Monday, December 29, 2008
It was the best Christmas present ever and we are so thankful that we were able to do it, and that we are home again after a long and adventurous treck.
A Blessed and Merry Christmas to everyone and Happy New Year!
Arrow 1 for
The Six Arrows
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
We took a few pictures and got a little goofy for the camera. I think we were all happy to get out of the car and make each other laugh. It's a Lenz vacation "thing."
Note Pike's Peak behind us! We just know it's snowing up there!
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Pass! Its elevation is 10,857 ft, and it is not very attractive to drive over this time of year...especially in a blizzard. Some say even summer travel on this pass can be treacherous. :)
The pass is eight miles long. It took us about half an hour! There were times we couldn't see anything at all! Every once in a while, there was an orange post or a road sign that told us we were more or less on the road. Frankly, we were surprised they hadn't closed the pass yet. Mama had the video camera out, but she kept turning it on...and then turning it off again because it was so scary!
Next up is La Vita Pass... Does it look good from here? :)
Monday, December 15, 2008
All at once, we curved around towards this ridge, and for a few minutes, it looked as if we were going drive slap up against it. The road slipped up and along the side of the rocks, and all at once, swung around and it looked like the parting of the Red Sea in stone.
We reached Glen Canyon Dam around 1:00! The dam was built in the early 1960's to control the flow of the Colorado River. The Colorado river is the lifeline for the surrounding states that are otherwise deserts. The dam controls the distribution of water over a huge area, and even helps regulate the amount water from the Colorado river that needs to flow into Mexico! It is only sixteen feet shorter than the Hoover Dam! It is located in the little town of Page was originally founded for the workers that built Glen Canyon Dam. The town now has a population of over 6,000.
And yes, that green patch at the bottom is a lawn of green grass! They maintain it to prevent wind erosion.
The views this morning were still beautiful, if a little more obscure and less extensive than yesterday. The clouds started rolling in by late morning. The temp dropped and the wind picked up later, but it was still beautiful!
The little yellow splotch of trees is Ghost Ranch, a place along the Colorado river for hikers, etc., to stay on their way through the canyon. It really is a desert down there except for a few green places where the river or a little tributary creates a small oasis. If it is around 85 degrees at the rim of the canyon, it could be well over 100 degrees at the bottom.
We were thankful to get a family picture before there was nothing to see. You can see the bank of clouds rolling in over the landscape behind us. Its hard to believe you are up around 7,000 feet elevation at the rim, but it registers when many of the cloud formations are below or around you.
Just for anyone who was wondering...
The morning sun shining through the clouds and painting alternate light the shadow on the terrain.A close up through the telescope of another set of amazing rapids. Ben said that it is four foot-ball fields long!!! It doesn't look like that in this shot, but that gives you an idea of the scale of all the other pictures we have taken...our camera won't zoom in this far even on digital zoom.
We left the last view behind us around 10:30 am.
Goodbye Grand Canyon!
Sunday, December 14, 2008
We watched the sun's setting slowly shroud the depths, gashes, and pinnacles in shadow.
From this point, we could also see the Colorado River. The Canyon is about a mile deep, so even though we could see some class eight rapids, they didn't look like much. A man who had been through them rafting said that there were ten-foot standing waves!
Aubrey snapped this picture...she was trying to get just the right shot without any really good equipment, and we thought this one turned out pretty well!