We went to the southern rim of the Grand Canyon. What an amazing example of Mother Nature at her best. Pictures really cannot capture the beauty.
The weather did not totally cooperate – the temperature was great, but the sun was scarce (as you can see from the pictures). We got up at 4:30 in the morning to get a picture of the sunrise. It was well worth it to watch the canyon come alive as the sun came up. We practiced for our next trip to the Grand Canyon which will include a hike to the bottom, by hiking a couple of miles of the Bright Angel trail. Going down was not so bad, coming up required a lot of stops “to admire the beauty.” The squirrels were too cute, hanging onto the wall with a drop to the canyon right below – very sure-footed little creatures. We saw a lot of elk and mule deer too. Leslie was happy, she got her animal fix.
Ok, we know you are dying for your lesson for the day – The Grand Canyon is 277 miles long, up to 18 miles wide and attains a depth of over a mile (6,000 feet). Nearly two billion years of the Earth’s geological history has been exposed as the Colorado River and its tributaries cut their channels through layer after layer of rock while the Colorado Plateau was uplifted. While the specific geologic processes and timing that formed the Grand Canyon are the subject of debate by geologists, recent evidence suggests the Colorado River established its course through the canyon at least 17 million years ago.