August 7, 2012 |
GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. — Who hasn't peered into this brain-bending abyss and failed to conceptualize 6 million years of stream erosion through a vertical mile of primordial rock? "I'm sorry, but there's no way a river did that," huffs a voice among this evening's mesmerized herd of South Rim-at-sunset gawkers. The voice belongs to my buddy Mark Segal, 40, a food service account manager from Long Beach. Or maybe it's my other friend Vic Leyson, 34, a business manager from Studio City.
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August 5, 2012 |
In the spring of 1869, a geology professor who had lost an arm to a musket ball at the Battle of Shiloh led a tortuous journey down a canyon that had been etched into stone, a mile deep, by the unremitting force of the Colorado River. There, in what would become known as the Grand Canyon, John Wesley Powell found a diary of the Earth's adolescence - layer upon layer of varied, exposed rock spanning 2 billion years. If there were a Bible of geology, Powell wrote, this would be the Book of Revelation.
July 17, 2012 |
Adding to the already vertiginous thrills that can come with a visit to the Grand Canyon, artist Kurt Wenner has taken the natural wonder to a new, disorienting level with a recently opened installation at nearby Tusayan, Ariz. Appropriately called "Grand Canyon Illusion," Wenner's piece that recently debuted at the canyon's visitor center near the south rim allows visitors to interact with the canyon's head-spinning depths while never taking their feet off the pavement. Initially created with pastels and transferred to more permanent digital prints, the work spans a section of the courtyard's floor and up a wall, giving viewers the illusion of tip-toeing from sandstone spire to spire while looking down a trail spiraling into the apparent distance below.
May 24, 2012 |
If you're planning a Memorial Day road trip, you'll be in good company, AAA says. More than 2 1/2 million Southern Californians are expected to hit the highways for the long holiday weekend, the auto club says, a 1.6% increase from last year. Where will you be going? San Diego , Las Vegas , Arizona's Grand Canyon , San Francisco and the Central Coast , the Auto Club says. And more of you may be camping. Kampgrounds of America reports an 8% increase in reservations for this weekend.
May 19, 2012
Traveling from Utah's Zion National Park to the Grand Canyon in April, Miguel Ramirez and his family stopped at Marble Canyon in northern Arizona for a quick break. Utah had been cloudy, but the sky began to clear during their drive. By the time they reached the canyon, this scene had unfolded. "The contrast of blue skies, bright white clouds and deep red canyons was absolutely stunning," Ramirez said. The San Diego resident captured this photo with his Canon EOS 20D. View past photos we've featured . To upload your own, visit our reader travel photo gallery . When you upload your photo, tell us where it was taken and when.
April 27, 2012 |
Grand Canyon National Park is one of the more interesting venues being touted as a view spot for the annular eclipse of the sun May 20. Ranger-assisted opportunities to view the eclipse will be provided on both rims. On the South Rim, NASA scientists and amateur astronomers will share their telescopes for views of the eclipse and of the night sky afterward. The Park Service says the largest concentration of telescopes will be behind the Grand Canyon Visitor Center on the South Rim, but telescopes will also be at Lipan Point, at the benches just west of the Desert View Watchtower and on the deck of the Watchtower itself.
April 24, 2012 |
It's finally official. Google Drive is here. The reports and eagle-eyed spotters were right. You get 5 gigabytes of storage for free across Google products. There's been tons of speculation, but here's exactly what Drive does. Google Docs is built into Google Drive, so you can share and collaborate in real time on documents, spreadsheets and presentations. And you can access your content on Mac, PC, iOS or Android. Drive can be installed as a folder on both Macs and PCs and as an app on Android phones and tablets.
March 19, 2012 |
You don't want Michael P. Ghiglieri writing about your next vacation. Ghiglieri, an Arizona river guide, Vietnam vet, ecology Ph.D. and seasoned emergency medical technician, is also the co-author of “Over the Edge: Death in Grand Canyon,” an epic collection of cautionary tales from perhaps America's most iconic national park. In the 10 years since the book's publication, it has sold more than 250,000 copies. Now Ghiglieri and co-author Thomas M. Myers are back with a second edition , thicker than the first.
February 26, 2012
Arizona: hits and misses Regarding "First-Rate Journeys in the 48th State," Feb. 12: I wasn't sorry that the Travel section missed the best places for Mexican food in Phoenix and Tucson. We'll keep those to ourselves. But really, how could you miss the absolutely coolest place in Arizona? The historic Weatherford Hotel in downtown Flagstaff. A family-friendly restaurant for weary travelers and a comfortable hangout with loads of local color. Great food; great bands; great, great staff.