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The digital image files from our trip 8 years ago were lost in a hard-drive failure (my backup was almost six months out of date, I have kept a backup mirror drive running ever since.)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.