So Much Fuss Over A Big Hole

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Erin Moriarty writes, About 5 years ago, when I first heard of the Grand Canyon, the first thought that came to my head was a question.

About 5 years ago, when I first heard of the Grand Canyon, the first thought that came to my head was a question. ‘Why do people make such a big deal about a big hole in the ground?’ Now, half a decade later I have answered that question. For, while you can look at pictures and read books on it, the only way to truly experience the mystery and the majesty of the Grand Canyon, is to go there. The Grand Canyon is made up of hundreds of layers. Each is a different color and in the soft morning light, the peaks and valleys seem to sparkle. However there is much more to the Grand Canyon experience than just the sights. A soft breeze plays across your face. A salty scent drifts up from the Colorado River 18 miles below. Robins, pinion jays, and other birds provide music that is sweet, charming, and suitable to this natural wonder. So how do you get to this marvel? Simply go west on I-70 from Denver, and then south on CO-133. Even though bright Angel lodge is close to the rim, doesn’t mean it’s the best place to stay. Personally, I recommend Yavapi Lodge – it’s good quality and is close to the best eatery on the park. Ironically, it’s called “The cafeteria”. That’s where you can buy anything fromdairy Queen quality ice cream to a giant cinnamon roll. As for activities you can take hikes, complete booklets,and earn awards. One programm I suggest is the junior ranger program. While most visitors come to see the Canyon itself, others come purely for the wildlife. The Grand Canyon is home to over 500 species of birds including the critically endangered California Condor. Over 1400 kinds of plants reside there, along with (believe it or not) fish that live in the river 8,000 feet below. If you want to go on a trip, but don’t know where, consider the Grand Canyon. However, don’t neglect all of the wildlife that coexists with this wonder. Three Ways to Preserve the Grand Canyon for Future Generations: 1) Don’t litter; 1 empty plastic bottle can kill ten animals each. Use the trash cans and recycle bins provided instead. 2) Pick up trash; reducing litter is always helpful, no matter where you are! 3) Learn more; learn, so that you can teach others about the Grand Canyon. We all want our kids to enjoy it too, don’t we!?