A Second and a Third Look

26 08 2011

There is a huge difference between ‘seeing’ something and ‘experiencing’ something.

That 9.5 hour trek has bonded me to the Grand Canyon for life.  I can still remember how impressed I was at the scenery as we descended into the canyon, how happy I was when we reached the bottom of the canyon, the feeling of disbelief when we stepped up to the crest of the hill and realized that we still had another ½ a mile until we got to Plateau Point and my desperation for a water station and a tiny bit of shade.

After this bonding experience, to which I still haven’t put my runners back on or gotten rid of all of the red canyon dirt, we were no longer content to walk along the rim of the canyon and ooh and aahh with the rest of the tourists.  There’s only so long that you can stare down at a bunch of rocks in the middle of the day.  Soon enough it starts to all look the same.

Instead we looked for opportunities to see the canyon in a different light.  Like, the light of an approaching thunderstorm.  There’s nothing like feeling the force of a wind tunnel at the rim.

And probably the best light to see the Grand Canyon in…Sunset.  The rocks truly do light up and turn that deep red and orange and purple that you see on postcards.

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2 responses

27 08 2011
Alice

beautiful lighting, great shots, what an adventure

7 10 2011
chinesetea2

There are songs that make us want to dance…But the best songs are the ones that bring you back to the moment you first heard them,and once again break your heart.

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