One of the seven natural wonders of the world, it is 277 miles long, 18 miles at its widest point and 6,000 feet at its deepest point. When you gaze into this gigantic opening in the earth, you see the layers upon layers of rock that were carved by Colorado River and other natural forces over millions of years.
|The deep splendor of Grand Canyon|
Although I traveled to the park in 1985, I told my wife Mary it was a place I wanted her to experience as well. We had planned to go there last October, during our vacation to Las Vegas, but the government shutdown prevented that from happening.
|The Watchtower on the south rim|
Our first stop on the tour was the Watchtower, designed by Mary Colter and opened in 1933 as a gift shop and rest area on the south rim. It provided some breathtaking views.
|Grand Canyon Lodge|
From there, we traveled to Grand Canyon Village, which has hiking trails, gift shop, restaurant, and more places to see the park. I know some in our group wanted to take a mule tour to the bottom, but there wasn't enough time.
Several years ago I wanted to hike to the bottom and back up, but that was when I was a younger man, and in much better physical condition than I am today. Maybe in the future it'll return to my list of things to do before I die (I'm just afraid it would kill me at this point!).
|The Hopi House at Grand Canyon Village|
One of the things I thought was humorous came while we were headed back to Flagstaff. There was a gorgeous rainbow spanning the southern sky, and a lot of folks with cameras started taking photos. We had just left one of the most awe-inspiring places on Earth, and couldn't resist snapping a few shots of something we see all the time.
Perhaps Grand Canyon inspired us to to appreciate all of nature's beauty.
Until the next time...