The Granddaddy of them all

It’s been a few days since I left you at Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah. Travel now with us into Arizona. I’m confident that you will recognize the view behind me…

The Watchtower

The stones for this watchtower were hand-picked almost entirely by the designer & architect,  Mary Elizabeth Jane Colter. She was very particular about how each stone should be placed. That might be putting it nicely… you can read more about it here.

This tower was constructed in 1932 as a replica of a prehistoric Indian tower like those that have been found in other locations. It is 70 feet (21 meters) tall and the interior tower walls feature murals by Hopi artist Fred Kabotie.

SnakeMaster was pleased to find one mural in particular…

The wind was wickedly cold up on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. It was definitely not summertime!

We had originally planned on visiting the North Rim. SuperDad and I had hiked there with a backcountry permit 22 years ago, so I was ready to revisit some fond memories and vistas, but the road into the North Rim isn’t open until mid-May! I suppose in some years it takes that long for the snow to melt away.

It was a little warmer when we hiked down to a few other vista points along the South Rim. Here we found a good view of the Colorado River and the Hance Rapid below. (There are over 100 major rapids on the Colorado River, and this particular one is nearly one mile long with a total vertical drop of 30 feet!)

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