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Grand Canyon, Part 1

And what could possibly top the Pink Jeep Tour of Broken Arrow Trail? Well, maybe the Grand Canyon. After all, I live in the Grand Canyon state not the Broken Arrow state. The weather, similar to what we experienced the previous day, was partly to mostly cloudy with a few drops of rain toward the end — but alas, I am getting ahead of myself.

The most incredible thing about the Grand Canyon is the vistas of this gigantic ditch that Mother Nature has carved in the rock using the flowing waters of the Colorado River. She has revealed the layers of sediment that were laid down when this part of America was actually an inland sea.

It as been a while since I last visited the Grand Canyon — it was that same trip when I last visited Sedona with Kona and my parents (1996, if I recall correctly). I have been reading in the newspaper about the tremendous crowds in the summer months and that has been a roadblock in my mind for a return visit. But with an out-of-town guest, we had to visit, crowds or not.

Another factor in the size of the crowds was the time of year. My last visit was in April — not too busy. But his trip we found so many summer visitors that we had a hard time simply finding an empty parking space in the lots around the visitor center. I knew we would take the free shuttle bus to get around but first we had to ditch the car.

I also faced a photographic challenge on this visit. The overcast skies make photography a bit more difficult than bright sunny skies. I say that despite the fact that many (most?) photographers do not like bright sunny skies. However, the Hawaiian part of my being craves them. But you take what you get and hopefully, my Photoshop post-processing will please you in the photos I am sharing.

It seems like everywhere you turn your eyes you see something different, something intriguing, something beautiful, something grand. For example, this photo shows the multiple channels cut by flowing water, all heading into the Colorado River. Even with our modern sophistication, we are in awe — but can you imagine what the Native Americans thought when they first encountered and explored this Grand Canyon? That is why it is sacred even to modern tribes.

Here, some nice tourists enjoying the views — Noriko (our guest from Japan), Johnny and Mizuki.

It is interesting that some of the peaks are high enough that a photo looks like it was taken from an airplane (or a drone). Cool!

I like this shot because it gives some scale to the immensity of the Grand Canyon when compared to the "tiny" visitors at this viewing spot on top of the edge of the abyss.

Also, I am intrigued by some of these pillars of rock, carved by the water and the wind into interesting shapes then populated by a handful of hardy flora.

I was very impressed with the tenacity of this humble yucca plant (at least I think it's yucca). Very little dirt but it managed a foothold.

Last for today is a sheer cliff also with an impressive vertical forest.

To be continued...

Life is good.

B. David

P. S., All photos and text © B. David Cathell Photography, Inc. — www.bdavidcathell.com