Our Director's telling of the long journey Rim to Rim in the Grand Canyon.
There has been so much written about the magnificence of the Grand Canyon, it is almost redundant to venture into any verbal description or commentary.
For many centuries, Native Americans have inhabited the Canyon. Ancestral Pueblo people developed from the desert culture as they became less nomadic and more dependent on agriculture.
History is that the Hopis brought the Spanish to the southern rim of the Canyon in 1540. Of course there is nothing close to the Canyon in Europe in majesty or magnitude. It is just well, The Grand Canyon. You can only imagine what these first explorers were thinking and feeling as they stood on the South Rim.
Of course viewing the Canyon, marveling and appreciating it's grandeur, that is certainly a worthy and breathtaking experience. Now walking the Canyon is an outstanding adventure that requires thought and preparation, but is a goodly distance from either rim down to Colorado River. Then again taking on the Canyon, traversing from Rim to Rim. Well, that is an endeavor few have attempted, and fewer still have conquered.
So, when my friend and business associate Michael Stahulak, from west Chicago casually wrangled me the proposition of running the Rim to Rim with a slight hint of a challenge, how could I possibly decline? Ok, I'm in. It seemed like a good idea at the time.