Grand Canyon Inspiration

I’m often asked whether my posts are fact or fiction. All true. The goal of my blog is to highlight meaningful or humorous stories behind everyday scenarios. I don’t always aim for the obvious but I do try to hit on themes we all relate to in some way. Sometimes I’m asked for photos to go along with my posts. Since I often find “inspiration” in little more than an overheard conversation during my work commute, I don’t always have a photo to go along with what I write. But sometimes I do!

My post “Cheesy Sunset” came after a visit to the Grand Canyon.

We stayed at El Tovar, a hotel literally perched on the south rim of the Grand Canyon. It opened in 1905, is on the National Register of Historic Places, has been declared a National Historic Landmark, and served as a perfect spot from which to explore the area.


Here are a few photos taken during the actual cheesy sunset, along with the ravens that “rode the winds”…GCsunset1




And I have to include a few of the helicopter ride over the Grand Canyon. The most exciting, exhilarating, and terrifying thirty minutes of my life. I loved it. I will never do it again…





You don’t have to see it from the air to be thrilled. Everyday hikes in the Grand Canyon are beyond beautiful.





I have so many photos from that trip, all of them spectacular in my opinion. How could they not be? You can’t take a bad photograph there.

If you haven’t been to the Grand Canyon, you should go when you can. If you’ve already been, go again and take some cheese puffs.

Stuart M. Perkins




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99 responses to “Grand Canyon Inspiration

  1. Beautiful photos. I haven’t been there, but will, definitely, and soon-ish. What an amazing place. 🙂

  2. Remembering back to our visit there as we awaited the coming of the grand Condor, one never showed. That was our only disappointment other than our van loosing AC on the trip back to Flagstaff with the mercury hitting 103. You captured it well, thanks again.

  3. These photos are amazing. It’s on my bucket list to hike the Grand Canyon end to end. Awesome post!

  4. Wow. Looks wonderful… I wish I can visit the place too, one day. 🙂

  5. Wonderful pictures.
    Thank you for stopping by at my little cormer.

  6. Wow, gorgeous pics! 🙂

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  7. It is certainly true that the grand canyon is one of the most difficult places to take bad photographs 🙂

  8. I was able to spend time there back in the early 1990’s with my family. We started out in Williams, AZ it was 74 deg. in the morning and snowed in the canyon that afternoon in July. Wish I had the old VRC tape we recorded.

  9. Wonderful photos, what a fanastic vista that you’ve captured so well. Congratulations on your courage in taking the chopper flight!

  10. Stuart, I love the photos! My husband and I are going to the GC hiking and rafting in the spring. We have to helicopter out at the end. I’m already nervous; am taking a plastic bag to puke in. Thanks for sharing and a big thanks for visiting. Peace.

  11. Wow! gorgeous photos…and brave trip in the sky 🙂

  12. I liked the Grand Canyon. And pictures never does it justice

  13. A terrific destination impossible not to take loads of photos!

  14. Amazing place! I white-water rafted down it a couple of years ago. It was truly magical.

  15. Beautiful photos! That helicopter ride looks amazing!

  16. My husband and I went years ago for our 10th anniversary. It was so stunning and beautiful! Enjoyed your pictures as it took me back in time! We want to take our kids there soon.
    We had thought of taking the helicopter ride but I was like no way on second thought. I tried to get my hubby to go down the canyon on a donkey. I told him that they said they never lost a donkey. He said, “yeah, what about the rider!”

  17. Wow these photos are beautiful! I’ve never been to the Grand Canyon before, but it sure is on my bucket list!

  18. Stuart, I love your Grand Canyon pictures. I have fond memories of visiting the Grand Canyon, and was always amazed at it’s vastness, light and color. Good job in capturing the essence of the Canyon!

  19. Very good info. Lucky me I came across your blog by accident (stumbleupon).
    I’ve saved as a favorite for later!

  20. A big place, and the ravens own it, really. I went with my daughter on tour a long time ago and wrote Beauty Way about them and me. if you’re interested. I stay away from edges mostly in real life, and enjoyed your photos.

  21. globetrottingpotato

    i like your writing! it’s funny and genuine, which i appreciate. the pictures aren’t so bad either. thanks for the follow! (:

  22. agirlwhowrites

    I always wanted to go on a helicopter! Really good pictures, btw. 🙂

  23. Truly breathtaking! Next time just pack me in the suitcase! I promise I wont be a bother! 🙂

  24. Beautiful Pictures of the Grand Canyon Above!! Our ONE TRUE GOD the FATHER Created them!

    May our ONE TRUE GOD THE FATHER who art in Heaven Above Bless all my Sisters and Brothers in Christ Jesus-Yeshua and my Messianic Jewish Sisters and Brothers in Christ Jesus-Yeshua and Your Families and Friends who STAND with the Holy Land of Israel-Yisrael and our Judeo-Christian Nation United States of America and our Christian Earth!!

    Praise Jesus-Yeshua Christ for Today and Everyday, HE is KING of kings and LORD ( ADONAI ) of lords, HE is the ALPHA and OMEGA, HE is the BEGINNING and the END!! Sing Glory Glory Hallelujah and Maranatha EVERYONE!!

    Our ONE True GOD’S LOVE 💜💕 is ETERNAL THROUGH HIS SON Jesus-Yeshua Christ for Today and Everyday Forevermore Everyone!!

    I Love 💕💜 you all Everyone through Jesus-Yeshua Christ, because HE LOVED 💜💕 EVERYONE FIRST Forevermore!!

    Love 💕 Always and Shalom ( Peace ) Everyone, YSIC \o/

    Kristi Ann

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