This is Bay, Shelby and Ally's photo journal!(:

The Grand Canyon hike around the South Rim -
Environmental, Geological and Historical Facts:

§ 1,500 feet tall at the highest point
§ 277 miles long
§ 5,000 feet deep
§ South Rim and North Rim are 10 miles apart
§ 42 layers of rock
§ Hosts five of the seven life zones
§ Over 400 different bird species
§ Canyon began forming six million years ago, when the erosion of the Colorado River began
Description of what we did:
We had a hike filled with interesting facts and amazing sites. We walked around the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, on the Kaibab Trail. At one point in the hike, we got to go down deeper into the canyon and look over a railing, into the canyon. Too bad it was snowing, everything was just a blur. There, we were supposed to look at the Colorado River.
Description of the place:
The Canyon was beautiful, humongous, deep, and has a lot of historical features and plant life. The rocks are a rustic color, with the Colorado River flowing through it. The hiking trail was skinny, and we had to stay in a single file line. Although it might have been cold, around the corner was another beautiful feature.
Our thoughts:
We had a great time on the hike, we enjoyed it a lot. We learned many interesting facts. This is something we would definitely do again on our own time.

This is an overlook into the Grand Canyon. Since it was snowing...the clouds are blocking the view.

Another overlook of the magnificant canyon. You can actually see the bottom!

Colorado River Trip -
Environmental, Geological and Historical Facts:
  • The Colorado River is one of the most threatend in the world.
  • 75 percent of the Colorado River comes from snow pack in the mountains
  • CO River is 14,00 miles
  • in parts of it, it is 5 - 100 feet deep
  • 300 feet wide
  • Species of Tamaris planted along the river
  • In 1869, John Wesley Powell led an expedition on the CO River to search for the unknown
Description of what we did:
We started out going through a tunnel on a bus, to get to the bottom of Glenn Canyon Dam. When we arrived there, we walked down a catwalk and loaded the boats. Our tour guides name was Clay. We then took a three hour boat ride on the River. Clay taught us many interesting facts about the canyon, plus the river. At the end, we even got to do cookies!(:
Description of the place:
At the time we went, it was very peaceful and we only hit a few small rapids. Not being as cold as we thought, we got to touch the clear water. SOme of us even got soaked. The Canyon wlls were very high up. WE got to see what they call a "Lady on a Swing" and "Pacman." The sand that we walked on to see the petroglyphs made by the Native Americans who lived there long ago.
Our thoughts:
We had a great experience on the boat ride. WE saw very many interesting birds and plant life. We got to have lots of fun, while still being educated. The trip was definitely worth it. The river was gorgeous and we got a great view of what it looks like down in the canyon.
This is the Colorado River that we took the boat trip on!


Wupatki National Monument -
Environmental, Geological and Historical Facts:
  • Made in the 1100's (900 years old)
  • Almost 2,000 people lived there at once
  • Sacred for Natives
  • Had over 100 rooms, and they were endorsed
  • Native's used kivas
  • Played sports
  • Made houses out of stone and clay
  • Not a lot of wildlife
Description of what we did:
We went on a trail hike, visiting the old homes of native people. We saw the house that used to have over 100 rooms. We also saw the kivas that the Native's had built. There was an area that geologist's think was a soccer fielod, but also a trading post. We went inside of a room, that used to be the waste room. As we left, we got to learn more interesting facts from visiting the gift shop.
Description of the place:
While we were there, it wsa freezing outside. The wind was blowing furiously. The house and kivas were all made of the same materials, stone and clay. They were a rustic brown color. Around it, there was few wildlife and desert went on for miles. It was a great place for Native's to build homes.
Our thoughts:
We felt that this place was very educatiuonal and gave us a good understanding of how the Native's used to live. The houses and kiva's we saw were magnificant. We never knew the Native's could build such amazing buildings. It was very fun learning about this and we had a lot of fun.

This is an overlook of the Wupatki home with 100 rooms.

Sunset Crater -
Environmental, Geological and Historical Facts:
  • Two types of lava: Pahoehoe and Ah-Ah
  • Poderosa pine smells sweet, like vanilla
  • When the volcano erupted, it wiped out 5,000 miles radius
  • 16,000 feet before eruption, now only 8,000 feet
  • Erupted 1,000 years ago
  • Superman's home
Description of what we did:
We took a one mile hike around the base of the volcano. We saw many volcanic ash that turned into molten rock. We also saw a lot of Ponderosa tree's and burned trees. While hiking around the volcano, we had to watch our step because a lot of rocks surrounded the area. Our tour guide was Liz, from the bus, who taught us many facts along the way.
Description of the place:
The volcano was humongous. It was also very rocky. There was a lot of hills that you had to go up and down. The volcano was black, with a lot of Ponderosa tree's growing on it. It also had many other wildlife and features to see.
Our thoughts:
We thought that this was a joy to experience. We have never visited a volcano, only learned many facts about them in science. While visiting Sunset Crater it made it so we had a better understanding of volcanoes and how they function. I would enjoy to go on this hike again, just to have another experience.
Side view of Sunset Crater
Another side view of Sunset Crater!