Monday, March 19, 2012

The Grand Canyon Does Not Accept Change


When I was in Arizona, I got to see something so beautiful it literally took my breath away: THE GRAND CANYON!! I know a lot of people have it on their bucket list and I was so happy to take it off of mine. People always say this, but honestly, the pictures do not do it justice. I'd show you the video I took but that may or may not include me telling Hubby through tears how pretty it was and how I want our family to come here someday and isn't the beauty God puts on this earth amazing and blah blah blah. It was so beautiful, I can't even tell you.

And guess what I got to hold in my hand?

Well, besides that Elk.


Real live, fell from the sky, might be melted, but I don't care because I'm a Florida girl, SNOW!

It was glorious.

I did have a very odd experience at the front gate. I was driving the mini-van full of girls and we were all so excited.  I mean, we were getting a chance to see the Grand Canyon! Who wouldn't be excited?

Ok, maybe that's a little too excited.

So we are all hopped up on sour patch kids and chocolate covered pomegranate seeds when we pull up and realize it costs $25 to get into the park which seems ridiculous because I'm pretty sure the Grand Canyon is all of ours. We scramble together and end up with a $20 bill, three $1 bills, and $2 in change.

Perfect... or so we thought

We pull up to the state park and I give the woman behind the cash register our money as I say "Sorry, we only had $23 in bills so I've got to give you some change". As soon as she hears that she pulls her hand back into the booth and shakes her head. The conversation continued as follows:

Her: "Uh Uh.. no".
Me: (bewildered) No? No what?
Her: I don't like change
Me:(still holding money out)Um.. excuse me?
Her: No, I don't like change. You can pay with a credit card.
Me: (a little frustrated) No, I'm not going to pay with a credit card.. I have the money right here
Her: (still shaking her head and refusing to take the money) No, I don't like change.
Me: (is she serious?) I'm really sorry you don't like change, but it's American money. You have to accept it.
Her: Don't you have anything else?
Me: (ok totally frustrated) No.. it's American legal tender.. You have to take it.
She reluctantly takes the money in her hand, puts the dollars inside the cash register and leaves the change on the counter.
Her: I really don't like change. I'm just going to give this to the next car that pays in cash.
Me: Well that seems... um... rude... but ok.

All the girls thought this was hilarious, but I was seriously baffled. Why on earth wouldn't she accept my change especially considering she could've just put it into her cash register? It was mostly quarters and absolutely no pennies- what if I had had pennies? Was she phobic of change? Had someone told her not to accept change? Had other's been turned away because all they had was change? Did she give another car change for a $20 and a $10 in the form of three $1 and my two dollars in change? So bizarre.

But I digress. 

Seriously, if you haven't seen it before and you get a chance to go, you have to do it!

Just make sure to not bring any change.


  1. I can't believe that she told you that. Part of me wishes I would have went with you to the GC, the other part of me is happy I didn't b/c I would have been extremely lopsided!! LOL xo

  2. This post is so funny! I love that you tried to get technical with her "this is legal American tender"....haha!

    The Grand Canyon is spectacular. Love, love, love it :) Glad you gals made the most of AZ and went to see it.

  3. That is SO crazy! Why on earth would they she not take change??? I didn't know paying at a national park was based on the personal preference of the cashier. Sheesh!

    Fabulous pictures, by the way. And happy moving weekend!

  4. Oh man, that just cracked me up! I even read the exchange to my boyfriend who agrees....what's the big deal with change?!?! Now I will be sure to be prepared when I make a trip to the Grand Canyon!!

  5. It seems money change is not the only type of change she didn't like. Lighten up lady!

  6. Can you believe that I grew up only a couple hours away from the Grand Canyon and I seriously can't remember the last time I went there? Shame on me! Hubs and I will have to plan a weekend trip asap!

  7. I can't believe she was so funny about change--weird.

    And I can't wait to visit the Grand Canyon some day--It will take my breath away, of that I am sure.

  8. Hahaha that is bizarre!! Well at least you had a good story to share about it. Lol
    I've been there once too, with the snow!! It truly is something that you cannot capture the true beauty of. We actually walked down into the canyon on this way tiny path, that had no railings, and iced over....omg I though I was gonna fall right into the canyon! I slipped a couple times, clinging onto the rock for dear life. Lol

  9. That's crazy! Who doesn't accept change?! So weird. Glad to hear you had such a fun trip though!

    ashley /

  10. I'm so glad that you ladies made it to the Grand Canyon. I went there as a child, but I'm sure I would have a completely renewed sense of awe as an adult. I love your photos. And the best line of the whole? Your reference to "legal American tender."

    What an interesting cashier... :-)

  11. I think that wins for pretty much the funniest thing I've ever heard. I've heard that about Americans though, not to stereotype but I'm Canadian and the smallest bill we have is the $5 bill so you get a lot of change because we have $1 and $2 coins so I'm used to carting around tons of coins and my husband who is American HATES change and is constantly going to the bank to get his change turned into bills because he hates it so much. But seriously so not accept it is weird but makes a great story!
    And your pictures are beautiful! I would LOVE to go there one day!

  12. I used to work at a state park and the reason shes didn't want to accept your change is because at the end of the day we had to count all of the money that we excepted the entire day, including all of the change, and the change had to be counted differently then the dollars and be put in special bags, and it was a hassle, so my boss would always tell us don't come back with change if you get change give it to the next customer. It is weird, but it something to do with the way the company picks up all of the money at the end of the day.

    I need to go to the grand canyon though, actually I don't think I have ever been to AZ except the boarder when I went to the CO river.

    Jade (

  13. I laughed the whole way through! A great memory for sure :)

  14. I'm glad you stood your ground! lol - so weird! I went to the Grand Canyon with my siblings and my aunt & uncle when I was a kid, but I'd love to go back now and actually be able to remember it! {i mean I remember being there, but I know I didn't really have the appreciation for it that I would now!}

  15. those pics are awesome, i love the grand canyon! and way to jump like a rockstar!

  16. Yay for the winner, and wow, amazing pictures! LOVE it.

  17. Holy Cow. What a baffling experience. LOL. Like you said, it's legal tender, TAKE IT! I'm just glad you all scrounged up the $25. What a beautiful site. I so want to go!!

  18. Just came across your blog and I looove it! You are seriously hilarious and adorable. I have never been to the Grand Canyon but I really want to go now!!

  19. These pictures scream joy! I use change all the time -I'm always finding $2.11 all in change for a cup of Sbucks... I get sometimes a weird look but never a story like that!