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Travel with The Planetary Society!
Discover the
& see the Annular Solar Eclipse

May 14-21, 2012

Dear Members & Friends:

Come join us as we explore the spectacular Canyonlands and see the Annular Solar Eclipse over the Grand Canyon, May 20, 2012!

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With the superb leadership of a geological expert and naturalist, we will explore the dramatic wonderlands of Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, and the Grand Canyon, including a half-day float trip on the Colorado River.

Our adventure begins in Las Vegas. We will then depart for Zion National Park and the St. George Dinosaur Discovery site where hundreds of tracks were found in 2000. A land of exceptional scenic grandeur, Zion includes an exciting desert plant community and pinyon-juniper woodland. It is the lowest in elevation of the three parks we will visit (at approximately 4,000 feet) and represents a significant chapter in the geologic story of the Southwest.

From Zion, we will head to Bryce Canyon National Park, an erosional fantasy of crumbling cliffs, spires, and pinnacles in rich colors, named after the original Mormon pioneer settler. A series of erosional amphitheaters on the southeast edge of a plateau, Bryce possesses intricate sculptures due to weathering by wind, running water, and frost. The rim at Bryce is from 8,000-9,000 feet. At night, the skies are a feast of stars because of the exceptionally clear skies.

The excitement will build today as we drive southeast from Bryce to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. We will drive through great forests of lodgepole and ponderosa pines as you approach the Grand Canyon. The splashes of color on the landscape en route are just a teaser of what awaits you! We will explore the rim and enjoy the fantastic views.

From Page, we will enjoy a half-day float trip from Glen Canyon Dam along the upper part of the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon. (This is on gentle water!) We will travel on a 22-passenger inflatable motorized river raft for 15 miles down the Colorado River. This river-level view of the canyon will be a delightful experience, and will include a short hike to see ancient petroglyphs.

We will also explore the geologic and ecologic significance of the Grand Canyon at the South Rim with more fantastic views and nature walks.

This trip will culminate with the Annular Solar Eclipse over the Grand Canyon... a once in a lifetime opportunity! We invite you to join us!

Bill Nye
The Science Guy®
Executive Director

$3,695 plus air.

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