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Grand Canyon North Rim Visitor LaRose Dean Shares Experience

From Landscapes and wildlife to history and adventure, what’s the one thing about the Grand Canyon that has intrigued you?

The incredible beauty of the canyon–from the colors, the formations, the plant life, and wild life–is almost overwhelming. The silence, the wind, the colors of the canyon and the sky at sunrise and sunset. Intriguing? Well, we saw a couple of the fascinating Kaibab Squirrels–we had never heard of them. They were so cute!

If this your first visit to the Canyon, what is motivating you to visit? If this a revisit, what’s your reason for wanting more?

I want to see all I didn’t have time to see before, and more time to just “lolly gag” and not be rushed.

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What are five things your Backpack to the Canyon must contain?

water, hat, sunblock, snacks, poncho

What according to you is the best way to get to the Grand Canyon – By Air, By Road or By Rail?

Well, from Nashville, we have to fly in somewhere near by–Vegas, Phoenix, or Albuquerque.

What is travel to you in one word?


What are three tips for an awesome budget trip to the Grand Canyon?

Plan far in advance to get good deals on lodging and transportation; cook and/or pack your own meals; research ahead of time for any free festivals/events taking place at or near the GC for the time you will be traveling.

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On your travels, what would you choose a book or a camera, and why?

Oh, mercy, a camera for sure! Love taking photos that I can use to re-live my adventure over and over.

What surprised you about the Grand Canyon?

Just how overwhelming the beauty is; photos just don’t it justice.

As a travel destination, how would you rank the Grand Canyon from 1 to 10?


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Did you visit the Visitor Center?  Did you see the IMAX movie, Grand Canyon: Rivers of Time?  What did you think?

No, I haven’t been there.

Tell us a little about yourself!  This will be included on the web site.  What brought you to Grand Canyon? Where are you from? What do you do? What are your influences?

I am LaRose Dean from Hermitage, TN near Nashville. A photo I saw online of the glass Skywalk over the Grand Canyon is what inspired me to make a trip out. A friend and I eventually decided to go to the North Rim instead, but we enjoyed a wonderful time exploring. I just wished that we had more time! I would love to go back some day and have plenty of time to just ramble in that entire area.

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