Andrew de Wet first visted the Grand Canyon in March of 2002 while on a geology field trip with a group from his college. de Wet is from South Africa, and had previously visited Namibia’s Fish River Canyon. This was his only mental comparison for the Grand Canyon, which turned out to be far bigger than he had anticipated. Comparing the visit to a near spiritual experience, de Wet marvels at the geology spanning over 1.8 billion years.
- The geologist recalls that the event in question happened in March 2002 on a crisp cool morning when he was on a geology field trip to Arizona.
- It was at Flagstaff, Arizona, that he came across a spectacular sight which he stopped to look at. He had read about it though.
- Namibia’s Fish River Canyon which is affectionately referred to as the mini Grand Canyon which he had witnessed in his home country prepared him for this sight.
“On the national park’s 100th anniversary, a South African–born geologist recalls his first encounter with a spectacular natural wonder”