Sunday, June 7, 2009
Puny Thoughts on the Grand Canyon
Semi-annually, Mr. B.E. & I migrate between our spring/summer Midwestern abode and our fall/winter Border abode. The upheaval is complete. I think of our lifestyle as a split-screen existence; this year I termed it "crossing the Great Divide." Coincidentally, since we decided to return North via a Grand Canyon visit, we literally crossed the Continental Divide a couple times in the process.
Looking at the Grand Canyon is an other-worldly experience. Gazing over the rim, I felt like I was standing on the hologram deck of the Starship Enterprise. Alternatively, I was a child again, looking into a View-Master at a friend's house.
The cool thing about the Canyon is that it is always changing, depending on the time of day and angle of the sun.
Visiting in early May is good. Numbers are down. There were many AARP-couples there, not so many children.
The campground was far from full. I preferred tent camping to staying in a resort hotel. It seemed more authentic to the experience.
An important aspect of the visit is the heightened sense of time and place this natural phenomenon imparts. Mr. B.E. has since taken to library books about geology and the creation of the Canyon: how water works and how it will change the future face of the planet. Much like looking upward at the stars, looking into the canyon--gazing back in time--is humbling.