|Saturday, July 3, 1976: My family and I drove from our home in Minnesota to Santa Fe, New Mexico, for a brief visit. This unassuming structure is the New Mexico State Capitol building.
|This is the beautiful Santa Fe Opera building, built in 1968. Sadly, it was torn down and replaced in 1997.
|Sunday, July 4, 1976: The next day, we arrived at the Grand Canyon and I was instantly in love. I had been here in 1964 before my second birthday, but this was my first visit where I would remember being here. Here I am at Mather Point near the Grand Canyon Visitor Center.
|From Mather Point, I got my first glimpse of the Colorado River, which became a lifelong obsession.
|My father liked to take panorama photos by taking two back-to-back shots that could be taped together. The lighting and coloring didn't always cooperate, but you get the idea. This is the view from South Rim at Grand Canyon Village, most likely around the El Tovar Hotel.
|Here's my mom at Hopi Point facing west.
|This panorama was taken at Mojave Point.
|Here's Pima Point with its larger view of the Colorado River. Side note: This day was July 4, 1976, which was America's Bicentennial. My brother and I were a little annoyed about spending the biggest fireworks night of the century in a national park where fireworks are prohibited, but 42 years later, it made it really easy to piece together the exact dates these photos were taken.
|Monday, July 5, 1976: After an overnight in Grand Canyon Village at the Maswik Lodge, we did more sightseeing. Here is the view from the South Rim near Thunderbird Lodge.
|Same view, but looking slightly farther east.
|Here's Yavapai Point facing northeast.
|Here I am at Yaki Point. These rocks are now behind railings so recreating this photo will never happen.
Here's my brother Doug at Desert View Watchtower, our last stop of the day before heading south to visit our grandparents in the northern Phoenix area.
We returned two years later for a Colorado River trip.
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