The Grand Canyon is a mile-deep gorge in northern Arizona. Scientists estimate the canyon may have formed 5 to 6 million years ago when the Colorado River began to cut a channel through layers of rock. Humans have inhabited the area in and around the canyon since the last Ice Age. The first Europeans to reach the Grand Canyon were Spanish explorers in the 1540s. President Benjamin Harris first protected the Grand Canyon in 1893 as a forest reserve, and it became an official United States National Park in 1919.

I always thougth the bayou was large, but boy oh boy, the Grand Canyon is ginormous! We started our day with a hike and it seemed like we were getting nowhere! I guess being so small in such a large place takes a long time to travel. Luckily, we were able to catch a ride with some people traveling on donkeys. This made our exploration much faster. As we got to the bottom, there were people in rafts, so we jumped on in with them! What a rush…so many bumps and turns in the water but we held tight! We grabbed hold of a hot air balloon that was headed up. The view was breath-taking. Clawdette was a bit scared of the height so she stayed in the basket bottom until they dropped us off at the rim top. To our surprise, we saw a critter that kinda looked like us! I guess in Arizona they call the scorpions and they don’t have that Southern hospitality that we do. Clawdette, Cletus Jr. and I sat on the rock’s edge and enjoyed a beautiful sunset before we had to head home.