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USA - The Grand Canyon, Arizona

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We drove out of Las Vegas and left the neon lights behind us. Altitude increased as we climbed onto the Colorado Plateau, a large area of land uplifted thousands of years ago which led us into the The Grand Canyon.

The Grand Canyon used to lie under the sea, and plate activity has gradually lifted it up 2,000-3,000 m above sea level. The Colorado river has then sliced it's way through the soft red rock, eventually creating the canyon. Walking up to the edge of the canyon is flat land, you wouldn't even know it existed until arriving at the edge, where the land just dropped away from our feet.

We learnt a lot from the super Park Ranger talks on offer, our favorite program was stargazing on the edge of the Grand Canyon at 10 pm. It was a beautiful sight to see so many stars in the dark sky, and a little scary to learn how much light pollution there is throughout the world.

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The Grand Canyon is a beautiful sight, so large it's difficult to comprehend. The red colour of the rocks came alive during the two sunsets we watched. We did some walks along the rim, which are easy to access and gave great views! A close call after getting charged at by an Elk made sure we stayed to the path and became very cautious!

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Posted by TheNomadWay.com 17:00 Archived in USA

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