The formation of our planet never ceases to amaze me. The Grand Canyon is just one of many examples this vast country has to offer in terms of phenomenal geological structures. Photos do not justify its magnitude. To think that millions of years ago it was all basically one level, and that erosion and the Colorado River has caused this spectacular structure.
The drive through the barren environment is filled with incredible landscapes, colours and layers that have been so twisted due to tectonic movement. (I remembered why I so loved teaching Geography many moons ago!)
We came across Antelope Canyon, totally unassuming on the surface, yet a simply stunning myriad of canyons and colours below. The boys had a fabulous time exploring and finding shapes in the rock formations. This is such a harsh environment, scorching hot and dry in the summer and freezing in the winter. We learnt a lot about Indian culture, as this area is all owned by the Navajo. Interesting to see that the same issues Indigenous cultures experience in Australia are very much prevalent here.
We continued on through Monument Valley which straddles Arizona and Utah. Everywhere you look spectacular sights. The alluring snow-capped mountains are in our sights. Boys cannot wait to be playing in the snow. I don’t think they realise it will be pretty much a white landscape between here and the east coast.
On to Aspen we go. I am just a weeny bit excited!!
(Part 4 of 25)
About Conversations from Afar
This series follows the journey of Anita, Orren and their two boys Byron and Myles, who left Australia in November 2014 to experience life in different parts of the world. They made their way to America where they discovered incredible places, met wonderful people, and put down roots for a six-month stint working in a totally different job. They ventured to Costa Rica, Egypt, England, Scotland, Italy, Germany and France and made so many memories along the way.
Each week we publish a new conversation. Follow their journey.