On December 29th, after our Las Vegas romp, we left through Boulder City, in direction to Kingman, passing by Lake Mead —largest reservoir in the United States— and the Hoover Dam, and right across the Mohave County in Arizona. In and out historical Route 66, finally into Flagstaff and up into the Grand Canyon National Park.
It was already dark and we were staying at Bright Angel Lodge, beautifully located right on the South Rim. My first instinct was to look at the sky. The most star studded sky I have ever seen. By far. Words cannot describe the feeling of an infinite protective ceiling hanging above. There was not a light in kilometres but the night sky was yet not dark at all, just this huge glittering mantle with seemingly no depth or holes. If it weren’t for the -10ºC outside I would’ve definitely preferred spending the night in the open. I even tried to take long exposure pictures of the sky but I started to lose feeling of my fingers. That, and noises I heard in the wild…
The Grand Canyon is contained within and managed by Grand Canyon National Park, the Hualapai Tribal Nation, and the Havasupai Tribe. It is 446 km long, up to 29 km wide and attains a depth of over 1,800 meters. Nearly two billion years of Earth’s geological history has been exposed as the Colorado River and its tributaries cut their channels through layer after layer of rock while the Colorado Plateau was uplifted. While the specific geologic processes and timing that formed the Grand Canyon are the subject of debate by geologists, recent evidence suggests that the Colorado River established its course through the canyon at least 17 million years ago.
Historic Kolb Studio
Established in 1904 by the Kolb Brothers as a photographic studio and operated by Emery Kolb until his death in 1976. Kolb is now operated as a book store and information center by the Grand Canyon association, a non-profit organisation. Proceeds go directly to Grand Canyon National Park.
The only rattlesnake I saw… luckily:
Stupidity has no limits:
At night, road to Phoenix and into de Sonoran Desert.