A Bus Tour… Run Forrest Run!

Nancy & Shawn Power at the Grand Canyon

There we are enjoying our 1st views of the Grand Canyon in Arizona

Typically when we hear the words “Bus tour” on vacation we usually run the opposite direction.  They are usually painstakingly boring, slow and corny… but this time while visiting Sedona, Arizona… we didn’t run!

Let us explain.

We were hemming and hawing over how we would check out the Grand Canyon… take a bus tour or drive on our own.

On one hand we wanted to drive because we like having control of where we stop, how long we want to stop for, etc., etc. On big buses you have to wait for about 30-50 people to get off and get back on to go to the next lookout or scenic point. It’s not all that fun!

On the other hand, we had just drove 5 hours from Las Vegas to Sedona a few days earlier, so we were not in the mood to do a big drive again. Especially with the Grand Canyon, it’s a full day excursion no matter what.

But, through a little research, we found out that this particular Grand Canyon Sunset Tour was hosted using a small bus that held only 14 people, it stopped at the best viewing spots and they also took us for dinner in the park after watching the sunset. Perfect!

We opted for the bus tour and we were SO happy we did

From the moment our guide, Dave, picked us up he had us all laughing at his jokes and dry intentional humor. We had a feeling we were in for a good trip and we were right – the day just kept getting better with little unexpected surprises.

On the drive to the entrance of the Canyon for instance, in between sharing and answering all of our questions, Dave had, without our knowing, selected catchy tunes to play at the perfect moments along the tour. For example, the song “Wild Horses” by The Sundays (an original Rolling Stones song) played as we drove through a scenic area where wild horses were grazing in the field… the hair on our arms stood up and the 13 smiling faces were a dead giveaway of the appreciation we all felt in the moment.

At the first major stop to see the Grand Canyon, Dave made us all look to the right, pointing to shrubs and bushes distracting us from looking left into the canyon (we had to promise we wouldn’t) till we reached the perfect viewing point and he said go! When we reached the platform and heard, “Ok, you can look now” we all looked at the same time oohing and awwing in perfect unison…

…awestruck by the sheer beauty of the Grand Canyon. We were like kids in a candy shop, excited to finally see it! 🙂

…how fitting to be named one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World and a UNESCO Site. To think that these rocks, that tower and stretch as far as the eye can see, are millions of years old. You can’t help but wonder how much history and change it has been through and how many more generations will get to see this magnificent monument.

Even if you’re not the religious type, you can’t help but feel a spiritual connection with the land and realize the power of mother nature.

The pictures you see of us here on the blog are Dave’s doing. Always there to snap a picture, happy to help us create memories.

View of the Colorado River flowing through the Grand Canyon

There’s a peek at the Colorado River flowing through the Grand Canyon

 

Nancy & Shawn Power at the Grand Canyon

What do u think? Are we looking pretty happy to now be able to scratch the Grand Canyon off of our “Bucket List”? 🙂

 

Nancy & Shawn Power at the Grand Canyon

Ok, it was a little scary setting up for this pic but well worth it as you have to admit, it’s a pretty cool shot!! Thanks Dave (our guide) for the great picture! 🙂

 

A look at the Grand Canyon during sunset

As mentioned in our post, we visited the Canyon just before and during sunset… and as you can imagine from this pic, seeing the changing colors on the Canyon walls as the sun went down was pretty awesome!

 

An Elk in Grand Canyon National Park

As we entered the restaurant for an amazing dinner, this huge guy was greeting us with his mega-big antlers… we saw lots of cool wildlife at the park so that was a nice treat!

 

Speaking of memories, the dinner at The Arizona Room included in our tour “exceeded” our expectations! Many included meals on tours are “boxed” ones or if sit-down you can have the chicken, beef or fish.  Not so here… we ordered straight off the menu.

We usually pass on the bread at restaurants, (ok, sometimes :-)) but the warm sweet corn bread and fresh out of the oven dinner rolls were to die for! Seriously… and that was just the start of it. The soups and the main courses (Shawn had a full rack of ribs and Nancy a Filet Mignon) were delicious and the Chocolate lava cake desert with ice cream was decadent.

Our tummies were happy as we rode home, the stars were clear and bright. A few minutes from our condo a carefully selected “Time to say goodbye” by Sarah Brightman played in the background as we hopped off the bus for the very last time, saying goodnight to the new friends we made.

Overall, it was a wonderful experience for our first visit to the Grand Canyon and one we’d highly recommend!!

Do you have a tour memory like this to share? If so, let us know about it below… we’d love to hear it! 🙂

Alright, we’re off to Phoenix later today (and loving that it’s only a 2 hour drive from here) so we’ll talk to you from there soon.

We Appreciate You,

Nancy & Shawn

P.S. Don’t forget to check out our pictures of our time in Sedona.

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