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Chapter 1 Honeymoon Chariot 1. Only in much later years did we learn that Peach Springs had been the place from which, in the 1880s and 90s, hardy travelers had left the railroad and ridden that 20 miles by horse or stage to view Grand Canyon’s lower reaches. We were […]


There are individuals whose adventures with the Grand Canyon have encompassed a greater time span — as well as a greater space span — than is the case with either of us. But no two persons — no married couple, we believe, have through the years had a greater love […]


Foreword During one of my regular geology programs as an interpretive ranger at Grand Canyon National Park, I asked the visitors who had gathered around me on the Canyon’s South Rim, “How many of you have been personally acquainted with the Grand Canyon for at least ten years?” Half a […]

Grand Canyon Love Story chapter forty

XLA Two Billionth Birthday Party! 1990 1990The year 1990 will be a time of wonder and awe, when the visitors to Grand Canyon who penetrate to its depths — either physically or visually — will see the Vishnu schist of that magnificent granite gorge preparing to enter into its third […]

Grand Canyon Love Story chapter thirty-nine

XXXIXLife Begins at 80 1984Turning four score is an adventure; it needs special celebration. What better way than to spend a week of reminiscence and review surrounded by the scenes and challenges which have helped through the years to keep us physically fit, as well as mentally alert, aesthetically responsive, […]

Grand Canyon Love Story chapter thrity-seven

XXXVIIGrand Canyon Is a Weather Bowl 1983Old-timers, wanting to prophesy Grand Canyon’s weather, would survey the sky, or consult an almanac, or listen to the bay of coyotes. Now, a hiker preparing for his backpack journey into the Canyon, simply dials 638-2245. (From out of state one precedes those numbers […]

Grand Canyon Love Story chapter thirty-six

XXXVIReturn to North Rim 1983Three almost completely different meanings are wrapped up in the first word of the Grand Canyon’s title. “Grand,” according to Webster, means: 1. Marked by great magnificence. Fine or imposing in appearance.2. Having higher rank or more dignity than others having the same general designation.3. Of […]