Photo Puts the “Grand” in Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon has a way of making one feel small. Having put off this trip for so long, members Brett and Heather S. finally found what made the Grand Canyon so grand and had some amazing photos to remember the trip. One such photo was good enough to place third in our Shoot for the Stars Landscape category! Heather tells us how the photo came to be.

Was this your first trip to the Grand Canyon?

It was definitely on our bucket list. I had never been there and my husband had only been when he was a small child, so he didn’t really remember it. We used our Vacation Week in January and took my parents to Sedona for their 50th anniversary. We did a day trip to the Grand Canyon and spent a whole day up there. We pretty much did the entire South Rim. It was quite an epic experience for all of us.

“Sunset in Sedona.” – Member Heather S.

My husband says the resort (Villas of Sedona) was great. We were right in the middle of Sedona.

What was the best part about the experience?

You hear that the canyon is “grand,” but until you’re standing there, you can’t even fathom how huge it really is. It was almost an emotional experience for us. My husband teared up. You think of little things your whole life such as, “One day I’m going to see the Grand Canyon.” I don’t know why it was emotional but it was.

I remember around 10 years ago while staying at a bed and breakfast with my daughter in Maine we met couple from England. Somehow the Grand Canyon came up and we told them we hadn’t been there yet. The woman looked at me in disbelief and said, “You haven’t been there? We’ve been there twice!”

Where did you take the photo?

When you go to the park, this was one of the first stops – just an overlook on the side of the road. When standing there, we saw people over on that ledge. Perception can be deceiving – we didn’t know if the ledge was skinny or wide but my husband went to check it out. He said his knees were wobbling and it was straight rock all the way down. He looked up and waved, so I took the photo.

I think the photo helps people see how grand the canyon is by having a person standing there. He looks like absolutely nothing. It really shows how small man really is in the bigger scheme of things.

Do you travel much?

“The beautiful red rocks of Sedona.” – Member Heather S.

We’re working on that. We’ve gone overseas a few times. My husband has one more year of work and we’re hoping to travel more after that. Traveling in the United States is great but we love experiencing other cultures, too.

What is your favorite travel spot?

I am a Walt Disney fan, but besides that, I’ve most been impressed with Austria. That blew me away. We did a three-week trip in 2014 where we went through Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Italy. The whole trip was amazing, but I would live in Austria in a heartbeat. I always saw myself as an ocean person, but the mountains have gorgeous crystal blue lakes all around. The people there were very outdoorsy – hiking, biking – lots of activities.

Why did you get the membership?

We went to a trip to Scotland and England, then we happened to work out a trip to Paris, France. Right after we came back, we were contacted by Global for a presentation. We were high on what we experienced going abroad. We signed up, but we didn’t use until this year.

And we’re glad they did! We hope this was just the start of many more Global Discovery Vacations to come for Brett and Heather – we just wonder where they will.

Corey is a writer from Overland Park, KS, and has been with Global Discovery Vacations since September 2013. Once a sportswriter, he traveled the country and became proficient in airport security line etiquette and leaving items in hotel rooms.