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    Posted April 19, 2014 by
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    The world's best national parks

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    Grand Canyon National Park

     

    "Who has cut a channel for the torrents of rain,
    and a way for the thunderbolt,
    to bring rain on a land where no one lives,
    on the desert, which is empty of human life,
    to satisfy the waste and desolate land,
    and to make the ground put forth grass?" (Job 38:25-27)

     

    GRANDEUR... synonymous to the Grand Canyon. A visit to the Grand Canyon National Park will leave visitors breathless and thankful to have been engulfed in such magnificence. Like other people who have enjoyed this wonder of nature, my own experience went through a quick process. I cried with delight at the first instance of seeing it. Then I was wide eyed, wanting to make sure that this experience I was going through was indeed real. Then came the desire to take one photo after another, in every angle possible and then came the urge to explore the trail.

     

    I walked through the course and always found a view more beautiful than the last one. At each point, when I told myself that it is enough, I recanted and took another look, another shot from my camera. Through it all there was a sigh of surrendering to the sublime; there was time to sit and absorb the beauty that was literally all around. Yes, there was time to pray and praise God for this grandeur.

     

    This was the Rim Trail that I took, which was part of the South Rim. Besides the view of the Grand Canyon that was on my left, there was interesting flora--trees lined the trail or hang along the cliffs. There were plenty of rocks where one could sit and meditate. There were markers along the trail which classified rocks according to their epoch. At the end of the Rim Trail I was greeted by a billboard saying "Congratulations! You have just walked a 2 billion year timeline of Grand Canyon geology." I also saw a marker in bronze dedicated to Stephen Tyng Mather(1867-1930): "He laid the foundation of the national park service, defining and establishing the policies under which its areas shall be developed and conserved unimpaired for the future generations. There will never come an end to the good that he has done."

     

    All good things must come to an end. Oh, not the Grand Canyon, but this particular experience! It broke my heart when it was time to go. It was a pity one day was not enough. Anyway, what would be enough for such a wonderful sight? The Grand Canyon lives up to its name. The Grand Canyon is Grandeur; the Grand Canyon is infinity.

     

    (photos taken on August 21, 2012)

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