along on other tours, I was just so thankful to have an amazing bunch of people to travel around with.