Prickly Pear, Barrel, Hedgehog and Fishhook are just a few of the Grand Canyon Cactus and then there’s the “Tai-Wiki-Widbee”, the Cactus Buck…

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“Cactus bucks” are an uncommon and strange phenomenon in the antler growing world.  This “cactus” condition in bucks results in antlers remaining in velvet and continuing to grow beyond the normal velvet-losing time of the year. The condition that causes a deer to be a cactus buck is called “cryptorchidism”. This condition impacts testosterone levels, which regulate antler growth and development.  …

RAINBOWS… “no rain no rainbow” – Yoshifumi Kouchi

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RAINBOW MAN – THE INDALO SYMBOL  The Rainbow held special significance among the people of the land. Prophesies and stories of many nations, from the Hopi and Zuni in the Southwest to the Cherokee in the Southeast, from the Cree in the far north, the great Sioux nations of the plains, to the Mayan people of the far south, the Rainbow …

Thank you to all of our customers of the 2015 river season, as the pleasure was truly ours!

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“Appreciation is a wonderful thing. It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.” -Voltaire GCE River guides are, without a doubt, the finest guides this side of the Colorado River! They sure do know how to have fun! Until next season,  “don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.” -Dr. Seuss  /  Photo: 2015 GCE …

River salt being leached out of the Tapeats Sandstone…

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Stalactites and stalagmites are cone-shaped formations which look a little like huge icicles of rock. They are found in caves and under overhangs. They are calcium deposits made by calcium-laden water dripping through the ceiling and onto the floor of the cave. The water evaporates, leaving the calcium behind.  These calcium deposits are formed in two ways: a stalactite forms …

Geometry shows why river rocks are round

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Geologists know that rocks that line riverbeds tend to be smaller and rounder further downstream. Abrasion causes rocks to grind down and become rounder, but does the grinding reduce the size of rocks or is it that smaller rocks are simply more easily transported?  A new model suggests that abrasion plays a key role in upholding these patterns, but it …

The Grand Canyon Expedition’s “S-Rig” is awaiting your arrival…the pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work – Aristotle

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Our S-Rig was specifically designed to navigate the rapids in Grand Canyon.  Our rafts are constructed of industrial strength, nylon-coated neoprene that is extremely strong and puncture resistant.  The S-Rig is a donut shape, 37 feet in length with 20 diaphragms to ensure only any one section could be affected by loss of air.  A 22 foot side pontoon on …

The Grand Canyon and water, water everywhere…

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“The river is everywhere at once, at the source and at the mouth, at the waterfall, at the ferry, at the rapids, in the sea, in the mountains, everywhere at once and… that there is only the present time for it, not the shadow of the past, not the shadow of the future.” ― Hermann Hesse, Siddhartha       …

Petroglyph…They are found throughout the world and can date as far back as tens of thousands of years ago.

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Definition Petroglyphs “rock carvings”  from petro, meaning “rock” and glyph, meaning “symbol” a form of rock art that consist of designs carved into the surface of natural rock. Forms include lines, dots, numbers, letters, human, animal, supernatural beings or astronomical images. These primitive images and the mythologies which imbue them are compelling, for they hint of a time when man- …