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~ THE GRAND CANYON ~
 


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Transept Canyon - is only steps away from the west end of the North Rim Campground. The logical first hike, is the Transcept Trail that follows the east rim of the Transcept for just 1.5 miles to the North Rim Lodge. This photo is from the trail and looks straight south. The red cliff is on the far side of Transcept Canyon. The large blue features in the left-center of the picture mark the far side of Bright Angel Canyon.
Taken 05/11/2004 S/N 021

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Bright Angel Point is a pleasant walk from the lodge, on a handicap-accessible trail. Bright Angel Canyon is directly below. It's a good place to get a north rim perspective. Toward the left in this view, a section of the Walhalla Plateau is visible, bedecked by the lush Kaibab Forest.
Taken 05/11/2004 S/N 022

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Vista Encantada - is the first view point after heading south on the Cape Royal Road.   This pleasant, relaxing and vastly beautiful place requires only gazing. But a double take is called.   Mount Brady here seems to be the "double" for Mount Hayden, which is north from here at Point Imperial.   From its shape to its tangerine mantle, even to its cupola, I'm caused to ponder a genetic connection between certain mountains.   My scant understanding of geology offers that similar layers defined by geologic periods indeed can cause such relations.
Taken 05/12/2004 S/N 023

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Wahalla Overlook
Here we can see a distinct path down to the Colorado River, about a mile down and 5 miles away. The site down there is on Unkar Creek delta where it contributes to the Colorado River. Archaeologists working on the delta and here on the plateau think that a tribe of puebloan ancestors used the creek as a path, perhaps annually moving between these sites.   Summers up and winters down would provide very nice climate control.
Taken 05/12/2004 S/N 024

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Window Rock
This picture needs no words.   We came upon this unique place as we walked on the trail from the parking lot to the tip of Cape Royal.   The snow covered mountain is 12,600 ft high Humphreys Peak 60 miles SSE.
Taken 05/12/2004 S/N 025

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On Top of Window Rock
The is yet another wonderful spot to view a large portion of the Grand Canyon and surrounding area.
05/12/2004 S/N 026

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Vishnu Temple -
is a large symmetrical formation just off the south edge of Cape Royal. Clarence Dutton, the man who, in the 1880's began naming many of these features, had an interest in Eastern philosophies. He saw a resemblance between these forms and Chinese and Japanese temples. This method of assigning these names was called "heroic nomenclature." The practice continued long after Dutton's time.
Taken 05/12/2004 S/N 027

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Cape Royal -
is at the south end of the Walhalla Plateau.   The Cape Royal viewpoint is reached by walking a 0.3-mile handicap-accessible trail.   At trail's end a panorama of more than 180-degrees puts you virtually at the center of the entire Grand Canyon.   This photograph faces west by southwest.
05/12/2004 S/N 028

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Mule Deer -
rest undesturbed by hikers on the Transcept Canyon Trail.   Apparently they have learned that humans here will not harm them. Their long ears reveal why they are called mule deer.
05/11/2004 S/N 029

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North Rim Lodge -
Features accommodations including cabins, a first class dining room, a gift shop,a comfortable, glassed-in canyon viewing room and an information desk.
05/11/2004 S/N 029

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