Don't they light it up?

By
Real Estate Agent with Realty Executives

Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon is one of the most jaw-dropping sights on earth.  People come from around the world to see our big hole in the ground, only to find that it is an even bigger hole than they ever imagined.  It is a bit of a tradition for just about anyone who has lived in the Valley of the Sun for any period of time that you take first time visitors to hike Camelback Mountain, see the red rocks in Sedona, and penultimately to our state moniker's namesake (for all of you scoring at home, that would be The Grand Canyon State).  Sometimes it can feel less like a tradition than a burden.  Other times, it can feel less like a burden than a trip to the dentist.  Not your standard DDS accredited dentist, mind you.  More like Steve Martin in Little Shop of Horrors.  That is until you actually get there, and step out of the car.  The nuisance of the trip, stopping for lunch at Bunhuggers in Flagstaff for the umpteenth time (though saying that name never gets old), the $20 to get into the park which brings your yearly total up to roughly six grand ... it all melts away when you get that first magnificent view of the canyon.

Years ago, long before I entered this profession, my mother's aunt and uncle came to visit us from Mars, PA.  Yes, you read that right, Mars, PA.  To my knowledge, they had never left the state of Pennsylvania before this epic road trip.  Their first priority upon hitting town was an immediate trip to the canyon.  It was already mid afternoon, and would take a good four hours to make the drive, so my mother suggested we put it off until morning.  Undeterred, they wanted to leave right now until my mother stopped them in their tracks by mentioning that it would be too dark to see anything by the time they got there.  After several seconds of silence, Uncle Pete, clearly not grasping the sheer enormity of what he was to see, blurted out, "Don't they light it up?"                    

Light bulb

It is much like showing property to someone who is new to the area on those days when you are just not feeling it.  You grimace about the thought of pointing out the same landmarks, telling the same jokes, looking at the same houses, setting up your appointments.  All while making sure that you are "on" from the minute you greet your client to the time you drop them off.  Any malaise falls away, however, once the appointment starts and you are in your element: showing off the community you love.  Sometimes I think of Pete when I pick up a first timer from the airport.  Just glancing their changes in expression as we drive through town, I can see that this is not the cactus and tumbleweed community that was expected.  Or maybe they knew it would be nice, but not quite this nice.  Suppressing a grin, I have to restrain myself from mentioning how beautiful it is when they light it up.

 

For Scottsdale AZ Real Estate, please visit me at www.RayandPaul.com

close

This entry hasn't been re-blogged:

Re-Blogged By Re-Blogged At
Spam prevention

Accessibility option: listen to a question and answer it!

To submit the form,
drag the scissors to the circle on the side.

Type below the answer to what you hear. Numbers or words, lowercase:

Location:
Arizona
Groups:
Family Ties
Tags:
arizona lifestyle
family
scottsdale realtor
scottsdale az real estate
mccormick ranch real estate

Comments 19 New Comment

Rainmaker
330,947
Paul Slaybaugh
Scottsdale, AZ Real Estate
Realty Executives
Thanks Jason.  As I mentioned to you before, it was basically a post without a home prior to your new group.  Thanks for giving it shelter!
September 27, 2007 10:13 AM
Rainer
274,084
Adam Waldman
Realtor - Long Island
Westcott Group Real Estate Company
PAUL:  I've only been there once in the daytime, so I never got to see it when they "light it up."  That is hysterical.  You can't really describe it unless you've seen it.  The only thing that I can say is that is was too much for my mind to comprehend.  When you look down over the railing, it looks big, but something within reason.  When you step back and look out, it feels like the world has become a gigantic postcard.  It truly overwhelmed me.  If I lived nearby, maybe I would go there more often and do some exploring.  But for now, the memory of seeing it just once will last a lifetime.
September 28, 2007 05:22 AM
Rainer
67,172
Keith Perry
REALTOR - West Metro Atlanta
Coldwell Banker

Paul.... It must be nice to live nearby beauty like that.

September 28, 2007 05:33 AM
Rainmaker
330,947
Paul Slaybaugh
Scottsdale, AZ Real Estate
Realty Executives
Thanks for commenting, Adam.  Perfectly said, too much for my mind too comprehend.  It basically encompasses the horizon.  If you are fortunate to catch it at twilight with all of the brilliant colors dancing below the rim ... breathtaking.  Thanks again for dropping in, Adam.
September 28, 2007 09:51 AM
Rainmaker
330,947
Paul Slaybaugh
Scottsdale, AZ Real Estate
Realty Executives

Keith & Robin,

It is indescribable.  It's like seeing the ocean for the first time.  Nothing man builds can ever compete with nature's wonders.  Thanks for reading.

September 28, 2007 09:54 AM
Rainmaker
330,947

Paul Slaybaugh

Scottsdale, AZ Real Estate
Ask me a question
*
*
*
Spam prevention

Accessibility option: listen to a question and answer it!

To submit the form,
drag the man to the circle on the side.

Type below the answer to what you hear. Numbers or words, lowercase:

Additional Information

See Scottsdale through the eyes of a native son!

Subscribe in a reader

Subscribe to Paul's Scottsdale AZ Real Estate Chronicles by Email



website stats


visitor stats