Friday, April 9, 2010

Out and About

Today was a strange day. We actually got out and about.
Spring has sprung around here (finally) and we decided it was time
to remind ourselves why we live here.

We headed out as a family to go to parking lot D, sounds exciting right?
We parked by the train and headed up the steps toward the Bright Angel Lodge.
After skirting through the building we headed to the Kolb Studio.
I have to admit that Kolb is my favorite building on the rim.  
It might just be the attitude the Kolb brothers had toward the National Park System that I like so well.
The Kolb building was their actual family home. They lived there from 1904 till 1976. 
Upon the death of Emory Kolb the building reverted to the government 
and he was buried in the local cemetery.
That probably irritates NPS as well. :-)

The building was salvaged from NPS by the Grand Canyon Association. NPS hated the Kolb family
so much that they just wanted to shove the building into the canyon and be done with them. 

GCA talked them out of it and spent over $1 million dollars to renovate. It was so very worth it. 
If you are ever here you can take a tour of the actual living quarters,
and see the most stunning view of the Grand Canyon.
Can you imagine having this as your view from your living room?
The Kolb movie theater is now an art gallery.
Every couple of months they change the exhibit. 
You might find paintings or photographs or whatever. 
Right now there is an exhibit by the local school children from both here in the canyon and in Leupp. 
Somehow, after taking a dozen photos I finally saw the sign that said "No Photography". 
Ah well, what can I say? 
It was fun seeing some of the art that the kids that we know produced.
I love to visit the Kolb studio. 
I love the building, the location, the view and the attitude the brothers had.

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