Hi everyone! Its Di here at You, Me and The Dock travel site. Are you ready to “See through my eyes”, one of the most Majestic places on earth!? Sit back and let me be your chaperone through this beautiful and overwhelming landscape.
Let me begin with some history on this humongous crevice that weaves throughout the great state of Arizona.
The Grand Canyon is located in the northern part of Arizona. Its history goes back as far as 12,000 years ago. This geological processes has been developing over an unimaginable period of time. With its unique size that measures over 277 miles long, approximately 18 miles wide and an astonishing one mile deep makes it one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.
There have been many stories told regarding the iconic landmark’s existence. From its desert terrain and sheering walls that bow to the Colorado River engraving its path below, to the Montane Forest atop it’s North Rim – the landscape is mesmerizing to all who view it.
In the early 1800’s expeditions were sent in by the United States government to begin the exploration and mapping of the southwest region. The Grand Canyon is divided into the North and South Rims. The North Rim is more accessible through Utah.
The two rims are approximately ten miles apart. Hikers tackle the South Kaibab Trail that runs north and south. I myself would liked to experience this scenic hike one day. On this particular day, “Seen through my eye”, the weather was rainy with plenty of dark clouds looming above.
As I’m writing this article, I could envision myself doing the adventurous hike. I think I’ll note this on my “bucket list” for the next time I am in the area. Okay, back to The Grand Canyon my friends.
The photos shown above, were taken in September 2016 from the North Rim. Notice the accumulating clouds which build very quickly over the Canyon. However, that didn’t stop me today from “Seeing through my eyes” this geographical marvel.
The South Rim is open all year long and receives most of the park’s visitors. It also has an airport and rail service which transports people to and from the surrounding area.
Driving to the various points of interest, I decided my favorite was Bright Angel Point. As I walked down the trail, I challenge myself to go further and further. Yes, I’m short and walking down is beyond easy. It’s the climb up that becomes a challenge. I laughed at myself because I really had to stretch my short legs to climb back out of the canyon.
The changes in landscape are truly fascinating with all the varieties of animals and plants. Take time to look not only at the horizon, but what is at your feet. I think you will find a whole new world.
Today The Grand Canyon National Park encompasses more than one million acres of land and receives close to five million visitors each year. The iconic marvel is managed by the National Park Service in partnership with the Hualapai Tribe, and the Havasupai Tribe.
Tourists from all over the world come to see this magnificant iconic site. We should be proud to have one of the Seven Wonders of the Natural World right here in The United States Of America’s backyard.
Thank you for letting me share what I have “Seen through my eyes”. I appreciate all of you following along and will hopefully see you on my next adventure.
Author: Diana Blevins
Photography: Diana Blevins
Associate Editor: Maureen Scopel
Article Layout: Anthony Scopel
Technical Mastering & Support: Matt Kemper
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