The Grand Canyon, Arizona

America


At 277 miles long, 18 miles wide and a backdrop to one of the world most spectacular sunsets, it was easy to see why the Grand Canyon is known as one of the world’s greatest treasures. 

Our group was blindfolded as we walked to the edge of the canyon’s southern rim, and we all took them off tougher so we could take it in at the same time. This is what we all saw in a shared moment of breathlessness:


I was still feeling absolutely awful but in a place like this there is no time for that. I couldn’t not be in awe or be enjoying myself here. It was just so beautiful. 

I decided to fork out for the helicopter flight to get a better perspective on the scope of the canyon. 

If you ever visit the canyon I couldn’t recommend flying over it highly enough. Yes it’s expensive, but yes it’s worth every minute. Pictures do not do it justice but coming over the edge of the trees and into the Grand Canyon was a next level experience. 


Later, safely back on the ground, I ate pizza ( my first meal in two days) and watched the sunset with Kristy and my newfound friends. 


My one disappointment is that I was not up to a hike on our second day at the Canyon. As much as I wanted to push through, there were many scary signs about how going down into the canyon was optional but coming back up wasn’t, complete with pictures of vomiting children. There were also a few missing person signs so in the end, I decided to hike the rim instead which gave me the option of bailing at any stage if I started feeling sick again. 

As it turned out, despite a little breathlessness from the altitude, I was feeling good and made it from rim to rim easily, and managed to fit in a fossil walk and a talk about condors too. I don’t think anyone should miss out on a visit to the Grand Canyon if they are in the vicinity. 

It’s a bucket list tick that requires a little more exploration and adventure. I’m definitely coming back here one day soon.

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Spitzkoppe, Namibia

Africa, Uncategorized

Most spectacular place ever. I have legitimately developed a whole new appreciation for rocks. This place was just absolutely unbelievable. So beautiful, that in fact I didn’t even think about the drop toilets or lack of showers. So… Yep. That should put it in perspective for you. It is the sort of place that might get overlooked on a Namibian itinerary but honestly, this has been a highlight. Climbing to the top, and watching the sun set, felt like the most peaceful moment on the trip so far.

It was also Nicks (one of my friends on tour) 40th birthday so we sat around the campfire until well into the evening drinking cordial mixer punch and eating cheap birthday cake. It felt perfect and simple.

One of the things that I love about Africa and Spitzkoppe has opened my eyes to it, is that it really is a simple place for he most part. There isn’t so much hustle and bustle that modern life seems to generate in the west. The kind of hustle and bustle that puts people under enormous amounts of pressure in their life. They have different problems here, but it’s nice not having to think about things like whether your coffee is skim or not. It’s just milk in coffee. People get up and go to work, but when it gets hot, they just have a siesta, because it’s damn hot! And when people don’t have mobile phone reception, they just don’t go on Facebook or check their email. And that is just that. And the world keeps going.

So I just keeping putting my tent up, and putting it down, and seeing Southern Africa in between. And I really am starting to love that.

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