Marble Canyon Viewpoint, Kaibab Plateau

Edge of the Kaibab Plateau from Marble View.

[Photo: Edge of the Kaibab Plateau from Marble View. Click on image for larger version. © Stephen J. Krieg]

Is it the end of this year’s monsoon rain season? I couldn’t help thinking that yesterday as I walked out on the spine of limestone below Marble View on the Kaibab National Forest a few miles outside the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park.

No clouds today. None. Nothing. And calm. Well, at least the air was about as clear as it gets anymore. The light was lovely: bright and crisp. I savored my perch from the northeast edge of the Kaibab Plateau, gazing down onto the Marble Platform from which the same layers I was standing on had been raised several thousand feet above the rest. To the north are the Vermilion Cliffs, to the upper right where Lees Ferry is located.

Photo Location: Marble View, Kaibab National Forest, north of North Rim, Arizona.

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Lees Ferry Sunset Panorama: Back to the River

Stopping by Lees Ferry, as I almost always do, on another hot summer day. Why? Because it’s one of the most sublime views on Earth. And because there are always river rafting trips rigging up and launching there, being the put-in point for Grand Canyon river trips.

So I steamed some corn on the cob for supper, watching the boatmen ready their rafts and dories for the next day’s launch. Walked into the river and soaked my shirt with the cold clear river water, gasping as I put it on. Evaporative cooling, very efficient and refreshing. The bats were darting about in the evening sky; lots of gnats and other insects for them to feast on for their breakfast.

Photo location: Lees Ferry, Colorado River, Marble Canyon, Arizona.

Sunset colors at Lees Ferry on the Colorado River, Marble Canyon, Arizona.

Sunset colors at Lees Ferry on the Colorado River, Marble Canyon, Arizona.