グランドキャニオンの南と北 – South and North rims of the Grand Canyon


グランドキャニオン国立公園の南側に到着したときには、すでに夕暮れが迫っていました。この渓谷を作り出して来た張本人のコロラド川が遥か下にちょっぴり見えて、流石に息を呑む景色です。The Sun was already setting when we arrived at the Grand Canyon National Park South Rim. The view was simply awesome. We could see a tiny portion of the Colorado River down there, which created the canyon.

私たちの住むセイントジョージから北側まで3時間もかかりませんが、南側までは 6 時間以上もかかります。必然、北側には行った事がありましたが、南は今回が初めてでした。It takes less than three hours to the North Rim from our house in St. George, but it takes more than 6 hours to the South Rim. So I’ve been to the North Rim before, but it was my first time to visit the South Rim.

一般に北側からより南側からの眺めの方が良いと言われています。1番の理由は南側の高度 (2,100m) の方が北側 (2,438m)より低いため、渓谷内がよく見えるからだと説明を受けました。確かにこの日見た渓谷は夕日に照らされて神秘的にすら見えました。In general, people say that it’s a much better view from the South Rim. It was explained to me that the elevation of the south rim (7,000 feet) is lower than the north rim (8,000 feet). So that you can see the valley better from the south rim. Indeed, the valley on that day was so grand and mysterious, lit by the magical light from the sunset.

もっと眺めていたかったのですが、気がつくとあたりはすでに真っ暗で足元も見えなくなっていました。「明日は渓谷を降りられるところまで降りていくぞ!」と意気込んで早々にホテルに引き上げました。We wanted to be there longer, but it was already dark so that we could only see faint shadows. We planned to walk down the valley as far as we could the next day. So we went back to the lodge early. “Tomorrow!” said I, gallantly.

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