Thursday, September 20, 2012

Canyons, Canyons

This morning we drove 9 miles east of town to Walnut Canyon to see the 800 year old home of the Sinagua people (Spanish for "without water").  They built their homes in nearly inaccessible cliff caves for safety from marauding tribes and dry farmed the valley below.  Though they converted the cliff into a beehive of homes, they only stayed there 100 years and moved on.

Home in side canyon

Honeycombed cliffs

Stonework at cave entrance

In the afternoon we hopped a bus tour back to the Grand Canyon's South Rim for dinner and sunset.

The Colorado continues to grind away.  The far horizon is 42 miles away.

Colourful part of canyon in late afternoon.

Canyon at sunset.

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