Grand Canyon Hiking Tips

Is the sunrise worth getting up so early for?

The sunrises at the Grand Canyon are almost indescribable. There is a peace this settles into the canyon during the night. A time for her to rest. A time to enjoy the cooler air. A time for quiet. The quest for food between predator and prey continues but at a more subdued pace. Then, as the veil of night starts to rise in the canyon, she slowly flutters her eyes open to a new day, and a renewal occurs. Everything is clean and fresh. Now there is a yesterday. But the new day remembers nothing from yesterday. It is a “do-over” time. No mistakes, oversights, or misgivings are part of the new day. It is a time to begin again. On the western horizon a horizontal line crosses over the canyon….it is where night meets day.   The canyon is a strong, hard lady and a tough task master. But she enfolds each day with renewal, beauty and hope.

Finding Joy

About the Author

Joy Grand Canyon

Joy taught environmental sciences at Southern Vermont College and became active in outdoor land use.  Joy now lives ‘off-the-grid’ near the Grand Canyon on an acreage with solar power, and hauls water for her own needs and for her struggling raised-bed desert garden, dogs, cat, chickens, and Garrett-the-goose. Joy has rafted the Colorado River from Moab to Lake Mead, hiked many of the trails, and stayed at Phantom Ranch several times either by hiking or by mule.  Learning and reading is her passion, and she is constantly learning more about the Grand Canyon.

Joy is well traveled but never found a place that was more well suited for her than the Grand Canyon.  This is her home.  Stop in the Grand Canyon Visitor Center and allow her to share her home with you.

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