October 6, 2019, Jacob Lake-
I made a silent promise to my long-departed maternal grandfather, whom I never met in this life, but who has appeared to me, a few times, that I would not give in to a more irrational level of acrophobia. He has been one of my spirit guides, all these years, exhorting me to face life and overcome obstacles. He and Grandma imparted that message to my mother and her siblings; an examination of their lives bears out that exhortation’s fruits.
So, as I readied for visits to three of the overlooks at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, there was no trepidation at engaging the heights of this wondrous place. The North Rim exists at the highest point of the western Colorado Plateau. Had the canyon never been carved, one would face a 2,000 foot increase in elevation, from Tusayan to the site of Grand Canyon Lodge.
My first order of business, after looking around the Lodge for a bit, was a walk out to Bright Angel Point. As today was one of the most gorgeous Sundays in quite a while, there were dozens of people, of all ages, walking about or at least lounging on the Lodge’s patio, which also offers views of the canyon below.
Here are a few of those scenes available to the sedentary.
I then availed myself of a couple of overlooks, close to the Lodge.
Bright Angel Point involves a fairly strenuous hike, mainly due to the elevation. Those with pulmonary issues do best to stick to the Lodge area. An intrepid woman using trekking poles made it half-way, before concluding it would be a mistake to continue. There were several of us late middle-agers who made the walk, though, along with folks as young as five.
It was at the above guard fence that a little girl wanted to climb up, for “a better view”. You’d best believe her mother’s hands were firmly on her, for that exercise in bravery!
The various striations in the sandstone clearly show the levels it has taken, to build this most magnificent of geologic records.
In the next post, Point Imperial and Cape Royal offer a northeastern perspective of the Canyon’s wonders.