Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon unlike a mountain range or other large geological feature can’t be seen from a distance. As you drive up to the Grand Canyon there is nothing to alert you to the size and immensity of what you are about to see. According to the US National Park Service the canyon is up to 29 km (18 miles) wide and up 1.6 km (1 mile) deep. You can walk right up to edge and look down to see what seems to be a tiny stream, which is actually the mighty Colorado River. The view, the colours and size is simply breathtaking.

Taliesin West

After we spent a relaxing day exploring Phoenix, we booked a tour of Taliesin West. This was where Frank Lloyd Wright spent the winter and was also the school for the architectural students he was training. Originally built as a camp with semi permanent structures it later became a winter residence for him, his wife and 35 students. Built in the 1930s and still in use today the site is a mandatory visit for architecture buffs and fans of Frank Lloyd Wright and his work.

Desert Botanical Gardens

We’re back in Phoenix. It was  a long drive back to Arizona but we were not as tired this time. Probably because we were not just on an airplane for 5 hours. Tonight we went to the Desert Botanical Gardens. The DBG was amazing. There were desert cottontail rabbits, road runners, Gambles quail, cactus wrens and spiny lizards in abundance. The varieties of cactus and desert plants were surprising, because you think that there isn’t that much variety in the desert. The other thing of note was the noise, an almost constant cacophony of twitters, clicks and chirps can be heard throughout the gardens. We stayed until it was nearly dark and were treated to an amazing sunset and the opportunity to get some iconic desert photos of saguaro cactuses silhouetted against a red desert sunset. I wish we could go back and take pictures for another couple of days.