It's the calm places in between the chaos of rapids that lead your eye up and out. From river level you have no idea the size, extravagance and grand-ness of the canyon in its entirety. What you see is magnificent enough, a cacophony of rock from massive boulders to sand beaches. Pancaked layers and twisted slabs, in nutmeg and rust and mauve, faded citron, ash grey and dust. Everywhere dripping salmon to cinnamon, the iron leached reds with a scattering of tenacious greens. Schist, diabase, travertine, dikes and sills, eruptions, intrusions and unconformities. Serenity can be deceptive!