Three short days is just not enough to see all there is to see in the Grand Canyon,
so to give us an opportunity to glimpse a bit more, the hubby surprised us with a helicopter ride on our last day.
Moving away from the pinon pines (did you know they are the source of pine nuts?) and catching our first glimpse of the canyon from above was one of those ahhhhhh! moments.
From the air we could see the differences between the south and north rims.
The south rim is craggy, rich with color
while because of its higher elevation and more rainfall, the north rim is greener with thick stands of pine trees.
We could see clearly the Colorado River snaking between the two rims, and this day parts of it were a beautiful turquoise, a color most visible this time of the year.
With feet back on the ground, it was time to leave the canyon behind, but there was one more final look on the way out.
This lovely observation tower designed by Mary Colter provided the perfect vantage point from which to say our goodbyes.
Who knows whether or not I will ever see the Grand Canyon again, but if I don’t once was beautiful evidence of God’s masterpieces.
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