Thursday, July 30, 2009

Day 53, Hualapai Indian Reservations, Grand Canyon

We are now in the Hualapai Indian Reservation and we have obtained a permit to hike through the Hindu Canyon which is found in the vast, empty lands of the southwestern Grand Canyon corridor.

Like all canyons in this remote area, Hindu is very little visited, completely unspoilt yet easy enough to reach, though only a short part has nice narrows; most of the upper reaches are wide, grassy and with gently sloping sides while the lower part, after a big drop off, is deep but open.
The slot-like section is about half a mile long, where the drainage cuts down into the thin strata of the Supai formation, and has a sequence of beautiful narrows, pools, chutes and cascades.

Hmm, Sita, Prasad, Amit and I are looking around trying to figure out why this place is called HINDU CANYON????? We see nothing Hindu about it!

The guide explained:-
The 'temple' designations in the Grand Canyon are the work of geologist Clarence Dutton, one of the first geologists to study the canyon in detail and thus he gave the official names to many of its rock formations.
Dutton had a poetic nature and believed the Grand Canyon was a unique treasure for the entire world and thus its place names should reflect the cultures of the entire planet.

As a result, he deliberately named many features after gods and mythologies from around the world . So, you have Budda Temple (southeast Asia), Shiva Temple (India), Cheops Pyramid (Egyptian) and Freya Castle and Wotan's Throne (Norse).

The designations of 'temple', 'pyramid', 'castle' and 'throne' are not scientific terms, but rather part of the feature's larger grandiose place name and sometimes inspired by what spiritual, romantic or mythological structure that Dutton thought it might somewhat resemble (for instance, Cheops Pyramid is somewhat pyramid shaped when seen from the south).
Hmmm, interesting.
Ooooh, the highlight of this trip for us adrenaline junkies....The Grand Canyon Skywalk.

The horseshoe-shaped glass walkway stands at a 3,600 feet (1,100 m) height above the floor of the canyon, a height exceeding those of the world's tallest skyscrapers

The Skywalk extends over a side canyon and affords a view into the main canyon.

Okay, lets put our booties on as we walk on this glass floor that protrudes 20 metres beyond the edge of the canyon, and look down towards the Colorado River, nearly 4,000 feet below about a mile to the west.
Ooooh, this is sooo cool!
Hey look Sita, there are birds flying UNDER us!!!
This place is rather commercialised, but we don't care, the experience was mind blowing!!!! Not for the faint hearted!!!

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