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“Base Camp Las Vegas” author Deborah Wall shares hiking tips on “KNPR’s State of Nevada” at

travel Can you hear me now: Grand Canyon-Parashant’s prime asset is its silence.


A moment of silence One of the most prized assets of remote national monument Grand CanyonParashant is — shhhh — the quiet By Andrew Kiraly Photography Christopher smith

“Stop right here!” Eathan McIntyre tells us. So we halt our humble two-vehicle caravan, and now we’re stopped on an unpaved road a dozen or so miles inside the Arizona border. To our right, low hills and scrubland. To our left, low hills and scrubland. No hiking trails or interpretive signs to lend a comforting sense of human sanction. The arbitrariness of stopping here seems absurd. McIntyre, now carrying a small blue duffel bag full of tools and a small orange tote of computer components, strikes off to the left. He is a young scientist who works for the National Park Ser-

vice, but he looks something more like a cable repairman dressed as Crocodile Dundee. And right now he has about him an air of mischief as he starts marching off into the desert. We dutifully follow. We walk along a cow path that meanders around the creosote, being careful not to break the delicate soil. We take a small rise into a dip of more low hills and scrubland. “Tell me when you can see it,” he says. “See it yet?” Ah. There it is: a solar panel winking from the landscape. Next to it is an anemometer — that is, a wind speed sensor, which looks | 33

Desert Companion - November 2012  

Your guide to living in southern Nevada