We arrived fairly early in the morning and the park was not crowded. This did not last long. Within a couple of hours the path was inundated with visitors.
Most people stayed on the path. However, there were many areas not fenced off and a person could venture away from the crowds.
Seeing these individuals way off the well-traveled path made me wonder about the number of fatalities in the park each year. Surprisingly, only about a dozen individuals a year die in the park. After watching people for a couple of hours I would have guessed the number to be much higher.
Our visit to the Grand Canyon was very nice. It served as a reminder to appreciate the beauty of God's creation. It also reminded me of how fortunate I am to live in a country with such majestic beauty, and that I have the privilege to travel and enjoy it. The financial hardships that many families are experiencing due to unemployment or underemployment can certainly hinder the opportunity to take a vacation. I don't ever want to take for granted the blessings in my life. This trip reminded me of just how truly blessed I am. I hope you are able to have a similar experience this summer.
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