Glen Canyon Lecture Series Presents
“The Grandest Muse: The Colorado River Through Grand Canyon” by Christa Sadler
Friday May 11, 2012, 6:30 p.m. (Mountain Standard Time) at Carl Hayden Visitor Center at Glen Canyon Dam
This is a special presentation in conjunction with the opening of the new exhibit “The Colorado: River of Possibilities” which will be on display at Carl Hayden Visitor Center.
The Colorado River has been explored, studied and contested, painted, photographed and written about by Europeans for almost 500 years. The river has inspired and provoked, terrified and humbled us from the moment we first found our way to its waters. The river and her canyon are celebrated as the subjects of hundreds of books, thousands of articles and perhaps millions of photographs. Yet despite our familiarity with the place, a trip down the Colorado River through Grand Canyon remains one of the great voyages on our planet. Although the trip is no longer the sole purview of intrepid explorers, scientists and imaginative entrepreneurs, a new breed of traveler continues to find inspiration on these waters. From two billion year old geology to endangered fish, river travelers are inspired to learn about the past, present and future of this landscape and our planet as a whole; through the beauty of place and challenges to self, travelers learn about courage, community and compassion-lessons that often extend far beyond the river. Join veteran Grand Canyon river guide Christa Sadler on a photographic journey down the river to learn about the powerful lessons of place that the river imparts.
Christa Sadler has worked in the outdoors in one form or another for more than twenty years. She is a river guide, geologist, educator, writer, and naturalist with a serious addiction to rivers, deserts, and mountains. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Physical Anthropology and Archeology from the University of California at Berkeley, and her Master’s degree in Earth Sciences from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona. Beyond he more than twenty years working as a naturalist and guide throughout the American Southwest as well as to Alaska, Baja California and Ecuador, Christa’s adventures have included research in archaeology, geology, and paleontology across much of the globe, including searching for dinosaurs in Montana, fighting off dust storms and overly curious camels in the Gobi Desert of Mongolia, and steering clear of annoyed marine iguanas in the Galapagos Islands.