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  • Gazing across the mighty chasm, we at last discover that it is not its great depth nor length, nor yet these wonderful buildings, that most impresses us.  It is its immense width, sharply defined by precipitous walls plunging suddenly down from a flat plain, declaring in terms instantly apprehended that the vast gulf is a gash in the once unbroken plateau, made by slow fake oakley sunglasses, orderly erosion and removal of huge beds of rocks.  Other valleys of erosion are as great--in all their dimensions some are greater--but none of these produces an effect on the imagination at once so quick and profound, coming without study, given at a glance.  Therefore by far the greatest and most influential feature of this view from Bright Angel or any other of the canyon views is the opposite wall.  Of the one beneath our feet we see only fragmentary sections in cirques and amphitheaters and on the sides of the out-jutting promontories between them, while the other, though far distant, is beheld in all its glory of color and noble proportions--the  one supreme beauty and wonder to which the eye is ever turning.  For while charming with its beauty it tells the story of the stupendous erosion of the canyon--the foundation of the unspeakable impression made on everybody.  It seems a gigantic statement for even nature to make, all in one mighty stone word replica oakley sunglasses, apprehended at once like a burst of light, celestial color its natural vesture, coming in glory to mind and heart as to a home prepared for it from the very beginning.  Wildness so godful, cosmic, primeval, bestows a new sense of earth's beauty and size.  Not even from high mountains does the world seem so wide, so like a star in glory of light on its way through the heavens.

    I have observed scenery-hunters of all sorts getting first views of yosemites, glaciers, White Mountain ranges, etc.  Mixed with the enthusiasm which such scenery naturally excites, there is often weak gushing, and many splutter aloud like little waterfalls.  Here, for a few moments at least, there is silence, and all are in dead earnest, as if awed and hushed by an earthquake--perhaps until the cook cries "Breakfast!" or the stable-boy "Horses are ready!"  Then the poor unfortunates, slaves of regular habits, turn quickly away, gasping and muttering as if wondering where they had been and what had enchanted them.

    Roads have been made from Bright Angel Hotel through the Coconino Forest to the ends of outstanding promontories, commanding extensive views up and down the canyon.  The nearest of them, three or four miles east and west, are O'Neill's Point and Rowe's Point; the latter, besides commanding the eternally interesting canyon

    , gives wide-sweeping  views southeast and west over the dark forest roof to the San Francisco and Mount Trumbull volcanoes--the bluest of mountains over the blackest of level woods.

    Instead of thus riding in dust with the crowd discount oakleys, more will be gained by going quietly afoot along the rim at different times of day and night, free to observe the vegetation, the fossils in the rocks, the seams beneath overhanging ledges once inhabited by Indians, and to watch the stupendous scenery in the changing lights and shadows, clouds, showers, and storms.  One need not go hunting the so-called "points of interest."  The verge anywhere, everywhere, is a point of interest beyond one's wildest dreams.