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I own no land, instead I have wheelestate. I’ve been a full time RVer since 1997. Working summers as a Park Ranger takes me to many beautiful places and playing during the winter takes me to many more. This blog is simply the story of my life's adventures.

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Thursday, February 18, 2010

SWF - Guide training at Grand Canyon

a251 Tower at Dessert View South rim GRCA AZ (964x1024)

The 70 foot (21 meter) Watch Tower was designed by Mary Colter and constructed in 1932 to resemble the Native architecture

Several weeks ago I signed up for a free guide training through the Grand Canyon Institute. Over this weekend there will be seminars on such topics as cultural history, wildlife biology, watershed, astronomy, climate, injuries, geology and botany. Mike was going with me until he found out he has to work Saturday. So I’m taking the truck/camper, which hasn’t been moved in days weeks, OK, maybe over a month. The battery was almost dead so charged that over night. Will drive up Friday and stay with Ranger Maggi then return Mon.   Now packing so I can take off in the morning. Sure will be nice to see Grand Canyon again.

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31 comments:

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Gaelyn: What a neat monument to the past. I hope you have a lot of fun at the training session. I have to send you a photo of my truck under snow tomorrow.

J Bar said...

Amazing.
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Diane AZ said...

Marvelous sky and watchtower image. The seminars sound like so much fun, enjoy your weekend!

eileeninmd said...

Wonderful shot of the watch tower and the sky is looking very pretty.

Stine in Ontario said...

I had no idea Native American's built towers! Enjoy the seminars.

dAwN said...

oh..my cousin is visiting with three other friends this weekend too.if u see four fellas in their 50s ask if there is a Boo there..he is my cousin Mike.
Have a great time..and have u started to pack for Africa?

blog with no name said...

The tower has an awesome view! The sprial staircase is has an awesome view of it's own also. See you in a couple minutes.

Bill S. said...

Cute picture of a historical monument. Good luck in your travels and enjoy the training.

dowhatyoulove said...

What a fun weekend trip! That feels like it would be a really nice place to be this weekend. I look forward to when I get to go back and explore the Canyon more some day!

Have a beautiful time! Sorry Mike didn't get to go with you, that would have been fun to be able to show him around your summer place. =)

Carolyn Ford said...

I love this monument...just perched on the edge of the mighty canyon! Such a wonderful capture from your lens! I got some great photos of it, too, in November. Beautiful sky to match!

Natural Moments said...

Look to the Stars and bring them to the layers of the earth where the organisms and biology will soak up their energies.

Keep on having fun Gaelyn...

Rob Inukshuk said...

Neat tower. Have a good trip!

Lorac said...

It looks like Native architecture, She did a nice job! Nice to hear you are heading to the canyon. Enjoy!

Dot said...

Cool pic! Also love how you keep us upto date on what's going on in your life...very interesting and very "out of the box"...really enjoy your posts! Enjoy the training!

James said...

The sky is so beautiful. That is such a wonderful picture.

Martha Z said...

I would love to see the Grand Canyon in winter. I hope it graces you with great photo ops to share.
Sorry Mike couldn't join you.

jeannette stgermain said...

Am glad the tower fits in with the environment! Wow, it sounds like you're going to have to remember a lot of info:)

LadyFi said...

Enjoy the training. Love the tower and the bright blue sky.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Do you have place for me too? :) Have a great time, I am sure you are going to enjoy it.

Bibi said...

Your training sounds like A LOT more fun than the one I have to go to for school...in a computer lab all day...argh..and I am sure the training will be major shades of deja vu.

Ebie said...

I don't remember seeing this during my previous visits. It is a beautiful tower.

Good luck to your training.

Hilda said...

Sounds like an amazing adventure! Fantastic landscapes and educational too — what more can one ask for?

This tower is beautiful! I would have thought it was much older if you didn't say otherwise. Very wise of Ms Colter.

Happy Friday and happy weekend!

Small City Scenes said...

Neat tower. What were the natives watching in their tower. Enemies, animals?? MB

Elaine said...

I love the tower. It looks like it's always been there. Sounds like you will have a great weekend. What a good opportunity to be at the canyon in the winter.

Jom Manilat said...

Interesting tower!
Have a nice trip!

Pam said...

If only the tower could talk, what a wonderful history lesson we all would have.
Gaelyn, enjoy your journey back the the Grand Canyon and all of that free learning, how lucky you are.

Brit Gal Sarah said...

As ever deeply envious! Hope you have fun on the course. I remember the Watch Tower clearly from my visit there 30 yrs ago!

Quiet Paths said...

Have a great drive. A really cool pic of the watchtower. Hope it is a great weekend.

JOE TODD said...

Have a safe trip and keep an eye on the skies

Louise said...

Great picture! I'm sure it WAS nice too see it again. The thought has crossed our minds to move (better cultural environment for our kids), but it totally stresses me out to think of not being near the beautiful things here. I wasn't stressed at all when we moved here from the Midwest, where I had lived for the previous 38 years of my life. So for now we'll stay.

I just looked at a new Facebook friends' page and her summer Grand Canyon tour. It was whirlwind, but they walked to Plateau Point and back in 6 hours. At first I wondered if they might have bumped into you, but then I realized they were on the south rim. But it made me think of you and want to go.

And I hope we can meet this summer! Our "main stop" is Canyonlands, but we'll fit Cedar Breaks in. I'll let you know dates when I have a chance. (I'm not near the calendar computer, and I don't know which end of the trip will be Cedar Breaks anyway.)

Elisabeth said...

What an intersting capture...love the deep blue sky. Your life sounds sooooo interesting...thanks for sharing.

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