Monday, March 2, 2009

Grand Canyon

There is nothing we can say to describe this place. It is simply too beautiful for words. It is the definition of awesome. Between the two of us, we took probably 75 pictures. No, I'm not going to post them all! Just a few... If you've visited the great cathedrals of the world (The Vatican, Notre Dame, Washington National, St. John's), but not been here, you've missed God's cathedral! Can't be topped!

We rode the various park shuttles early in the day, but treated ourselves to the Sunset Tour. It was worth it! The sunset did not cooperate, but we saw beautiful vistas and learned a lot from our tour guide. And, saw mule deer and big horn sheep! The majority of the original buildings at the park were designed by Mary Coulter who worked for Fred Harvey who built, owned and operated many hotels along the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe railroad line, including the one at the park. (Remember the movie with Judy Garland, THE HARVEY GIRLS? Same Harvey.) She used the local stones and Indian styles as inspiration. She designed the buildings to look as if they had been there a long time. Her fireplaces are just amazing! The one at Bright Angel Lodge is built in layers correctly reflecting the various layers of stone in the canyon. She even designed ashtrays to reflect the local Indian culture!

Just a few pictures of the Colorado River to close... keep in mind while looking at these photos that the Colorado is about 300 feet across (2 football fields) and is about 1 mile down! Scale is key!

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