|My what a beautiful trip to the Page, Arizona area. Staying at Lee's Ferry which many say is the beginning of the Grand Canyon, it was the only Colorado River Crossing before the 20the century for 260 miles. Lee, a Mormon with 17 wives ran the ferry and lived at nearby Lone Dell Ranch along with two other families and grew all their own food and were totally self-sufficient. The ferry ran for 55 years and was then permanently shut down due to a horrible accident in 1928, three men, driving a Model T Ford, lost their lives when an aging and worn ferry capsized, dumping them and their automobile into the rushing waters. All three drowned. No other traveler would ever cross the river on Lee’s Ferry after that accident. A couple of the original buildings are still up at the ferry site. Lee's Ferry is surrounded on three sides by the Vermillion Cliffs National Monument with cliffs soaring to over 3000 feet in some areas above the valley floor in which the Colorado River runs clear and beautiful and in that area is one of the only places for hundreds of miles where you can walk to the shore of the river...a fisherman's paradise to be sure. Due to the soft sandstone at the bottom of the cliffs, many rocks have tumbled down from above and over the years as the sandstone washed away, many of them sit on a pedestal. A wierd sight to behold. Driving west we came to the Cliff Dweller area where travelers on their way to cross the river at Lee's Ferry built shelters around some of the falling rocks and one couple liked it so well, they stayed! Portions of these shelters still remain today. And all the time we have spent in the Arizona Desert, we finally got to see the Prickly Pear Cactus in bloom everywhere...how beautiful they are. We didn't realize that the blossoms closed up at night and reopened when it got warm in the late morning.