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A Tour Of Crete
Crete lies between the parallels of 35 degrees and 36 degrees, not much farther removed from Africa than from Europe, and its climate, consequently, is intermediate between that of Greece and that of Alexandria.
The Colossal Ruins Of Cnossos
The ruins [of the Cnossos palace] lie at the east of the high road, in a deep valley. Their excavation has been very complete and satisfactory.
From whichever side our traveler draws near to Corfu, he comes from lands where Greek influence and Greek colonization spread in ancient times, but from which the Greek elements have been gradually driven out.
The morning atmosphere was delicious, and we could well believe that the climate of Rhodes is the finest in the Mediterranean, and also that it is the least exciting of cities.
Mt. Athos
Beyond Thasos is the Thracian coast and Mt. Pangaus, and at the foot of it Philippi, the Macedonian town where republican Rome fought its last battle, where Cassius leaned upon his sword-point, believing everything lost.
The Rim
THE unexpected happens at the Canyon. Surprise, wonder, amazement are looked for, but one hardly counts upon fear. In common with the average visitor, upon arrival you hurry up the steps from the station, pass along the front of the hotel, and go out at once to the Rim for a first view.
Magnitude And Scale
AT first we cannot see things here at the Canyon for their vastness. The mind keeps groping for a scale of proportion—something whereby we can mentally measure. Standards of comparison break down and common experience helps us not at all.
Canyon Carving
THE great size of the Canyon has given rise to many odd theories regarding its origin. It is difficult to convince people that anything so huge could result from ordinary causes.
Arena Making
THE bed of Hermit or Shinumo Creek, with its tributaries, is more or less typical of every canyon in the Plateau Country. The creeks are fed by the small arroyos, and the arroyos, in turn, by side swales and washes.
The Great Denundation
IT is matter of common knowledge that the general reader does not care to have his story interrupted by too much information, scientific or otherwise. He looks for entertainment rather than instruction, and at the Canyon is perhaps quite willing to forego geology except in elementary and homceopathic doses.
The Canyon Walls
THE first five hundred feet of wall at the Canyon is called the Kaibab limestone. It can be seen exposed in cliff form anywhere under the Rim. It belongs to the late Carboniferous period* and shows shell life in many of its exposures.
Buttes And Promontories
THERE are probably few, even among the doubters, who regard the buttes in the Canyon as of volcanic origin. Some of the tepee-shaped ones look not unlike volcanic cones, but there is no igneous rock or ashes in their make-up.
Bright Angel And Hermit Traits
THE tourist in the valley is always plagued with a desire to climb the mountain that lifts before him, and here at the Canyon, where he is virtually on the mountain's top, he is tormented with a wish to go down to the River five thousand feet below.
Other River Trails
THERE are a dozen trails down to the River from the South Rim, but the hotel talk revolves, almost exclusively, about Bright Angel and Hermit. The mule and the guide are easily obtained for these well-worn ways, but there is little enthusiasm or eagerness about a trip down Boucher or Bass or Hance Trails.
The Colorado
At the mouth of Hermit Creek, where you come out, there is swift water. The creek has thrown huge boulders into the River just here, has cut a deep trough in the channel, and lodged some of the largest of the boulders amid-stream.
Night In The Canyon
On moonless nights the Canyon depth is only a gloom. There may be a purple sky with stars over-head, but it can be seen quite as well from El Tovar as from Hermit Camp.
Rim Views
THE lower platforms with the Granite Gorge and the River may prove interesting playgrounds for a few hours, but as the days pass by you begin to cast longing eyes at the Rim.
Grand And Desert View
People come here to see the Canyon—to look down. But they should also look up. For the sky here, as elsewhere, is the crowning feature of landscape. Out of it comes light, light the creator of all things visible, light of which the beautiful blue is only a broken and dispersed fragment.
From Dawn To Dusk
DAYS and weeks can be given to Desert View without exhausting the scene or the interest. You are away from the hotel and the crowd, and can see things like a lone eagle from your point of rock.
The Tusayan Forest
A WEEK at the Canyon may suffice to exhaust not only one's adjectives but also the keenness of one's appreciation. The imagination perhaps lags and does not rise along the perpendicular walls as on the first day.
The Cliff-Dweller
ALONG the Rim, and back from it in the Tusayan Forest, one frequently sees at the present time mounds of scattered stones, with perhaps indications of old walls, or trenches now half-filled with earth, leaves, and pine-needles.
The Discovery
EVERY one in the southwest knows that the first white people to come into the Plateau Country were the Spaniards. They came up from Mexico, led by Coronado, and are sometimes referred to as the conquistadores.
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