"On a sunny June morning in Yellowstone National Park, we set out on our hike towards the beaver ponds just above Mammoth Hot Springs. We kept together at a relaxed pace, quietly absorbing the beautiful wildflower-filled scenery. As we approached a small hill, I heard a faint murmuring coming from the opposite side of the hill crest. The group hadn’t seemed to notice yet so I kept quiet, but with my eyes open. Suddenly, we all stopped. In the distance where the trail descended back down into the woods was a female black bear with two tiny cubs. Weeks old, the cubs were right in the middle of a romping session, dive-bombing each other from low-lying tree limbs and rolling around in the wet grass. We spoke casually making sure mom noticed us from a non-threatening distance. She did not appear concerned but slowly moved in the opposite direction, persuading her babies to follow. We watched as they continued to tackle one another, wailing in the tiny voice that I had heard earlier, and slowly followed their mother into the thickness of the forest.”
“May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds.”
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In celebration of Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day we are highlighting the life and achievements of American architect and designer, Mary Colter, whose buildings remain to this day as historic monuments and treasures scattered along and within the Grand Canyon National Park.
Earning her first project from Fred Harvey in 1901, she spent the following 30 years as one of the few female architects of that era, working in rugged landscapes and finding inspiration in her surroundings.
Her famous contributions to the Grand Canyon include Bright Angel Lodge, Desert View Watchtower, Lookout Studio, Hermits Rest, Hopi House, and the infamous Phantom Ranch.
Desert View Watchtower
Photographed by hiking guide, Darcie Carr, on the Grand Canyon Classic Hiker
The Lookout Studio View
Can you spot the California Condor?