The Grand Canyon (three images)

Laura Macky Photography

Grand is the perfect word for this HUGE canyon!  The canyon is 277 river miles (446km) long, up to 18 miles (29km) wide, and a mile (1.6km) deep. Nearly two billion years of Earth’s geological history have been exposed as the Colorado River and its tributaries cut their channels through layer after layer of rock while the Colorado Plateau was uplifted. While the specific geologic processes and timing that formed the Grand Canyon are the subject of debate by geologists, recent evidence suggests that the Colorado River established its course through the canyon at least 17 million years ago. Since that time, the Colorado River continued to erode and form the canyon to its present-day configuration.

We arrived at Mather Point which is at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.  When we parked our car, we still couldn’t see the canyon.  You walk only a short distance maybe the…

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