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November 1, 2012

An America often taken for granted


At Zion, we were met by more grandeur — cliffs with biblical names that evoke a sense of awe. We made the approach at dusk as the moon settled over the peaks. I preferred this more to the morning ride we took through the canyon. Much more spiritual with less traffic and congestion.

To tour the Grand Canyon, we chose the North Rim over the South, given our time constraints. The combination of various geological processes spanning time, color and dazzling forms of erosion made this a sight to behold, particularly Roosevelt Point, one of 18 vantage points.

Our 26th president loved it there and did his best to keep nature properly preserved. His 1903 quote remains indelible and timeless:

“Leave it as it is. You cannot improve upon it. The ages have been at work on it … and man can only mar it. Keep it for your children and children’s children as the one great sight every American should see.”

Photographer and writer Tom Vartabedian is retired from The Haverhill Gazette. He contributes this regular column.

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