The natural beauty and majesty of nature overwhelm many people when they visit national parks. Others, however, have a . . . less enthusiastic response. One visitor to Grand Canyon National Park left a review that fell into the latter category:
Went to the Grand Canyon this past week and let me tell YOU it’s a big ole waste o time! There was dirt EVERYWHERE and the hiking trail was too long! Also where are the vending machines?? And no where to charge my phone! It’s way too deep to even see the bottom! . . . Grand Canyon more like grand blandyon.
As most of us are well aware, when you venture outside into nature, there’s a chance you’ll run into dirt. Especially if you visit one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World that happens to be in a desert.
Grand Canyon: A Natural Wonder Nearly 6 Million Years in the Making
The Colorado River began carving its way through what would later become the Grand Canyon approximately 5-6 million years ago, exposing nearly 2 billion years worth of geological history. Sure, some people might oversimplify it as just a giant hole, but this area is rich in history and unlike anything else in the world. President Teddy Roosevelt dedicated the Grand Canyon and the adjacent forests as a U.S. National Monument in 1908 to protect not only the endangered animals that lived there, but also the land that was constantly in danger from mining groups. Later, President Woodrow Wilson officially made the Grand Canyon a U.S. National Park in 1919. Today, the canyon walls are lined with the geological history of the earth, a sight unlike anything else in the entire world. It is absolutely worth a visit (but be sure to charge your cell phone before you leave).
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