Friday 1 Feb, 2013

Real Life Is Grand

A wise man once said, “There’s no substitute for real life.”

He might have been talking about butter vs. faux-butter, but the message still remains. The best movies, music, books or pictures can make you laugh, cry, think and be scared – sometimes all at the same time. But still…you can’t beat the real thing.

What’s the point of this you ask?

Google has unveiled Street View imagery for the Grand Canyon. A marvelous 75-mile span of trails and surrounding roads that let you take a virtual hike through several known locations of the canyon – including the Bright Angel Trail, South Kaibab Trail and the Colorado River.

While this is a remarkable feat in technology, it reminds me of how amazing the real thing is, and the awe people get from actually being there. From resting their hand on a piece of rock that’s over 17 million years old, to looking down at the Colorado River from the top of Mojave Point. Being there proves exactly how expansive 18 miles wide and 277 miles long really is.

So while Google will offer a preview of this ancient marvel, it’s still worth the trip that millions of sightseers from around the world make. And for good reason. The Grand Canyon is even “grander” in real life.