Lonesomes Episode 5: Grand Canyon

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Here’s how the day started. Sunrise over the San Francisco Peaks, where we were staying. And here’s our house: Morning Star.

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We’d already spent a day here, with no wifi, hence the gap in blogging and the reason why the posts are coming thick and fast. I’m trying to catch up! Here are some pictures of our first day:

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The ladder washing line (no actual washing lines in America it seems: just dryers…)

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Freddie’s juniper sticks

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Diana’s smudge sticks

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And a Mexican dinner that Freddie and Fiona rustled up from ‘bottom of the fridge’ ingredients (delicious). So, anyway, the next day we got into Betsy and drove to the south rim of the Grand Canyon. Not sure how to present this. Everyone knows of the Grand Canyon, has seen the photos, and mine don’t help any better to give an idea of the sheer scale of the place. So I’m posting a couple of sketches first: this one was in the first flush of seeing the canyon – just what was near at hand: I couldn’t cope with the entirety of the view:

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And this one which was a mapping of what I could see, later on in the day when I had calmed down a bit.

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And here is Di’s lovely painting which really catches the subtle colours: it was somewhat overcast by the time we started drawing

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So now for some photos. In two of them you can see the turquoise coloured Colorado river. A mile wide. Gives some idea of the scale.

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3 comments
  1. Terri Hogan said:

    Amazing, breathtaking, and the colour!! Beautiful drawings x

  2. Annie Gaillard said:

    The large bird in the one pic…Condor? They were extinct in the wild,DDT casualty, and only 20 pair left in captivity when they began an active breeding program. About 10 years ago they released a pair at the Grand Canyon. I imagine they are increasing in numbers now.

    • I think, though I’m not 100% sure, that it’s a turkey buzzard – maybe not quite big enough to be a condor. We saw lots of turkey buzzards on our trip, so luckily they don’t seem to be endangered, though many of the animals are (the little white foxes – the kit fox – that Freddie and Fiona were lucky enough to see outside the Aztec house, is becoming a rare sight
      ).

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