The Grand Canyon: Celebrating 100 Years

I have journeyed into the Grand Canyon several times over the years: on foot, by raft, and by helicopter. The first was by mule in the late 60s. That’s me, second from the top on Charlie. I was sore for a week afterwards. I was a pound over the weight limit, so Charlie kept trying to bite me, plus walk as close to the edge as he could!

The Grand Canyon is truly one of the world’s great natural wonders. It’s celebrating its 100th Anniversary this year and I am quite pleased— and a little proud— that I have been returning there on a regular basis for 50 of those years. I’ve posted on my trips into the Canyon by foot and boat many times. Today, since I am still working on Burning Man photos and don’t have another Pacific Crest Trail post ready yet, I decided to reach back into my WordPress archives and put up some Grand Canyon photos. Happy 100th Grand Canyon!

Sunsets in the Canyon are always spectacular, whether you are on the outside looking in or the inside looking out. This was from an 18 day rafting trip Peggy and I took down the Colorado River with a group of friends.
Peggy and I are sitting above the Colorado River near an ancient Native American site.
Sunset at Zoroaster Campsite on the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon. (Photo by Don Green.)
You don’t have to hike or backpack, or raft, or fly, or ride grouchy mules to enjoy the beauty of the Canyon. You can drive up, and enjoy numerous pull-offs that give you incredible views.
The mouth of Havasu Creek is a common stop for rafters in the Grand Canyon. Our rafts look small beside the large tour boat. Our trip was based on a lottery that I won for an 18-day private trip on the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. Fortunately, I have friends with the expertise necessary to raft the Canyon.
While a veteran crew of boatmen handled the more dangerous parts of our 18 day journey through the Grand Canyon, I was allowed near oars on some of the tamer sections.
A morning view from out tent.. One of the fascinating things about the Grand Canyon is how it changes in the light.
Numerous side trips away from the river provided opportunities to explore other parts of the Canyon.
We were treated to views like this.
Waterfalls along Deer Creek.
This was a delightful waterfall, but I didn’t realize we were expected to jump off!
Jamie Wilson demonstrates.
This huge cavern is found along the river and is known as Redwall Cavern.
Another river view.
Looking up the Little Colorado River just above where it flows into the Colorado River. Note the water color and the mineral deposits.
With Steve at the oars, Peggy and I enter the infamous Lava Falls on the Colorado River, a perfect ten… that’s 10 as in rapids don’t get any more serious. There was a point where we disappeared under the water. (Photo by Don Green)
Bone, of course, went along on the raft trip and had his own life vest. Here, he decided that it was time for a photo op on the edge of a Sotar Raft.
Here he enjoys a perch on top of a barrel cactus. Don’t try this at home, kids. Or anywhere else.
Peggy stands next to Deer Creek Falls, a short walk from the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon.
I’ll conclude with a final sunset view from one of our campsites.

NEXT POST: Either on Burning Man or the Pacific Crest Trail. Depends on what I get done. (grin)

53 thoughts on “The Grand Canyon: Celebrating 100 Years

    • It was a great experience. I enjoyed it, but still prefer backpacking into the Canyon, Cindy. I have to think that it would be great to give kids the experience of rafting through the Canyon. –Curt

    • For all of my travels in the Southwest, I’ve yet to make it to Monument Valley, the setting for lots of Westerns! Peggy and I plan to remedy that in May. Our son Tony flew Peggy and I into the Havasupai section of the Grand Canyon in a helicopter when he was flying for a tour company between his jobs with the Marines and the Coast Guard. He put on the theme from Star Wars and swooped in! –Curt

  1. Awesome!!! We have not been there; I guess that we should. About rafting there, I have read in an old western book written by Zane Grey. The name of book, I have forgotten.

    Once more praising Your post – gorgeous trip and terrific photos. Matti

  2. This place is so vast and so full of wonders, you can never see them all. How beautiful (I do understand those hooded transport can take exception to their passenger freight and enjoy walking waaaay too close to the edge.)
    done a lot of walking around there, but helicopter and mule are still on the to do list.Love the pix and fun

    • I swear, Phil, Charlie the mule would swing his feet out over the abyss! Walking, for me, s the best way to see the canyon. But driving, mules, boats and helicopters do provide a different perspective. All beautiful. Thanks. –Curt

  3. Wait — what? I was sure the canyon was more than a hundred years old! I’ve never been there, but every time I see your photos, the old urges to go stir afresh. At this point, it probably won’t ever happen, but it’s wonderful that you’ve been able to experience it in so many different ways.

    • The Canyon has been hanging out there for a while. (grin) Ever since the Colorado plateau started rising. And some of the rocks uncovered go back over a billion years. But, Linda, without the National Park, much of its beauty would now be covered by water backed up by dams! And why not go there? Just extend one of your road trips by a week or so… 🙂 –Curt

  4. You’ve certainly managed more than your share of great adventures. What a great way to celebrate or commemorate Grand Canyon’s 100th! May it forever stay Grand! 😀

  5. Curt as we have previously chatted about our rafting trips in the Canyon. Still at the top handful of my life experiences. So many of your photos took me right back to those locations. I almost didn’t jump off that waterfall but so glad I did.. and loved to tell about it.

    • Not surprising that the photos are familiar, Sue. The guides all seem to follow a similar routine as to where they stop and the adventures they offer, which isn’t surprising. I, too, jumped off although I and not big on jumping off things into water. 🙂 –Curt

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