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Scott Thybony's Canyon Commentary: The Night Watch

Nearly 120 meteors an hour streamed across the sky earlier this month during the Geminid meteor shower. It's considered one of most entertaining celestial events for Earthlings because the meteors are so bright and abundant. Writer Scott Thybony decided to view the show from a prehistoric—but undisclosed—site where an ancient meteorite is buried. He has more in his latest Canyon Commentary.

Scott Thybony's Canyon Commentary: 'The Outsider'

As Thanksgiving approaches, commentator Scott Thybony remembers a summer spent with an Inuit family in the Canadian Arctic. The experience was one of different cultures coming together learning what they had in common, and as is often the case, food was a connective thread. Thybony has more in his latest Canyon Commentary.

Scott Thybony's Canyon Commentary: Ghost of a Woman

On this Halloween, commentator Scott Thybony brings us the legend of La Llorona, the Weeping Woman. Stories of her suffering have been told for generations across Latin America and the Southwest. In his latest Canyon Commentary, Scott tells the story Grand Canyon-style.

Canyon Commentary: A Canyon Disappearance

Five years ago, commentator Scott Thybony joined the search for a friend who went missing in the Grand Canyon. He'd been looking for thousand-year-old rock art panels in a remote part of the Canyon ... stories from another world. Whether or not he found them remains a mystery because he never returned. Scott Thybony has more in his latest Canyon Commentary.

Scott Thybony's Canyon Commentary: Elvis Finds God on Route 66

This month marks forty years since Elvis Presley died. But the legendary singer and actor found God long before that...on Route 66 near Winslow, to be exact. Scott Thybony has more in his latest Canyon Commentary.

Scott Thybony's Canyon Commentary: Solstice Watch

Arizona is in the midst of an intense summer heatwave. As uncomfortable as it might be, the summer season, historically, signifies life and growth. Commentator Scott Thybony recently traveled to a summer solstice spot in the Little Colorado River Basin, and brings home the point that summer is deliberate and necessary.

Scott Thybony's Canyon Commentary: Mother of the Desert

Halfway between Las Vegas and Kingman is a roadside café called Rosie's Den. For decades, it's been a place to rest for travelers, outlaws and lost souls. Owner Rosie Larsen took care of them all, no questions asked. Her patrons knew her as the "Mother of the Desert." Commentator Scott Thybony has this tribute to the late proprietress.

Scott Thybony's Canyon Commentary: 'Writers and Rivers'

Novelist Gustave Flaubert reached a frustrating impasse while writing Madame Bovary. So, he wrote to a friend about the struggle, hoping it would fix his writer's block: "What a heavy oar the pen is, and what a strong current ideas are to row in!" Commentator Scott Thybony can relate. He, too, spends a lot of time thinking about writing and rivers, the subjects of this month's Canyon Commentary .

Scott Thybony Commentary: Below Navajo Mountain

"When the flowers bloom ... that in itself is the extension of all life, of all beauty." Those are the words of a Navajo medicine man commentator Scott Thybony met some years ago when winter was on the verge of spring. Through their conversations, he came to understand that landscape is not separate from our own lives. In his latest Canyon Commentary, Thybony takes us back to Navajo Mountain where he learned the changing seasons are one of our greatest teachers.

Scott Thybony Commentary: Deadman Flat

If you've done any exploring around the Southwest, you've probably visited a few places with rather ominous names: "Bloody Basin," "Skull Valley," "The Superstition Mountains." Seems Arizona is full of places named after grim legends. "Deadman Flat" is no exception. It's a place writer Scott Thybony has visited many times. In his latest Canyon Commentary, Thybony tells the tale of how "Deadman Flat" got its name.

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