I admit it. I love facts. Facts are fun. Here are a few..
1)94% of the Grand Canyon is untouched by humans.
That information makes we want to go touch things. Same with The-Youngest. Give him a year there, though, and he’ll have touched everything.
2) They totally goofed up how long people had been in the canyon. Originally, it was thought about 4000 years, ago, but recent discoveries put mankind buggering around in the area at about 10,000 years, ago. Even Wiki needs to be updated. But it makes me think how many facts we take as facts are not, in fact, facts, but best guesses.
3) The river rapids are so dangerous that here there is an entirely new rating. Most go I-VI. The rapids here go to 10. Like Spinal Tap’s Nigel Tufnel’s speakers going to 11. (See link for why, it’s kinda cool.)
4) The dude who finally and successfully navigated those rapids had one arm and couldn’t swim. Think about that for a moment. His name, not a crazy name like John ‘the macho man’ Powell. Simply John Wesley Powell.
5) 5 million people visit the canyon every year. Most show up the same day as we do and try to block all my cool shots.
6) No one has been killed by a mountain lion in the park. I was massively disappointed. I say we serve up the dumbest tourist every year to one of those cats just to make sure they’re well-fed.
7) It’s not the deepest or widest canyon. Screw you, Himalayan and Australian canyons, it’s still the prettiest.
8) Scientists don’t agree on how it was formed. Oddly, I’m ok with that. I worry a lot more when everyone agrees on something without question. Sounds more like dogma than science to me.
9)The Grand Canyon is one of the few natural landmarks that can be seen from space. Like me with my shirt off. It’s also listed as one of the 7 natural wonders of the world.
10) You can see about a quarter of the earth’s natural history here. Or approximately 1.75 billion years of history of a world 4.5 billion years old. Older than the dinosaurs. It’s older than Betty White.
For more cool Grand Canyon stuff, check out these links.
Written by the Grand Canyon itself, I think.
My person go-to site – Trip Advisor
Let me know if you have any advice to add 🙂