Wednesday, June 05, 2019

The Way We Were Wednesday - A Heck of Place to Lose A Cow

This picture was taken in the mid-1980's on my third of four visits to the Grand Canyon.  I was there twice as a child, 4 or 5 years old.  I went back in my late 20's, I was just starting to get fit.  I walked the trails along the rim on that trip for several miles one afternoon.  Jay and I went back about 8 years ago. 

One of the earliest descriptions of the canyon, read, a hell of a place to lose a cow.  Words fail me in describing the scene.  It is somewhat surreal, you drive along through a pine forest, come to a parking lot, walk over to a railing and there is this giant hole over a mile deep and several miles across.  The colors in the rock are deep and rich.  The layers of the earth's crust are exposed one after another.  I have been there four times, I would go back again, I could live with this view.  

Have you seen it? 

The digital image files from our trip 8 years ago were lost in a hard-drive failure (my backup was almost six months out of date, I have kept a backup mirror drive running ever since.) Only one print survives from that trip, framed and on the wall in my bathroom, were I see it daily.  


  1. not yet; it IS geologically spectacular, just from the pix I've seen. but I know nothing can top (heh) an in-person view.

  2. I was 28 the first time I saw the Grand Canyon. I’m still in awe. Nothing can prepare you for the actual experience. Oh, and to watch the colors change during sunrise and sunset.

  3. No, I've never seen the Grand Canyon -- maybe some day!

  4. I've been twice. The first time was in 1980. We had friends who lived in a mobile home there. The husband was an air traffic controller there at the time. It was April and there was snow all around. The kids were 2 and 3. The oldest loved the snow. The youngest (now 41) still thinks snow is from the devil! The Canyon was beautiful and not crowded with tourists. I couldn't believe the vistas! It's like Hawaii, you can't really capture the magic with a camera.
    The second time was in 2012, May and no snow at all! We camped there with the kids, their wives, the grandkids and our dogs. It was a blast! We have an album of the trip that my daughter-in-law surprised us with. Good memories.