Photos of the Day: Horseshoe Bend

October 12th, 2020

Happy Canadian Thanksgiving and Happy Indigenous Peoples’ Day!

Today we’re at Horseshoe Bend for a quick look over the edge. This graceful curve in the Colorado River started forming about five million years ago, carving a gorge in the sandstone 1,000 feet deep. The top is tantalizing with beauty and terrifying with height. Except for a few balconies where you can stand safely and shoot photos, the rim is wide open.

I find one of the most unusual things about this region is that notable sites are not visible from the road. The Grand Canyon and Horseshoe Bend are below surface level. Imagine going west and crossing the U.S. 150 years ago. If you were just a couple miles north or south of the Grand Canyon, you would miss it entirely. But if you were following the Colorado River, imagine that discovery!

More tomorrow,

P.S. Thanks everyone for your comments! Replying in a timely fashion is hard from the road, but know that I love hearing from you. I have lots of reading and replying to catch up on.

Photos of the Day: Adding a bit of light to the darkness as we get through the pandemic together. This series features travel photos from my archives, shared with you while staying close to home.


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