By Ted Grussing
… and it is a place where you will find solitude and beauty such as is seldom seen. Cape Solitude is the prominence that sticks out into the canyon from the left side and over looks the Confluence of the Little Colorado and Colorado rivers. The Grand Canyon begins at the Confluence and looking upstream on the Colorado (to the right) is Marble Canyon. The Little Colorado river water has a beautiful blue/aqua color from the water that enters the river about 12 miles upstream at Blue Springs. The springs empty about 210 cubic feet per second into the river bed and it is rich in minerals such as copper sulfate, and calcium carbonate. When there is very little water flowing at Cameron the mineral rich spring water coats the river bed and you get this beautiful color. The water that comes from further upstream is very muddy water as the river runs north from the White Mountains through the Painted Desert and picks up a lot of soil. This is very apparent at Grand Falls (about forty miles upstream from the Confluence) where you will see a muddy water falls with dust, rather than mist coming up from the bottom. When the muddy water reaches the river at Blue Springs it coats the bed with mud, covering the blue deposits and overpowering the color in the water.
This was a beautiful day up there and near the top of the image are the formations going up to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. Cape Solitude is accessible and what a place to spend some time … it is about 4,000′ from the edge of Cape to the river below.
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Have a beautiful day … keep breathing and keep a warm happy glow going inside you … the resulting smile will brighten your day and that of those whom you meet and greet during the day.
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