Field Study – Part 4

Hello Friends!

Compared to the previous days hike down the Grand Canyon, part 4’s adventure was a cake walk…or a float down a lazy river. Sorry, I had to. We headed from the Grand Canyon over to Page, Arizona for Glen Canyon Horseshoe Bend and a float down the Colorado River.

Horseshoe Bend is another one of those crazy beautiful natural landmarks that you just have to see. The Colorado River makes its most drastic bend, 270º degrees, in the shape of (you guessed it) a Horseshoe. Carving through Navajo Sandstone, it’s amazing to think how powerful nature really is. 

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Luckily we didn’t have to climb down any more canyons this day, and instead took a bus down to the river below. Here is an excerpt from my journal entitled ‘Rafting the Colorado River’: “I’ve never rafted before, and honestly the idea of it kind of scares me, but this was more of a chill float, which was really cool. Literally. The water was pretty cold (47º), and the breeze and spray makes you forget that you’re in Arizona. It was so great to relax after yesterday’s intense hike, and the fact that we got stuck and had to radio to another boat for help, makes it…memorable.”

It’s amazing to think what it must have looked like hundreds of years ago, and time is such a crazy concept in itself. We stopped at Petro Island along the Colorado River and saw petroglyphs carved into the stone. They looked like something that someone might draw today, which really surprised me. I’m not sure why I figured that they would have drawn differently back then, but it makes sense that their carvings of rams looked just like, well, rams. 

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Just like that, we headed on out to our next destination. There is so much history around us and it passes by so quickly. In another couple years, or a couple hundred years, the Colorado River will continue to wear through the canyon, and it will look totally different. Who knows what could happen tomorrow? I just like to remember that even something as sturdy as stone can be worn away and changed with persistence by something as ‘gentle’ as water. 

Until Next Time,

Nikki.

 

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