Canyon Conversations


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After emerging from the depths of the canyons and back into civilization, people are hailing me as a hero. Newspapers and magazines are connecting my name with the likes of Lewis and Clark, John C. Fremont and Zebulon Pike, who are other famous American explorers. Audiences everywhere are eager to hear tales of my exploring adventure. I have been invited to speak in cities throughout the country, as all seem to be interested in my descriptions of the magnificent canyons I discovered in the southwest. Before I journeyed down the river, others were already involved in surveys of southwestern lands. So I was now in the center of a national effort to explore the southwest. I did quite a bit of traveling, while explaining how I thought the mountains and canyons had been formed. I explained my belief that the entire geological process came from the ever-so-slow effects of water, wind and storms, and over the time span of a million years, the river cut away at the layers of stone. Rain and wind carved the jagged formations and new streams of water running away from the river cut the gorges and side canyons.

The beauty of the canyons was simply breathtaking and I am fortunate to have been successful during the expedition by simply making it out of the canyons alive, but I still feel slightly unsatisfied, as there were many things I wanted to accomplish and was not able to. With so many wild river runs, I lost a lot of my writings and many specimens that I collected along the way. During the last couple of weeks and into the final days of our expedition, the men and I were forced to give up on many of our planned scientific tests on account of all the losses that we had suffered. Our supplies were almost all gone and it became a matter of survival.