Don't they light it up?

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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.

 

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Rainmaker
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Katrina Madewell
Tampa FL Homes for sale | Tampa Bay - (813) 777-1196
Charles Rutenberg Rlty- More than 5,000 agents(813) 777-1196

I can only Imagine how WONDERFUL this must be to see... Niagra Falls is on my TOP 100 Things to do before I die

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July 22, 2007 12:24 AM
Rainmaker
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Todd & Danielle Millar
A decade of excellence!
Glenn Simon Inc.
I heard they built a see through over pass across one part of the Grand Canyon, have you been on it? I would have to crawl across - even that would be impossible!
July 22, 2007 12:45 AM
Rainmaker
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Marlene Bridges
Laguna Homes|Laguna Condos|Laguna Real Estate
Village Real Estate Services, Inc.

Paul - Very well written article.  You gave me a big chuckle when I got to the explanation of your title.  I guess I'm pretty lucky, I absolutely love being a tour guide to my area. What's not to like?

July 22, 2007 12:58 AM
Rainer
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Rosario Lewis
GRI, SRES - DDR Realty - Orange County, NY
DDR Realty
The landscapes may stay the same, but the people are always changing. That's what I like about this business, the variety of people.
July 22, 2007 01:10 AM
Rainmaker
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Bob & Carolin Benjamin
East Phoenix Arizona Homes
Benjamin Realty LLC
Bob is getting ready this week to take one of the relatives up there ... gee maybe they will have it all lit up, ya think? ha ha
July 22, 2007 01:12 AM
Rainmaker
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Paul Slaybaugh
Scottsdale, AZ Real Estate
Realty Executives

Todd & Danielle,

You heard partially right.  They did construct a see-through viewing platform, but it is just a roundabout walkway.  It doesn't extend across.  It is located well to the west of the primary tourist area in the South Rim.  I haven't seen it yet, but I'm eager to test my mettle against it! 

Paul Slaybaugh, Scottsdale AZ Realty Executives

July 22, 2007 10:52 AM
Rainmaker
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Paul Slaybaugh
Scottsdale, AZ Real Estate
Realty Executives

Thanks, Marlene.

Don't get me wrong, I absolutely love my community and my role as tour guide.  I can't imagine doing anything else.  I'm no robot, though, so really just talking about those rare days when I have a hard time getting going.

 

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July 22, 2007 10:55 AM
Rainmaker
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Paul Slaybaugh
Scottsdale, AZ Real Estate
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Carolin,

Let me know if Bob makes it over to the new skywalk.  I'm interested to hear if it is worth the extra time and effort.

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July 22, 2007 10:57 AM
Rainmaker
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Mesa, Arizona Real Estate Mesa Arizona Realtor
Teri Ellis at Homes Arizona Real Estate LLC

Paul, good post about Arizona. I agree......I'm taking my daughter/granchildren to Sedona, Oak Creek and Slide Rock to see that beautiful part of Arizona. Though not a native, I moved her when I was three which is "almost" a native.

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July 22, 2007 04:48 PM
Rainer
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Patrick Harfst
HomeSmart - Gilbert AZ

Hi Paul,

Good thoughts... The Grand Canyon is very hard to desribe in words. Heck, it's hard with photos. One must go there, and preferably, walk to the bottom. Stop at Phantom Ranch for a couple cold beers. Then you can say you've been to the Canyon. I've done about 7 trips below the rim, and have never stopped being in awe of that place. It's even in my will for my ashes to go there... Arizona is awesome, and the canyon is Grand!

July 23, 2007 01:41 AM
Rainmaker
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Paul Slaybaugh
Scottsdale, AZ Real Estate
Realty Executives

Patrick,

Thanks for your comments.  My last trip was the trek down to Havasupai Falls.  Absolutely stunning.  A cold beer is more than in order after that hike!

July 29, 2007 08:39 PM
Rainer
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Cheri Smith
Realtor Prudential Gary Greene
Prudential Gary Greene, Cypress TX
Wow. What a beautiful picture. I've been to Scottsdale a few times to visit relatives. I was shocked when it was 103 and I wasn't dieing from the heat like here in Houston when it gets to 103. I loved the fact that you can grow grapefruit and lemons in  your back yard there. I had my first taste of cactus off the grill there. What I never got to see was the grand canyon. Maybe some day.
September 25, 2007 09:06 AM
Rainmaker
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Paul Slaybaugh
Scottsdale, AZ Real Estate
Realty Executives
Hi Cheri', thanks for commenting.  I have relatives in Houston that I used to visit every summer.  I have to concur.  I have never felt more oppressive heat than a one hundred degree day in H-Town.  Funny you mention the citrus.  I've got lemons and tangerines in my backyard.  I had a crabapple tree, but it didn't make it.  Thanks again for stopping by. 
September 25, 2007 09:52 AM
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Jason Crouch
Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653)
Austin Texas Homes, LLC
Paul - I finally got around to reading this great post after you mentioned it to me the other day.  I featured it in the "Family Ties" group.  Terrific sentiments here, and a great tie-in to our business as well.  Talk to you soon -
September 27, 2007 02:07 AM
Rainmaker
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Paul Slaybaugh
Scottsdale, AZ Real Estate
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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