It had been cold the night before and some misty clouds were hanging around to give a rather mystical aura and feel to my first view of the Grand Canyon.
The WatchTower was built in 1941 and was decorated by the Hopi people. It is a beautiful combination of ancient symbolism and modern architecture.
When I showed this photo to my travel agents on campus at uni, they were quite excited as this is apparently the shot used in all of the tourism brochures......
- they'd fight you for your lunch if you weren't careful.....There were signs up asking people NOT to feed them, but many people still posed proudly next to the signs feeding the squirrels. I should have taken a photo....
Despite the cloud in the morning, by the time of the flight in the afternoon, the sky was clear and I was able to see the Grand Canyon in all it's true majesty.
The Colorado River is the larger, cleaner river, while the Little Colorado is full of sediment from recent rains.
I found it quite amazing when fellow Humans were telling me the impacts that the enormous Hoover and Glen Canyon Dams have been having on the hydrology and ecology of the Colorado River and it's catchment. The mighty river barely reaches the sea anymore at the Gulf of Mexico. Top Natural Wonder of the World INDEED.
Quite amazing how suddenly that rim appears out of nowhere in the desert and surrounding forest. And that the tourist road is packed, of course.
I didn't know it at the time, but apparently 4 or 5 people were killed in a plane crash on the weekend I was at Sedona seeing Bruce. Hmmmm........
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