The Grand Canyon Of Arizona: How To See It By George Wharton James






































































































































 -  Who can really take in such a view? I have gazed upon the
Canyon at this spot almost yearly, and - Page 10
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Who Can Really "Take In" Such A View?

I have gazed upon the Canyon at this spot almost yearly, and often daily for weeks at a time,

For about twenty years, yet such is the marvelousness of distance, that never until two days ago did I discover that a giant detached mountain, fully eight thousand feet high, and with a base ten miles square, which I had photographed from another angle on the north side of the Canyon, stood in the direct line of my sight and, as it were, immediately before me. The discovery was made by a peculiar falling of light and shadow. The heavens were filled with clouds which threw complete shadows on the far north wall. The sun happened to shine through the clouds and light up the whole contour of this Steamboat Mountain (so called because of its shape), so that it stood forth clearly outlined against the dark field behind. In surprise I called to my companion and showed her my discovery. Yet, such is the deceptiveness of distance that, to the unaided eye, and without being aware of the fact, even my observant faculties had never before perceived that this gigantic mass was not a portion of the great north wall, from which it is detached by a canyon fully eight miles wide.

No one can know the Grand Canyon, in all its phases. It is one of those sights that words cannot exaggerate. What does it matter how deep you say - in hundreds or thousands of feet - the Canyon is, when you cannot see to the bottom of it?

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