December 23, 2019, Grand Canyon Village-
The Centenary of Grand Canyon National Park is drawing to a close. So, naturally, the combination of time to spare and my daughter-in-law’s visit led to us going up to the South Rim, this morning, and spending the day, walking along the paved Rim Trail, from Mather Point to Maricopa Point.
We had spent last night in our respective rooms, at the comfortable America’s Best Value, in Williams. The high point of yesterday was a visit to the Scheinlen-Pena family, in Paulden (of whom, more tomorrow). After being warmed by thick, nutritious soup and salad, we headed to Williams, so as to not spend time going back over the same route, this morning.
The Grand Canyon seemed to strike Yunhee in a way similar to the impression it first makes on others: It’s almost incomprehensible in its size. Of course, photos don’t do it justice (though I’ll post a few, anyway.) The best thing to do here is to choose a few spots where the magnitude of the place can be somewhat encapsulated.
So, here are four such interludes:
Mather Point- An introduction to the Canyon, for many, as it is near the Visitors’ Center. Yunhee opted out of the 22-minute intro video, in favour of direct contact with the view from the Rim.
Yavapai Point: Here is a view of a cave that would seem to be a rock climber’s dream and probably something on which I’d pass.
Along the Rim Trail, just shy of this village: There is a fairly new display, all along the Rim Trail, which shows stone that is from increasingly ancient layers of rock. This Dox Sandstone dates from one billion, one hundred thirty million years ago.
The El Tovar Hotel: Grand Canyon Village, being home to some, and a welcoming host to countless others, does holidays up nicely!
Kolb Brothers Studio: Here is a place that’s both historical and full of artistry. The brothers were photographers here, alternately in conflict and grudging cooperation with Fred Harvey’s Lookout Studio, from 1901-1976. Today, both the Lookout Studio and Kolb Brothers Studio are gift shops and prime places from which to view the Canyon,
as well as the Village:
Near Hopi Point: Crevices always interest me, though not to the extent that I’d try to straddle one.
Near Maricopa Point: The Canyon is evolving, and that means there will be collapses along its many walls, as well as continued uplift.
Next year will bring a few more visits to Everyone’s Hole: A jaunt from Maricopa Point to Hermit’s Rest, on the west side of South Rim, in late March and a hike on the Uncle Jim Trail, North Rim, on what would have been my late Uncle Jim’s 86th birthday, June 3.