First Published: Sep.27.2018
Story by: Laleh Chini
We once had a family vacation to LA, Las Vegas, and the Grand Canyon.
We flew from Toronto to LA and rented a car for a family road trip to see as much as we can of these great places.
After a few days of being in LA, it was time to see the Grand Canyon. To see the Grand Canyon, we made sure to find a famous view, so we had to drive more than 6 hours to get there. We left in the morning and got there around 4-5 in the afternoon. We parked the car and there was quite a long walk towards the mysterious, stunning Grand Canyon.
When we finally got there, the view was absolutely breathtaking.
There on the other side of the Canyon very far from us, the sky was very dark which seemed like there was a thunder storm going on.
We were mesmerized by the attractive view for a while before we realized all those black clouds were now on top of our heads in the sky. Everything suddenly became dark and scary. In a split second, it started raining just like a shower.
Well, of course, we were no stranger to heavy rain from Toronto, but there were little hails hitting everyone and those little hails started to grow bigger and bigger very fast. The rain droplets were very heavy, fast and felt sharp against the skin. At first, everyone was sheltering under guideline stations, but there wasn’t enough roof for the crowd.
We decided to go to the car. My husband held my hand and my son held his sister’s hand, we counted to three and started running towards the parking lot which wasn’t close at all. The hail was big stones coming from the sky. It was very hard to see in front of us; those stones were hitting our faces, heads and were very painful. We were soaked in water and were blindly following other people. It was hard to figure out which direction to go to find the car. It felt like resurrection day, the way they show it in movies or end of the world movies, but this time it was real. We all finally got to the parking lot but it took a lot of running back and forth to finally locate the car.
As soon as we got to the car, we started to drive towards Los Vegas while the stones were hitting the vehicle and leaving marks for remembrance, good thing we had full coverage insurance on the rental car.
That day, we all learned what a Monsoon really was and when is its season. I will definitely keep that in mind for the next Grand Canyon trip.
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