A glorious sunrise over the Grand Canyon taken from the South Rim.
This past summer in Namibia, I met some German travelers at the Kokerboom Forest of Namib Naukluft. We were chatting about how much Namibia looked like the canyon country of Utah. They were convinced that Namibia was in fact more spectacular, but I found that statement a bit odd. I have a feeling that they wanted to put the American in his place, but I couldn’t help but wonder how you could compare different degrees of beauty, especially when you are speaking about such extreme examples like the canyon country regions of Utah and Arizona and that of Namibia! Both places are beautiful beyond words.
Since my first trip to canyon country in 1972 with my father and stepmother, Rose, I was in love with this place. Since then I have traveled to the national parks and monuments of the region many times. I have spent time visiting parks like Canyonlands, Arches, Bryce Canyon, Zion, Capital Reef and of course the Grand Canyon. The scenery and landscapes of these places is beyond words. The wildlife of the region is plentiful as well.
In 1985, I had the pleasure of camping and hiking in to the Grand Canyon for two weeks which was an outstanding wilderness adventure. I have also traveled much of the region in the dead of winter one year. The best part of traveling there in the winter was that we basically owned every single spot! The crowds of the summer tourist season were completely absent and we could hear the echoes of the vast open spaces and chasms of these phenomenal places. I have also experienced these spots in the heat of the summer months. Som, Cokie and I have found some very secret spots to experience the canyon on the north rim (Point Sublime and others). Experiencing the environmenta extremes of these areas gives me a special sense of the conditions the plants and animals have had to adapt to.
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