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Thursday, September 25, 2008

Thursday, September 25

Rick Morgan

Vermillion Cliffs

We got up early to see the sunrise over the Grand Canyon. The North Rim is much less commercial and crowded then the South Rim. It was a very peaceful and enjoyable morning as we walked out to Angel Point and watched the sun paint the canyon cliffs.

Most of our drive to Page was along Vermillion Cliffs National Monument. It is hard to describe the beauty of this drive - it truly was spectacular (that word again). We stopped at "Cliff Dwellers" - stone homes build under large boulders. We also stopped at Lee's Ferry. This was the early rout across the Colorado River - today it is where most of the raft trips down the Grand Canyon start.

On the "pass" into Page we were delayed by what we thought was road construction. As it turned out it was a fatal car - motorcycle accident. Nothing like watching, the EMTs have to place someone in a body bag to remind you of just how precious life is and how fast it can end.

On a lighter note, we are now in the Wahweap Campground on the shore of Lake Powell. Today has been another feast for the senses - we cannot wait to see what tomorrow will bring.