The grandest of them all !

Faced with this choice maze on commencing sharing of the things we saw, the food we ate, the conversations that we had and such else, some logic had to get applied to get the first topic out.

So it was, and this post is about the Grand Canyon ! Imposing.Colourful. Instilling pride in people . Yet, so close to nature. Most importantly something thats stood around for millions of years.

Here is an attempt at perspective building : Imagine building a road that is TWICE the distance of Mumbai – Pune ( which would be a four + hour drive in sane speeds and simple cars). Quickly imagine ensuring that the road is 30 kilometers wide. Yes. 30 full kilometers wide. Even before that can settle down, think of digging the ground 6000 feet to make this road !

That’s the size of the Grand Canyon. 446 kilometers long. 30 Kilometers wide. 6000 feet deep ! All engineered by mother nature’s masterstrokes. One amongst them being the Colorado river whose continuous flow is said to have created this art in the mountain with corrosion as a tool!

Logical that the posts commence with the Grand Canyon. Isnt it !?!

As we stood on the west rim of the Grand Canyon and looked at the myriad shades of crimson on a series of walls that seemed to extend forever and beyond, greed announced its arrival with a desire to take a closer look. Perhaps touch the sands of the Colorodo river? At a depth of 6000 feet?

America singularly stands out for being a land of choice. If a desire is implanted in the mind accompanied with a wherewithal to act on it, there is always a way to make it happen! At a cost. Ofcourse !

In what can be called a truly Californian moment of budgetary rashness, wringing the last dime in the wallet dry, we chose to have an unplanned helicopter ride.

The ride operators promised to fly us from the western rim of the Canyon, all the way down to base where the Colorodo river runs its meandering course. Plus, take a boat ride in the river! The allure to see the work of mother nature over time, was simply irresistible. We signed up at a speed that could have blinded Lewis Hamilton.

Every wring of the wallet was worth it. The rock pattern dramatically changes colour every few feet the chopper drops, like a synchronous seamless background screen change in a show. At the end of what seemed like an unlikely landing point, the chopper landed and we were face to face with the Colorado

The boat ride in the meandering river showed much of the continuous work at beauty by corrosion! As the June Sun showered his unmerciful rays with a protracted wistfulness, beads of sweat showed up on tanned foreheads, copious sun tan lotions notwithstanding. All of it compensated by a gluttonous feast for the eye and a strange peace in the heart !

The big eagle !

To think of the Grand Canyon a month later, still evokes the same feeling. Of an exceedingly fetching view with a history that can really show what ‘long long ago’ could mean !

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12 thoughts on “The grandest of them all !

  1. Wonderful post !

    And the perspective was so interesting. But I guess the Colorado river has a method even in its effort at willful wild erosion, that defined the Canyon. (That’s where the comparison with Mumbai_Pune expressway ends. Whatever method is there, we dont follow any rules. )

    And I hadn’t seen the eagle before. Totally amazing !

  2. Fabulous pictures, Kavi! ‘Grand’ indeed!

  3. Jeevan says:

    Wow! It stands up more in its name Grand. I could understand what awesome feeling it must brought into yours. Excellent capture and wonderful detail on yet simply how magnificent the Canyon was. Grand! Hope u enjoyed a lot the rides.

  4. nsiyer says:

    Great description. Amazing pics.

  5. Insignia says:

    GC – the Great Grand Canyon. You realize how trivial you are in front of mother nature. You realize that your anger, pride are all so stupid and you stand humbled.

    No words can explain the power of nature – rocks millions of years old, those striations, the Colorado river flowing by deep down….

    You are lucky Kavi 🙂

  6. aativas says:

    Nature’s magic is everywhere . one has to see it humbly 🙂

  7. Mr Ration says:

    isnt it amazing that the best things are still for free? enjoy your journey nomad.

  8. SG says:

    Beautiful pictures! Happy travel memories are resurfacing in my mind. Yeah! Even I took a helicopter ride to the bottom of the Canyon. I did that from Vegas though, and it was my second visit to the Grand Canyon in a matter of a few days. It cost me around $250 from Vegas (can’t remember the exact amount), but well, some experiences are just priceless!

  9. Priya says:

    Haven’t visited yet. Nice pictures and they are totally amazing and you feel it when you see it.

  10. Ankit says:

    Hi Kavi,

    Looks like – you are enjoying USA. Nice post.

    If GC was in India, there would have been some interesting GOD stories for its unique shape/existence and of course also for the Colorado river.

    Americans – they lack that skill of finding GOD in unique places 😉


  11. Aleta says:

    This post had me smiling from beginning to end. I love the Grand Canyon. I went there with my parents and brother over 10 years ago. I remember thinking, “This would be such a romantic place to share with that someone special.” (I was divorced at the time.)

    Greg and I plan on going to the Grand Canyon sometime late this year and I can’t wait!

    Thanks for sharing the beautiful pictures!

  12. radha says:

    Lovely pictures. The pinch in the pocket was definitely worth it.

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