Awesome! Incredible! Breathtaking! Sheer words cannot describe God's amazing creation of the Grand Canyon - grand it really is, but even that doesn't do justice.
After going to the little St John's Lutheran-Episcopal Church, in Williams, in the morning we took off to the Grand Canyon. Took about an hour to drive there. What was really incredible is that driving there the landscape was just the normal some mountains in the distance, prairie land .... but when we entered the park and the trees parted ... your breath was truly taken away.
Having the RV is wonderful as we just pulled up to a parking bay overlooking the Grand Canyon and took out our lunch and ate it at the table ... then off we drove. We were hoping to do some bike riding, but the distances were a bit too great between the lookouts and I don't trust myself, let alone the kids to ride on the road - still isn't natural to look to the right first before crossing the road.
We have included some pictures but to see the Grand Canyon from various lookouts is just like looking at a painting .... at times it doesn't look 3D, but then when you look down the depth is well, wow! The pictures don't do it justice. We only viewed the Canyon from the South Rim, you can also view the canyon from the north rim, but that takes a while to get around as you cannot get across. This is all we will see it from.
Now for some factual information:
* The Colorado river flows through the base of the canyon
* Geologists date the rocks at the bottom of the canyon at 1,840 million years (How do they do that ?????)
* The canyon has been carved over the last 5-6 million years.
* Without the Colorado River, the Canyon would not exist - it flows at 750m above sea level.
* The Grand Canyon is about 446km long.
* Along the south rim the width varies between 13 - 26 km wide.
The Grand Canyon is called Grand because, " the ensemble of stunning dimensions - the melding of depth, width, and length - sets the Grand Canyon apart. Nowhere else features such a dazzling variety of colourful rock layers, impressive buttes, and shadowed side canyons. Grand Canyon is the canyon against which all canyons are compared."
Are you impressed!!! Sparky was impressed too - we'll have to share with you what he had to say!
We were able to view the canyon all along the south rim: from Mather Point, Grandview point, Moran Point, Lipan Point, Navajo Point and at Desert View we watched the sunset over the canyon .... really impressive. We also stopped at lots of places in between to marvel at God's creation.
Took us an hour and a half to get back to the RV park in Williams .... about 9:30pm .... we were all exhausted from all the walking, but boy was it worth it. Missing you all ...
God's blessings, love Anne