July 29, 2014

Grand Canyon Thunderstorm

I visited the North Rim of the Grand Canyon for my birthday. Thunderstorms prevented any extended hiking...or viewing at the rim for that matter, but I did manage to squeeze in a quick peek at Cape Royal on the Walhalla Plateau between storms. This quote from geologist Clarence Dutton (who explored the region in the late 1800s) pretty much sums it up:
In all the vast space beneath and around us there is very little upon which the mind can linger restfully. It is completely filled with objects of gigantic size and amazing form ... everything is superlative, transcending the power of the intelligence to comprehend it. Dimension means nothing to the senses and all we are left with is a troubled sense of immensity.