And then some….
They say the rocks at the bottom of the Grand Canyon are close to 2 billion years old. ( I don’t understand why the rocks at the top of the canyon are not also 2 billion years old but that’s a question for a geologist I guess). However, it’s ONLY been 5 or 6 million years since the canyon started to rise up and form as the Colorado River cut through it. I would love to learn more about the canyon geology….maybe someday.
Every day the canyon looks different….every hour….every minute….every degree the sun moves…every degree I move…every angle…every cloud…and I’m only seeing it from the rim.
It’s all about erosion. Water, ice, wind, heat, and very important….silt in the water works like sand paper. Since there are now dams at both ends of the canyon, the erosion has slowed considerably related to the water in the Colorado River and the silt it carries.
I think part of the awe of looking into the canyon comes from being aware of all those millions and billions of years….not that I can grasp that concept in the least….it’s like trying to fathom the distance of the Stars in the night sky. Between all that, and the size of it, and the beauty of it, one feels very tiny and insignificant. Perspective….Life and pain and sorrow and war, joy and peace seem to change shape. A human life span is but an instant. Perspective.
Our earth is big! And our earth is oh so tiny…microscopic.
I wanted to mention about bringing dogs here. dogs are welcome on all the trails above the rim. You can walk them all around the village and market area. There is a kennel, but you must reserve ahead and have proof of immunizations. They are of course, welcome in the campground. You can’t take them on shuttles, tours, in any buildings, including the hotels and lodges. It would be lovely to take the shuttles here, but I won’t put my fur babies in the kennel unless it’s for some kind of emergency, so no shuttles for me. We are limited in our walks because Joy doesn’t go for long walks these days. I have left them in JR for up to a couple of hours while I explored. They were in the shade with windows open. Not always easy to find a shady spot…
The weather has been just about perfect with average day temps of around 70 degrees and average night temps of 40 or so. There was one very windy day.
Its been wonderful. People from around the world are here to see this amazing place. I hear so many languages…English maybe half the time!
But….we leave tomorrow! The week went so quickly! Another adventure awaits though, and we will be meeting up with our friends ‘Kerry’ and her dog ‘Annabelle’. ( not their real names). I’m so looking forward to seeing them!