The Grand Canyon, at least to me, is just impossible to comprehend at first. It’s actually less impressive as you don’t understand what you’re seeing, because you have no frame of reference. Sure, it’s big, but your mind thinks okay, maybe a couple of miles across at most? No, it’s ten miles at the visitor center along from here. Ten miles! But I can see the other side, how can that be ten miles?
And so on (you may think it’s a long way down the road to the corner shop, but that’s peanuts… etc.)
We were very fortunate enough to be able to do a once in a lifetime thing and get a helicopter ride over the canyon. It’s only when I saw how long it takes you to traverse did the scale start to take hold in my mind.
This picture is another one where I battled with contrast due to the very bright midday sun. It doesn’t really get across the scale, but it’s not too bad, and this is the first view we saw of the canyon.