Lois Reynolds Mead

Art and a pink monkeyflower in a native plant garden…

Pause…

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A pause from processing Paris pics for a trip to Arizona with the first stop the south side of the Grand Canyon…

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I hadn’t been to the Grand Canyon since elementary school when during the summers my school-teacher father would pack the whole family into the station wagon for treks across country. Fifty years ago, the overlooks were just graded flat places and when we all tumbled out of the car and ran for the view, my mother could be heard to yell after us, “Don’t go too close to the edge!” Even with obvious barriers, now, some people were crossing into treacherous places just to catch the perfect shot.
We chased the sunrise each morning…

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and drove twenty miles to the east to Desert View where the Watchtower still stands over the vast expanse of the Canyon. The Watchtower was designed by architect Mary Colter in 1932 for the Fred Harvey Company. It is four floors high up to the big windows for the view.

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A spiral staircase inside takes you up to the top for the view (much like Notre Dame for the gargoyles) and the interior is decorated with murals by Fred Kabotu and petroglyph-style decorations by Fred Greer.

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We came back west toward the Village and stopped at each view point. At Navajo Point we could look back toward the Watchtower…

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We also saw the Tusayan Museum and Ruin.

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Then we chased the sunset…

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