Readers are in agreement. The Grand Canyon is a national treasure that really needs to be explored, not just seem from the rim.
Here are few e-mails I received from others who took trips to the Grand Canyon but spent more than just a day there.
“Ed, my husband and I could not agree with you more about the Grand Canyon. But, If you only see it from the rim, you are missing out on the experience of a lifetime.
Chuck and I, senior citizens of 65 snd 64 years old, have hiked the canyon, four times in the last five years. I would encourage you and your family to consider doing this adventure. Is it easy? Hell no, but is it worth the pain and agony, oh, yes!!!!
“We hike in the South Kaibab Trail (about seven miles), spend the night at the Phantom Ranch, and hike out the Bright Angel Trail (about 10 miles).
“The first time we did this we were not prepared for the stenuousness of the hike, but the beauty of the canyon —well, needless to say, it gets in your blood. Even though, I say that we won’t do it again – the canyon keeps calling us back.
“There is just no other place on this earth that compares to it.
“We made our fourth hike last October, and I said that I would not do it again. But, I find myself thinking about it and wanting to go.
So if your family loves adventure, is willing to spend time hiking and preparing, do it. – Sue Hawkins
“I read your article in this morning’s paper and agree that you must go back and spend more time at the Grand Canyon. My husband and I spent three nights there in 2006. We had a room on the south rim.
“Each morning I would go out and watch the sun up and it was amazing. Also, the sunset was wonderful. I hope you can go back and spend a night to see the sunset and sunrise. It is something you cannot explain. – Barbara King, Norman
“Ed, if you want to see the Grand Canyon you need to see it from the back of a mule. You can’t believe the beauty that is down there.
“The mules are great, the overnight stay at Phantom Ranch is delightful. BEST TRIP EVER!!!!!!
“Hope you get to go again —– make it a point. – Alice Niemeyer