Make your Grand Canyon Vacation a “Brain-cation” Friday August 3rd

Good morning travelers. Yesterday fellow Grand Canyon blogger and colleague Sandy added a new word to the Grand Canyon vacation planning lexicon: “brain-cation!” That basically means making your Grand Canyon vacation a learning experience. A multi-day white water rafting would certainly be the ultimate example of that, but those of you who will actually be at the Grand Canyon tomorrow, Friday August 3rd, also have a most unique opportunity: to take part in Grand Canyon National Park’s first “living history” event, “Echoes from the Canyon.”

From the Grand Canyon National Park Service press release:

Travel back in time and meet eight of Grand Canyon National Park’s most influential people during “Echoes from the Canyon”, the park’s first living history event on Friday, August 3, 2012.

“When most people think of the Grand Canyon, they are focused on the spectacular geologic landscape,” says Judy Hellmich-Bryan, the park’s Chief of Interpretation, “but the Grand Canyon has a rich human history, as well. From Native Americans to conservationists, explorers and businessmen to families and trend-setting architects, people just like you and me built the foundation of today’s Grand Canyon Village.”

Rangers participating in “Echoes from the Canyon” will bring to life some of the historic figures who made Grand Canyon National Park what it is today. Visitors will meet these characters as they walk from Verkamp’s Visitor Center to Kolb Studio through the historic Grand Canyon Village on the South Rim.

Tours will depart from Verkamp’s at 8:00, 8:20, 8:40 and 9:00 p.m. Tickets are required, but are free of charge and will be available first-come first-served at Verkamp’s Visitor Center beginning at 7:30 p.m. on the day of the event. Each tour can accommodate up to 60 people.

For more on “Echoes from the Canyon”, please contact Interpretive Ranger Erin Whittaker at 928-638-7789. For information on Grand Canyon National Park and how to plan your Grand Canyon adventure, visit us on the web at www.nps.gov/grca or call our information line at 928-638-7888.  (Shannan Marcak)

Knowing what I know about Grand Canyon history, I’ll bet some of those characters in the photo above include Mary Elizabeth Jane Colter, one of America’s first prominent female architects and designer of many Grand Canyon buildings; Fred Harvey, Grand Canyon National Park’s premier hotelier; John Wesley Powell, the first Anglo-American to raft the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon; as for the rest? Well… if you’re gonna be at the Grand Canyon tomorrow, join this unique tour and find out! This is apparently a one-time deal where you can be amongst the first Grand Canyon visitors ever to partake of such an experience. And it’s free, how cool is that?

For more information on “Echoes from the Canyon” visit the Grand Canyon National Park Service website or inquire at your Grand Canyon hotel about making your Grand Canyon vacation a Grand Canyon “brain-cation.”

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