I was lucky enough to get a glimpse of the canyon from above at Desert View.

Grand Canyon, AZ

“The Grand Canyon,” proclaimed U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt in 1903, “fills me with awe. It is beyond comparison… the one great sight which every American should see.”

Well, it was not until now that I got to see the Grand Canyon. I only got a brief glimpse of it at Desert View Point on the South Rim this early April afternoon, but it was well worth it. Unfortunately, when I arrived at the South Rim, there was rain, freezing rain, hail, and snow, making viewing the canyon impossible. One day I will go back and try to hike the Grand Canyon rim-to-rim.

An American flag flies high above the canyon that Teddy Roosevelt felt every American must see before he dies.
An American flag flies high above the canyon that Teddy Roosevelt felt every American must see before he dies.
I was lucky enough to get a glimpse of the canyon from above at Desert View.
I was lucky enough to get a glimpse of the canyon from above at Desert View.
Bad weather was moving in quickly, though.  You can sort of see me here at the left.
Bad weather was moving in quickly, though. You can sort of see me here at the left.
Watch tower at Desert View.
Watch tower at Desert View.
It started snowing...
It started snowing...
And by the time I got to the South Rim it really started snowing, completely obscuring the view of the canyon!
And by the time I got to the South Rim it really started snowing, completely obscuring the view of the canyon!
Green 1993 Alfa Romeo Spider Veloce with a red Cannondale R500 road bicycle in front of a Grand Canyon National Park sign.
On the way to Ironman Arizona, I got to briefly stop by the Grand Canyon for the first time in my life.