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The Grand Canyon – The Edge of Vastness

We arrived at the edge of the South Rim of the Grand Canyon today. As one stands here, one is struck by the canyon’s vastness.  Measuring the canyon’s width, depth, or length, you have to use words like one mile deep, 18 miles wide, and 275 river miles long.  You just have to stand at the edge and marvel at its enormity. We are minuscule in comparison, and no photo I take can convey the beauty of this place.  It is indeed breathtaking beyond belief – we could not believe what our eyes were seeing, and very time we looked again, with the change of light, it looked different.

The Grand Canyon at Sunset

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Sedona, Arizona

We drove 125 miles north today to Sedona.  Along the way we stopped to see Montezuma’s castle…a five store 20 room domicile carved into the limestone rocks by Native American Indians in the 13th-14th century.

Montezuma’s Castle

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American Southwest Canyon Tour 

We are off on a short visit to a few of the most beautiful natural sites in the world – The Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, and Zion National Park with Gate1 Travel.  We start our trip in Phoenix, Arizona, with a hike through the Desert Botanical Garden, 140 acres in Papagos Park, showcasing 21,000 plants, with 139 species which are rare or endangered. It has been designated as a Phoenix Source of Pride.

The desert has its own kind of beauty….strange, dramatic, and prickly, yet flowering and beautiful, providing housing for many desert creatures and birds, and able to survive with a minimal amount of water.

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