“And he bought fine linen, and took him down, and wrapped him in the linen, and laid him in a sepulchre which was hewn out of a rock, and rolled a stone unto the door of the sepulchre.”
—Mark 15:46 KJV
“And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”
—Joshua 24:15 KJV
How many shades of red can you imagine? Vermilion Cliffs National Monument makes a colorful side trip to the iconic photo destination of the Colorado River’s Horseshoe Bend in Glen Canyon National Recreational Area. The cliffs are a composite of silt and desert dunes, hardened with minerals such as iron oxide and manganese.
Travelling along Arizona Highway 89A, we drove across Lees Ferry via the Navajo Bridge (re-built in 1995). As the cliffs shone golden red along the highway, we searched for House Rock Road that leads to sites such as The Wave and Buckskin Gulch.
As we started along the icy, snow-crunched road in our Subaru Ascent, another group on foot told us they were returning to arrange a car tow. Also discovering a permit is required to explore these areas, we shelved our wanderings for warmer days when all we’d worry about is flash floods and sand.
Once again along Highway 89A, we stopped to explore a stacked-rock house and photograph the expansive views.
Arizona Highway 89A winds its way through Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, following the ancient paths of the Ansanzi, Paiute and Navajo.
In the early 1900s, car trouble in this area held a silver lining for Blanche Russell, as she later purchased property here and built this house.
Front door to Russell’s house.
Stacked-rock walls. Is the far side a door or a window?
Back side of Russell’s home, with chimney stack.
Another method of building, if trees could be found.
Memories of a journey to Grand Canyon National Park include:
Watching a sunrise at Mather Point.
Discovering a “water bottle filling station” near Verkamp’s Visitor Center that provided water from Roaring Springs, the park’s approved water supply. These water stations are located throughout the park.
Viewing sections of Bright Angel Trail, Indian Gardens and Phantom Ranch from the South Rim Trail.
Driving “through the clouds” on adventure afield to Vermilion Cliffs National Monument and Horseshoe Bend (Glen Canyon National Recreational Area). We experienced fog, rain, sleet, wind, sunshine and rainbows as we drove through the cliffs and canyons of northern Arizona.
Climbing a small mesa at Horseshoe Bend for a unique viewpoint of Glen Canyon and the Colorado River.
Viewing various artist renderings of the Grand Canyon in Kolb Studio and Lookout Studio.
Exploring Hopi House and its Native American architecture.
Watching (carefully, from a distance) Grand Canyon elk families munch grasses and shrubs along the South Rim Trail.
Discovering the Historic Village Livery where the Grand Canyon pack mules await their next trail ride.
El Tovar Hotel, designed by Charles Whittlesey, opened in 1905 and is one of the many National Historic Landmarks at Grand Canyon National Park. Entrance doors are located underneath the overhead porch lights in the photo.
This moose now guards an entrance to the El Tovar Hotel Gift Shop.
In the late 1800s, Fred Harvey opened several restaurants and hotels along the Santa Fe Railroad from Kansas to California. These soon became famous for their food and service.
Canyon colors greet visitors of Bright Angel Lodge, designed by Mary Colter, a chief architect for the Fred Harvey Company.
The Hopi House, designed by Mary Colter, is a typical pueblo structure used by the Hopi Indians of Old Oraibi, a local village that dates to 900 AD.
The Hopi House Gift Shop sells Native American arts and crafts.
An original door leads to the second floor inside the Hopi House, opened in 1905.
Mary Colter designed Lookout Studio to follow the contours of the South Rim.
Lookout Studio provides stunning views of the Grand Canyon.
These mules are famous for taking riders along Bright Angel Trail to Phantom Ranch at the bottom of the Grand Canyon. Photo by Martin Rogers, 1992.
Skipping stones helped Montana decide whether to cross the flooded Great Miami.
“Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied.”
—1 Samuel 17:45 KJV
“It came even to pass, as the trumpeters and singers were as one, to make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the Lord; and when they lifted up their voice with the trumpets and cymbals and instruments of musick, and praised the Lord, saying, For he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever: that then the house was filled with a cloud, even the house of the Lord;
So that the priests could not stand to minister by reason of the cloud: for the glory of the Lord had filled the house of God.”
—2 Chronicles 5:13, 14 KJV
“And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.”
—Revelation 21:4 KJV