February 27, 2015

Grand Canyon

An untraditional view of the Grand Canyon as we saw it in March 2010.
Most of the day was filled with wet, heavy snow falling.  Between the heavy snow and the fog, it was almost impossible to see anything of the Canyon below.  Finally in late afternoon the skies began to clear and we could get a glimpse of the Grand Canyon.

As Theodore Roosevelt said in 1903, viewing the Canyon for the first time, "The Grand Canyon fills me with awe. It is beyond comparison ... beyond description; absolutely unparalleled throughout the wide world. ... Let this great wonder of nature remain as it now is. Do nothing to mar its grandeur, sublimit, and loveliness. You cannot improve on it. But what you can do is to keep it for your children, your children's children, and all who come after you, as the one great sight every American should see."

On this date in 1919, after 30 years of opposition from ranchers, miners, and entrepeneurs, the Grand Canyon National Park was established.  Today it covers more than 1900 square miles and receives more than 5 million visitors ever year.

Today's Lenten reflection:  What great beauty would you like to preserve for your children and grandchildren?