Hunter and Sagar's Journal​
This is just a very small piece of the Grand Canyon taken from the rim.
Grand Canyon
4/22/10 Today we took a seven hour bus ride to go on the south Kaibab rim trail. When we got there it was snowing and very windy. Then we started to walk After a few minutes of walking we saw huge limestone rock with fossils in it. While walking we spotted a juniper tree that some native people believe that the berry cleanses and gets rid of evil spirits. While walking we saw a family of elk feeding on the vegetation. We were fortunate to have a great tour guide who pointed out the Mormon tea plant. The native people use the stem of the plant to make tea. Before getting back on the bus, we went to the memorial for the 1869 and 1872 expedition of the grand Canyon.

The Juniper tree

Two elk eating

DSC00274.JPG The Mormon Tea Plant

The memorial of the 1869 and 1872 expedition

River Trip on the Colorado River
When we got to the dam, we took a 2 mile tunnel down to the base of the Glen Canyon, where we boarded a boat. Then we took a 16 mile trip down the Colorado River in the Glen Canyon. The Glen Canyon and the Grand Canyon are divided by the dam. The location was nice, because it was close to our hotel. It was also very cold and windy. On some of the wall there was Desert Varnish (blue covering,) and the darker the older it is. Also one of the many fish in the river is rainbow trout. Another thin is the most common bird is the Blue Herron. On some areas of the walls you can find drawings by ancient Native Americans. The walls of the Glen Canyon range from 700 ft to 1400 ft.

Glen Canyon Dam

Desert Varnish

Native American Drawings

Native American Drawings

Native American Drawing

Wupatki National Monument

Wupatki National Monument was very windy and cold and there was a lot of grey (volcanic ash) and brown (monument.) The location was quite far from our hotel, but on the way there we stopped at look out points for other things. We walked around the remains of the monument and talked about different areas of the monument. There were more than one group of Native Americans that use to live in the same place there. The soil is rich there, because of the volcanic ash and the monument or building was built on a hill, which may have been used as a vantage point to look out. The Anasazi and Sinagua Indians were two of the main tribes living there many years ago. In the monument there are is a circle with places to sit, believed to have been an amphitheatre for the head of tribes to meet.

Wupatki National Monument


Sunset Crater
The last place we vistied was Sunset Crater. This is a volcano that we it erupted, it indented into the volcano making it look like a carter. The ground has ash all over the mountain from when the volcano erupted. The place has lava tube, caves and lava rock near the mountain. After walking on the path we went off trail and saw a bowl made when lava hit the ground. We also saw caves and the volcano. This place was amazing but we didn't get to go all the way to the top. Also one of the lava tubes had big chuncks of ice in it.