Solbit Wanders Magical Canyonlands on a Cloudy Day

Dear Nicalai,

Do you have any idea the strength of water?  Yes, that stuff you drink, bathe in, and that just slops through your hands into the sink and disappears down the drain.  I never, never thought of water as having strength.  Muscles have strength, dynamite has strength, but I thought water was just a weak liquid.  Wrong.

When Nona and Papa took me to a national park called Canyonlands, I learned about the amazing strength of water.  Canyons opened my eyes to what water can do.

Oh, I read this on Wikipedia: Author Edward Abbey, a frequent visitor, described the Canyonlands as “the most weird, wonderful, magical place on earth—there is nothing else like it anywhere.”

When you see rocks in the distance like those in my photo, you’ve got to ask yourself a question, “How did those rocks get like that?”  Papa says that asking yourself questions and seeking answers to them might be the best part of growing up, although he liked riding his bike, too.  So, that’s when I popped my question, “How did those rocks get like that, Papa?” He replied with a question, “What do you think, Solbit?” He does that a lot.

Meanwhile, Nona’s thoughts were up in the clouds.

Nona, our photographer-in-chief, says that she likes cloudy-day lighting for photos — not for lightening but for lighting.

Girl, I like clouds too, but no way clouds made these deep gouges in the earth that we call canyons.  “Nona, let’s forget the clouds and focus, please,” I appealed to her.  “Let’s think about my question, what made these canyons and these towers of rocks?”

Papa and I like cloudy-day lighting for hiking. He doesn’t get so sunburned, and I don’t get more orange than I already am.

That’s when Nona and Papa chimed in together, “Clouds, Solbit.  Clouds drop water on the ground. Clouds begin to answer your question. Now, tell us, what happens after the water hits the ground?”

Well, I knew the answer to that.  The ground soaks up the water. “Yes, but, Solbit, what if there’s too much water to soak up?” I knew! Then we get creeks and rivers and waterfalls where the water moves.  “Right. Rivers like the Colorado and the Green Rivers. Now, what makes the water move?”  Gravity? I asked.  “Yes, and over millions of years, what does that moving water do to the ground and the rock?” It gets worn away, right? “Right!”

Just imagine how may strong bulldozers and workers it would have taken to make these canyons and towers.  Couldn’t be done.  No way! But water did that.  Well, water and gravity.

Papa led the way through this deep slot in the rocks. Water and gravity carved out this lovely place.  We enjoyed going into places like this and being surprised by what we saw on the other side.

Canyonlands is full of surprises…all thanks to water and gravity! What a great day we had wandering around the canyons and asking questions.  Just one of my best days ever, magical.


I’m your friend.






May 2017

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  • You may be asking yourself, “Who is Solbit?” Solbit is a fictional character, but she is a real plastic dinosaur, sent to us unsolicited in a package we ordered from Photojojo. So, she’s a plastic jurassic. Solbit is short for the four names given her by our grandchildren: Sparkle, Orangie, Lulu, Breakit. We tend to use her given names for when she’s been naughty. Thank you for visiting Tales of a Plastic Jurassic. Solbit likes company and hopes you’ll come back.
  • You can learn more about Solbit at her About page and in the earlier posts, “Solbit: How I Got My Name” and “Solbit: How I Got to Travel.”