We arrived at the Grand Canyon around 1pm in the afternoon and our first step was to get our tent set up. Our camping amateurism was evident in that it took us about 45 minutes to set our tent up while the couple in the area next to us had theirs up in less than 20 minutes.
Millions of years ago, vast seas covered this area and it is believed that it has taken the Colorado River 17 million years to carve its way through the layers of limestone, sandstone and shale. Despite seeing many photos of the Grand Canyon, the first glimpse that you make of it is awe inspiring. Photos and film don't really seem to do it justice. A mile deep, 277 miles long and up to 18 miles wide (1.6km deep, 446km long and up to 29 miles wide), it is so large that it is amazing to just look at, and it is one of the Great Natural Wonders of the World. Nothing in the drive towards the canyon gives you an idea of what it looks like, our camping area was surrounded by trees and the walks to the edge are just a slight incline of shrubs, no warnings or ideas of what to expect and then suddenly you are looking out over the edge, down and as far as your eye can see are various mountains, cliffs and formations of rock with light hitting them from various angles that vast shadows are created across the landscape.
For our first afternoon it's hard not to get sidetracked and just go off wandering. We went for a small hike down the Bright Angel Trail, before heading back up and to a convenience store to grab some small supplies for our campfire and bbq.