Friday, July 11, 2008
It's a big hole in the ground, that scientists believe to have been carved by the Colorado River and its tributaries, with none of those rivers being any wider than they are now.
It's hard to stand at the edge of the Grand Canyon and imagine this itty bitty trickle of water some mile down carving that whole thing. The rocks seem sturdier than that. I even have a hard time imagining the whole thing being filled to the brim like a large lake that drained out leaving those formations.
I believe that the Grand Canyon would be even more impressive from inside the canyon. The only ways to do that include rafting the river, hiking, or riding a mule down. All of those take prior planning; we just left I-40 and drove on up.
As it is, I have some neat shots from the South entrance to the state park at mid-morning. I've seen the photos indicative of how different the canyon looks at different times of the day. These two are from 8:30 am to 10 am.