The Grand Canyon is One of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. The Grand Canyon is 277 miles long, with a width from 1/2 to 18 miles, and an average depth of one mile. The first people to look over the rim of the Grand Canyon were Native Americans. No one knows for sure when they came.
In 1933 some construction workers were building a trail in the canyon. In Luka Cave they found animal figurines made of twigs from Willow and Cottonwood Trees. One had a horn like a Bighorn Sheep, and another looked like a Deer. A third had a twig through it, as if it had been killed by a spear. These figurines are 3200 to 5000 years old. They are the earliest evidence of human life around the canyon.
The South Rim of the Grand Canyon is open all year. There is snow on this rim in the winter, but it melts quickly. Daytime temperature in the winter is in the low 40’s. Night temperature is usually in the low teens and 20’s. Summer temperatures range from the 80’s during the day to night temperatures in the 40’s. Five million visitors a year come to the Grand Canyon.
The West Rim of the Grand Canyon is 150 miles west of the South Rim, and is untouched by the 20th century world. The West Rim is located on the Hualapai Indian Reservation in Northern Arizona and opened in 1998. At the West Rim of the Grand Canyon you can view the Colorado River from an elevation of 3500 feet. Also, enjoy Guano Point and Eagle Point located at the West Rim of the Grand Canyon.
The Colorado River drops 2200 feet in its 277 mile course through the Grand Canyon. The depth of the river ranges from 6 to 110 feet. The width of the river varies from 100 to 300 feet. It has more than 150 rapids. There could not have been a Grand Canyon without an uplifting of the Colorado Plateau and the cutting action of the Colorado River. The river carries large boulders and small stones. They scrape and gouge the sides of the canyon. As the river cuts downward, it exposes the canyon walls to weathering and erosion. The layers of rock on both sides of the canyon are identical. That means the Colorado River must have separated them.
I had been to this place alone. I stayed in Los Vegas Stratosphere (106 floor) hotel earlier night, I got up at 5 am and boarded bus at 6 am. I met Mr Murthy while in the bus, who is from RT nagar was working in Seattle. Initially he had not taken the aerial tour I suggested him to swith over to aerial tour immediately at the registration counter. He agreed and took aerial tour at my insistance. We along with other 25 American’s reached Canyon south rim in a luxury bus around 1 pm from Los Vegas.
I was excited and my heart was full of joy to see this earth’s natural beauty and wonder (BHOORAME). When you stand on the rim of the CONYON the words won’t come out, eye balls will come to stand still. Such a beauty that this! Our Kuvempu, Dr Raj would have seen this, Raj would have sung MANAVANAGI HUTTIDA MELE OMME NODU grand canyon, He must have sung this line. Our Kuvempu would have utilised this natural beauty to compare the other beauties (including Stree soundrya). Such a wonderful place to see! Till today American scientist could not come to a conclusion on how this GRAND CANYON must have created. One theory says billion, billion years back this Grand Canyon must have created by Colarado River. Other theory say due to eruption of Valcano must have created this wonder. One more theory says some celestial object must have fallen from the space. Due to fallen impact this must have created. But till today nobody has perfectly come to a conclusion with the concrete evidences.
I and Murthy enjoyed the complete tour. Murthy captured my PTC, took my pictures at HOOVER’s dam on the way to CANYON. (It will be continued…….. But I could not locate Murthy in Bangalore afterwards. )
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