Not for me, but for Mai. She had never seen this natural wonder so I was anxious to make it happen for her on our road trip last week. Already we had visited Garden of the Gods, Taos and Sedona. All were very quick visits because both of us had to be home by Sunday night. This was Saturday and by the time we left Sedona it was afternoon and we still were planning a stop at Slide Rock, which is another story for another time.
All I had planned on was getting to the Grand Canyon before sunset. Any earlier in the day and the light would be too harsh for great photographs. We had intermittent rain on the drive up through Flagstaff and the sky was dramatic. I think I watched the clouds more than I did the road.
Just as we pulled into the first lookout area at the Grand Canyon it began to rain again. Always planning my photos in my head beforehand, I mentioned to Mai that there might just be a rainbow by the time we made our way from the car to a spot where we could see the view. Wearing shorts & sandals didn’t matter. We dashed up the trail and along the pathway there was an opening where we caught our first glimpse of the Grand Canyon. There it was, bigger than life and dramatically breathtaking, this unbelievable scene complete with a rainbow! It was actually a double rainbow. Within five minutes the rain stopped for good, the rainbow disappeared and we spent the next hour or so just watching the light change throughout the canyon as the sun went down. Timing is everything, and in our case, luck & intention played a huge part.
Mai is pretty impressed with the Grand Canyon. She says it feels like Yosemite does to her with its’ abundance of natural beauty almost too unimaginable and definitely indescribable without photographs like this to show people.
If you’re a Pinterest fan I hope you’ll pin this on one of your boards. If you have an iPad, maybe this would look good as wallpaper. I did make HD iPad wallpaper for both versions of the iPad and both the HD files are available here.