The justly famous Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone is

  • In a dry, hot, monotonous forested plateau, seemingly boundless, you come suddenly and without warning upon the abrupt edge of a gigantic sunken landscape of the wildest, most multitudinous features, and those features oakley sunglasses, sharp and angular, are made out of flat beds of limestone and sandstone forming a spiry, jagged, gloriously colored mountain range countersunk in a level gray plain.  It is a hard job to sketch it even in scrawniest outline; and, try as I may, not in the least sparing myself, I cannot tell the hundredth part of the wonders of its features--the side canyons, gorges, alcoves, cloisters, and amphitheaters of vast sweep and depth, carved in its magnificent walls; the throng of great architectural rocks it contains resembling castles, cathedrals, temples, and palaces, towered and spired and painted, some of them nearly a mile high, yet beneath one's feet.  All this, however, is less difficult than to give any idea of the impression of wild, primeval beauty and power one receives in merely gazing from its brink.  The view down the gulf of color and over the rim of its wonderful wall, more than any other view I know, leads us to think of our earth as a star with stars swimming in light, every radiant spire pointing the way to the heavens.

    But it is impossible to conceive what the canyon is fake oakleys, or what impression it makes, from descriptions or pictures, however good.  Naturally it is untellable even to those who have seen something perhaps a little like it on a small scale in this same plateau region.  One's most extravagant expectations are indefinitely surpassed, though one expects much from what is said of it as "the biggest chasm on earth"--"so big is it that all other big things--Yosemite, the Yellowstone, the Pyramids, Chicago--all would be lost if tumbled into it ."  Naturally enough, illustrations as to size are sought for among other canyons like or unlike it, with the common result of worse confounding confusion.  The prudent keep silence.  It was once said that the "Grand Canyon could put a dozen Yosemites in its vest pocket."

    The justly famous Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone is, like the Colorado, gorgeously colored and abruptly countersunk in a plateau, and both are mainly the work of water.  But the Colorado's canyon is more than a thousand times larger fake oakley sunglasses, and as a score or two of new buildings of ordinary size would not appreciably change the general view of a great city cheap oakleys, so hundreds of Yellowstones might be eroded in the sides of the Colorado Canyon without noticeably augmenting its size or the richness of its sculpture.

    But it is not true that the great Yosemite rocks would be thus lost or hidden.  Nothing of their kind in the world, so far as I know, rivals El Capitan and Tissiack, much less dwarfs or in any way belittles them.  None of the sandstone or limestone precipices of the canyon that I have seen or heard of approaches in smooth, flawless strength and grandeur the granite face of El Capitan or the Tenaya side of Cloud's Rest.  These colossal cliffs, types of permanence, are about three thousand and six thousand feet high; those of the canyon that are sheer are about half as high, and are types of fleeting change; while glorious-domed Tissiack, noblest of mountain buildings, far from being overshadowed or lost in this rosy, spiry canyon company, would draw every eye, and, in serene majesty, "aboon them a'" she would take her place--castle, temple, palace, or tower.  Nevertheless a noted writer, comparing the Grand Canyon in a general way with the glacial Yosemite

    , says: "And the Yosemite--ah, the lovely Yosemite!  Dumped down into the wilderness of gorges and mountains, it would take a guide who knew of its existence a long time to find it."  This is striking, and shows up well above the levels of commonplace description, but it is confusing, and has the fatal fault of not being true.  As well try to describe an eagle by putting a lark in it.  "And the lark--ah, the lovely lark!  Dumped down the red, royal gorge of the eagle, it would be hard to find."  Each in its own place is better, singing at heaven's gate, and sailing the sky with the clouds.