The Grand Canyon (Day 4)
Trip Start Apr 04, 2010
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The day following our immersion in American sin and decadence was spent driving to a wonder of the natural world...the Grand Canyon. Through a 1 1/2 hour wait at the Hoover Dam due to construction. We arrived late in the afternoon, found our campsite and wrestled with the tent before driving the additional 1/2 mile to the canyon rim, well not really the rim... the parking lot. Then we walked in the thoroughly chilled evening air, around the official, or not, Grand Canyon construction zone to the rim to witness some little bit of this vast wonder of nature...in the dark.
We got up to the railing, that separated the idyllic ambling gravel path from a terrifying drop to certain death, to find ourselves looking into a big open hole in the ground without the definition of color or depth, offered by some little bit of light
We walked back around the construction site through the quickly cooling night air and back to the car to drive back to the campsite for hot chocolates and peppermint schnapps - and a ridiculously cold and shivering broken sleep.
In the morning, after abandoning our morning bicycle ride (due to the cold), we then drove back to the rim and accompanying walk - to witness the color and indescribable vastness that is the Grand Canyon. Kirstin and I attended a ranger talk during which we were offered the opportunity to become Jr. rangers through a program offered by the national park service. The curriculum included activities fit for children aged 8-14. Kirstin asked if I would like to be a junior ranger; I declined the offer but gave it a moment of second thought when I realized that, doing the junior ranger program would, most probably make me the senior most junior ranger. hmm...
If the words were available to me I would try to describe the breadth, depth, and colors present in that giant eroded scar in the earth's surface. That is not the case. My vocabulary is notably lacking the words to describe that vast natural wonder.
After much walking and a couple of the obligatory picture generation, camera swaps with random couples and families we trekked to the visitors center to absorb more information than most would care to know about the canyon before leaving for our drive to Albuquerque, New Mexico.