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At the rim

at the rim

On a lark, last week I called Xanterra, the vendor that runs the hotels on the south rim of the Grand Canyon, to see if they had any rooms available anytime during the summer. Diane and I wanted to do a day hike down the Hermit Trail, and to do it we needed to stay at a hotel the night before and the night after.

To my surprise, they had a rim view room available in Bright Angel Lodge, for tonight and tomorrow. The picture on the right is taken from our room, right after we arrived earlier today. I am right now sitting at that window, watching the sun set on the canyon buttes even as I type. Yowza!

I will post more tonight, and some tomorrow night as well. I will also do my podcast with John Batchelor tomorrow, live, from this room. Most cool, I must say.

Pioneer cover

From the press release: From the moment he is handed a possibility of making the first alien contact, Saunders Maxwell decides he will do it, even if doing so takes him through hell and back.

Unfortunately, that is exactly where that journey takes him.

The vision that Zimmerman paints of vibrant human colonies on the Moon, Mars, the asteroids, and beyond, indomitably fighting the harsh lifeless environment of space to build new societies, captures perfectly the emerging space race we see today.

He also captures in Pioneer the heart of the human spirit, willing to push forward no matter the odds, no matter the cost. It is that spirit that will make the exploration of the heavens possible, forever, into the never-ending future.

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  • Gary M.

    Doing this on a lark is the first cool part.

    Doing it is the second cool part.

    Yowza indeed. Hat tip to you sir.

  • Phil Berardelli

    I’m mightily impressed, Bob — and a little jealous. Enjoy and report.

  • Mitch S.

    But if you’re a sleepwalker, I suggest keeping the door double locked – don’t want to be sleepwalking out there!

  • Joe

    Magnificent view!

  • Frank

    This is the little stuff in life that adds joy. You scored well Bob!

  • Keith

    Shouldn’t you write “cool image time” ?

  • wayne

    Yes, pictures are always good.
    -Where is Bright Angel Lodge, in relation to the Phantom Ranch site?
    -What is the weather like this time of year?

    We just do not have this type of geology in Michigan, closest thing (on a dwarf scale & no canyons, but lots-o-tress & water) is maybe the “Pictured Rocks National Shoreline” in the Upper Peninsula. (All created by glaciers and lake erosion. Maybe 200 feet tall, max, but like’ 30-40 miles of them.)

    Great Lakes Shoreline Tour – Lake Superior’s UP Michigan coastline

  • wayne

    pivoting tangential, but Mr. Z. is going to view the Eclipse in August and this brand new Silicon Valley Astronomy lecture is very timely & informative. (Fraknoi is fun to listen to–his voice reminds me of a cartoon character from the early ’60’s.)

    The ‘All-American’ Eclipse of the Sun This August
    Andrew Fraknoi 5-24-17
    Silicon Valley Astronomy

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