Looking back at getting lost near Grand Canyon
Having recently published my big Californian vacation video to YouTube I think it’s time to reminisce a bit about my adventures.
As you already know from seeing the video and by photos in my photo album I went to Grand Canyon. Before traveling to the US, a colleague of mine mentioned the place where he visited Grand Canyon West and suggested I go there to.
I looked up the place on Google Maps, found the GPS coordinates and plotted those into my GPS to get driving directions.
My colleague warned me that the drive would seem a bit wrong because you would have to go onto some gravel roads, so when my GPS directed me onto a gravel road I didn’t think much of it.
I did get a bit more suspicious when the gravel road got more narrow and led into some mountains. My worry reached its peak when I suddenly got to a sign that said "Only 4WD vehicles beyond this point". My GPS advised me to continue, but the sign, and the fact that I didn’t have a 4WD car, advised me to turn around. What to do?!
Fortunately some locals came driving by on ATVs. They pulled up to me and asked me where I was going and I told them I was going to Grand Canyon West.
They looked at each other, then at me, and promptly said: "Man! You’re lost like fuck!"
Those words are certainly comforting. Especially when they looked in my car and followed up with: "What? No beer? No guns? Where’s the fun in that?!".
Fortunately, they were good guys, and even offered to give me a personalized tour of the mountains and the surroundings. Had I not been on a tight schedule I would’ve taken them up on the offer.
They then pointed out where I had gone wrong and told me where to go from there, so I turned off the GPS and followed their directions and eventually got to Grand Canyon West where I had a really great time.