Bedrock City’s closure was really what initiated this quick road trip to Arizona, but, as it was so darn close to the Grand Canyon, we figured, why not go?
As our road trip was on the short side, we just visited for a brief gaze, short walk along the rim, and a visit to a small museum, so I would say another visit is absolutely necessary. And I would love to do one of the mule trips into the canyon itself.
It was wonderful to visit the Grand Canyon during its 100th anniversary as a National Park and taking time to be thankful for our National Parks system. The preservation of the Grand Canyon started with President Theodore Roosevelt when he first visited the area in 1903, and just three years later, in 1906, Roosevelt passed the Antiquities Act which allowed presidents to protect areas of federal land that hold natural, cultural, and/or scientific significance. Roosevelt went on to create 18 National Monuments, including the Grand Canyon. Roosevelt’s 18 National Monuments would be the record created under one president until President Obama who created 26.
In 1916 the National Park Service was created under President Woodrow Wilson, and in 1919 the Grand Canyon was reclassified as a National Park. I am extremely thankful for Roosevelt’s interest in nature, and seeing that places such as this need to be preserved, and it is a tradition that needs to only grow instead of shrink. As President Franklin D. Roosevelt once said, “There is nothing so American as our national parks.” The landscape across the United States is uniquely ours, uniquely American, and is what drew many to this country and its various parts. Therefore portions of it need to be preserved for the enjoyment of ourselves, future generations, and not to mention the vast amount of study that comes from having large areas of uninterrupted nature.
This post sparked a new category here on the blog, “Natural Beauty,” which you can find under “Places to Explore.” This category will be dedicated to visiting National and State Parks, as well as other places that are know for their stunning works by Mother Nature. I’ve tossed a few past blog posts that are also fitting in there.
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Belt: Found by my dad