Scott Fairchild from La Jolla, United States provides insight into a Grand Canyon Trip. Scott shares perspective on the best Grand Canyon attractions and things to do in Grand Canyon. See some incredible photos of Grand Canyon South Rim and surrounding area too!
From Landscapes and wildlife to history and adventure, what’s the one thing about the Grand Canyon that has intrigued you?
What intrigues me most about the Grand Canyon is the manner in which it affects everyone. While truly breathtaking, the Grand Canyon goes well beyond that, capturing ones soul. You can’t help but get lost in your own thoughts when you stand on that rim over looking such a true masterpiece. You see it in people’s eyes; they just stand there in complete silence, lost in thoughts of wonderment and amazement. There just isn’t anything like it on the planet!
If this is your first visit to Grand Canyon, what motivated you to visit? If this is a revisit, what’s your reason for wanting to come back?
I’ve come to the Grand Canyon twice now. My first trip was in the summer heat of 2012. I wanted to experience it in a blanket of snow as well so I returned in January of this year. Both are incredible and offer varying contrasts of light and majestic views. And I can’t wait to get back again!
What are five things your Backpack to the Canyon must contain?
The five things I think should be in everyone’s backpack when visiting the Grand Canyon are:
1) water and lots of it,
2) snacks like bars, nuts or beef jerky work well,
3) a camera of course,
4) a jacket or sweater as with the sunset comes a serious drop in temperatures, and
5) a map if you’re hiking down into the canyon. And on a personal note, bring your phone for safety but turn it off; embrace where you are, enjoy the silence.
What is the best way to get to the Grand Canyon – By Air, By Road or By Rail? Why?
The best way to visit the Grand Canyon really depends on you, your time, your budget. If you have the money, taking a helicopter over the canyon is mindboggling impressive! However, even if you do that, I feel everyone should stand on that rim and just inhale the view, the air, the silence. Driving allows you to stop where you want for as long as you want. I haven’t done it by train, but I would assume that would be a wonderful way to just relax and experience the views.
What is travel to you in one word?
What are three tips for an awesome budget trip to the Grand Canyon? My three tips for an awesome budget trip to the Grand Canyon would be to drive there, pack your own food/drinks and to camp.
What type of camera did you bring? Any tips on shooting the Grand Canyon?
I have several cameras I use but my favorite is the Canon 5D Mark II Be sure to bring different lenses if you have them. As for tips, I highly recommend Sunrise and Sunset of course. The light reflects off the canyon walls and changes from minute to minute. It’s easy to get visually ‘lost’ in the canyon, so don’t forget to use trees, and the endless skies and ever changing clouds to frame your picture.
What surprised you about the Grand Canyon?
There are two things that surprised me most about the Grand Canyon. First was how truly massive it is! It’s so much larger, so much grander, than you’d ever expect. You almost can’t get your head around just how big it is. And secondly is how incredibly beautiful it is. I just didn’t expect it to be so breathtaking at every angle, every direction. As a travel destination, how would you rank the Grand Canyon from 1 to 10?
Did you visit the National Geographic Visitor Center?
Yes. I thought it was a great! They park rangers were highly knowledgeable about willing to help however they could. It was a wealth of information.
Tell us a little about yourself!
My name is Scott Fairchild and I’m a sports agent from San Diego, CA. Though I secretly wish I was a photographer for National Geographic. With my job, I’m blessed to attend events all around the world and am often on every continent each year. Photography has become my passion to accompany my global travels. The Grand Canyon had been on my bucket-list for sometime but knowing what I know now, I’d have come long ago and can’t wait to come back again!
La Jolla CA,
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