Update Wednesday 11-21-12 10:06 am: Harlan Taney has aborted his attempt to break the speed record for boating down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon.
While most of us were sleeping last night, a Flagstaff man was out to break a record.
Rules of thumb come in handy at times. Commentator Scott Thybony has learned a few of them over the years from Grand Canyon guides, scientists, and rangers.
If you stand at the brink of Toroweap Overlook and toss a penny into the Grand Canyon, the falling coin would hit the Colorado River two minutes later.
The last time you visited the Grand Canyon, what did you take away?
Photographs? An appreciation of natural beauty?
Composer Erik DeLuca is taking away sound.
As the Park's most recent artist in residence, DeLuca's using the sounds of the Grand Canyon to create music.
What do you hear when you go to the Grand Canyon?
Recent park visitors said, “You could hear the wind rustling.”
“It’s a nice peaceful silence.”
“A gentle breeze and/or silence.”
But to Erik DeLuca, the canyon is by no means quiet.