Today’s weather is generally unpleasant, in my view. It is windy and chilly. I don’t like being outdoors when the wind is blowing so I didn’t do much. The fire danger has been extreme since we’ve been here because it has been windy and dry. This area receives only an average of 15 inches of precipitation a year.
This morning I went to the Post Office to mail a card and then went to the Shrine of the Ages building to attend a church service. A visiting minister, a Navajo from Prescott, Arizona, delivered the sermon. At least one other church service was being held in the building at the same time.
When I returned home, I ate some leftovers from last night’s dinner. Then I hooked Sweet Pea up to Daisy and emptied my holding tank so I’ll have fewer chores to do in the morning.
I have enjoyed this visit to Grand Canyon. It had been many years since my first visit so I had forgotten a few things about it. It is an average of ten miles wide and nearly one mile deep. Because of the 5,000-foot elevation difference between the rim and the Colorado River, temperature differences can be extreme. If the summertime temperature on the rim is in the 70- to 80-degree range, it will be 110 degrees or higher! Since the creation of Glen Canyon Dam in 1964, the flow of the Colorado River in Grand Canyon has been diminished. Thus, the rate of erosion has decreased.
Grand Canyon was established as a forest reserve by President Benjamin Harrison in 1893 and later set aside as a national monument by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1908. It received official national park status on February 25, 1919. The Grand Canyon Enlargement Act of 1975 established the current boundaries. More than four million people visit the Canyon each year. Free shuttle buses will take visitors just about anywhere they wish to go on the South Rim. They use clean-burning compressed or liquefied natural gas. (www.nps.gov/grca/)