The Grand Canyon on Fire!

IMG_0254In the autumn of 2012, we headed off for another extended US road trip. Our ultimate goal was Austin, Texas, for the inaugural Formula 1 US Grand Prix, so naturally we flew into… Wichita, Kansas. And headed west!

Two weeks, 5500 miles (yes, that really does say five thousand five hundred miles), and seven states later, we finally arrived in Austin. Along the way we’d encountered some pretty amazing things (you can follow the whole trip starting here).

But perhaps the most amazing of all was seeing the Grand Canyon full of smoke, from rim to rim, thanks to some controlled burns taking place in the National Park.

You have been warned!

You have been warned!

Not convinced the photo on the sign was really taken here!

Not convinced the photo on the sign was really taken here!

Looking south from Bright Angel Point on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon

Looking south from Bright Angel Point on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon

Early morning at Bright Angel Point

Early morning at Bright Angel Point

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With some friends at Roaring Springs Canyon

With some friends at Roaring Springs Canyon

The same spot above Roaring Springs Canyon an hour and a half later

The same spot above Roaring Springs Canyon an hour and a half later

Smoke dissipating over Roaring Springs Canyon

Smoke dissipating over Roaring Springs Canyon

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Source of the smoke: one of the prescribed fires still smouldering

Source of the smoke: one of the prescribed fires still smouldering

Job done: the controlled fires clear away the litter layer, partly to prevent a worse, unplanned fire, and partly to feed nutrients back into the soil

Job done: the controlled fires clear away the litter layer, partly to prevent a worse, unplanned fire, and partly to feed nutrients back into the soil

The combination of the lingering smoke and the setting sun as we left the National Park that evening was particularly beautiful

The combination of the lingering smoke and the setting sun as we left the National Park that evening was particularly beautiful

IMG_0271IMG_0274This post was inspired by the theme Fire/Summer, from Cee of Cee’s Photography.

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Star of my own award-winning adventure novels, Jaspa's Journey. Geocaching addict & F1 fan. Adventure Journeyer & blogger extraordinaire. Check out my website: www.jaspasjourney.com And don’t forget to download the books and see what the buzz is all about!
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7 Responses to The Grand Canyon on Fire!

  1. emilyfromtheusa says:

    Just found your blog… Love it!!

  2. Cee Neuner says:

    These photos are way cool…okay maybe not cool in the real meaning. Thanks for playing.

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