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Grand Canyon West

“For your birthday,” I told Andrea, “I’m going to take you to Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon.”

It could be a little ambitious to visit both places in one day, but fortunately, there is a section of the Grand Canyon that is less than a two-and-a-half-hour drive away from the City of Lights. It’s Grand Canyon West, which is much closer than the north or south rims of the geographical wonder. It also happens to be open year-round, which cannot be said about the north rim which is closed during the wintertime due to snow.

Grand Canyon West is also distinct in that it is not part of Grand Canyon National Park. Instead, it is on the Hualapai Reservation. To see the canyon from there, you pay an entrance fee and then hop on a shuttle that takes you to potentially two viewing points: the Skywalk and Guano Point.

Many people who left reviews for Grand Canyon West on Google Maps recommended to skip the Skywalk and go directly to Guano Point. This is because:

  1. The line to get on the Skywalk is often an hour long.
  2. You are not allowed to take photos on the Skywalk. In fact, you are not allowed to take your phone, camera, or any miscellaneous object that could be dropped.
  3. The views are not as good as at Guano Point, where you can walk around a lot.
  4. The Skywalk, unlike Guano Point, was an additional charge that was not worth it due to 1-3.

It was just as well—we had limited time anyhow. So after getting on the shuttle, we got off at stop #2 (Guano Point). It was a beautiful place to hike, scramble up some boulders, and take about a hundred photos of the amazing canyon of which author Jeri Smith-Ready wrote,

“Beautiful doesn’t begin to describe it. A flower is beautiful. But this is beautiful the way that a person is beautiful- terrifying with its jagged edges, yet seductive with its crevices that hide so many secrets.”

-Jeri Smith-Ready

After the Grand Canyon, we returned to Las Vegas. But we stopped in the desert to take some photos of our very cool 5.7-liter HEMI V8-powered Dodge Challenger R/T rental car:

Andrea behind the open right door of a grey Dodge Challenger R/T in the Arizona desert.

and in Dolan Springs, Arizona, to find some food.

At first, we stopped at a store that had banners for jerky, because Andrea—who is from Spain—had never tried dehydrated, salted strips of meat before.

That store turned out to be closed, but next door was a place called Hot Diggity Dogs that had hot dogs—another American food that Andrea had never tried.

We went there, ordered a couple of tasty beef hot dogs, and ate them outside.

While this happened, a cow came over to visit. It seemed to want a piece of Andrea’s hot dog.

A cow sneaks up upon Andrea who is sitting down outside the Hot Diggity Dog restaurant in Dolan Springs, Arizona.
A cow scares Andrea while she is trying to eat an American hot dog for the first time in her life.

“That’s cannibalism,” I exclaimed. “A cow wanting to eat beef!”

Soon its friends came over too, including one named Big Texas that had big horns.

We escaped unscathed and then headed back into the Pacific Time Zone to the Vegas Strip.

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Felix behind the wheel of a Dodge Challenger R/T.
Photo: Andrea
There were many modern-day muscle cars in the parking log of Grand Canyon West, including several Mustang convertibles and our Dodge Challenger R/T.
Felix and Andrea at Guano Point at Grand Canyon West.
Felix and Andrea at Grand Canyon West.
Andrea at Grand Canyon West.
Felix with his left foot raised on a boulder at Grand Canyon West.
Andrea sitting on a rock at Grand Canyon West.
Felix at Grand Canyon West, with the Colorado River in the background.
Andrea and Felix at Grand Canyon West.
The Guano Point Café can be seen on the cliff on the left.
Andrea admiring the view of the Colorado River from Grand Canyon West.
Andrea at Guano Point, with the Colorado River in the background.
Felix Wong with a hand on a grey Dodge Challenger R/T in the Arizona desert.
Photo: Andrea
Right front three-quarter view of a dark grey Dodge Challenger R/T in the Arizona desert, with Andrea inside.
A brown cow and a black cow named Big Texas, with a grey Dodge Challenger R/T in the background in Dolan Springs, Arizona.
A dark grey 2021 Dodge Challenger R/T in Dolan Springs, Arizona.