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Last year my family and I hiked to the bottom of Grand Canyon. Carrying a 30-pound pack for four hours down rocky and hoof-pocked dirt trails takes a toll on the body but, man, was it worth it! Since my husband is a geologist, we enjoyed the added bonus of learning about nature's forces, how the river cut through the landscape to scour the rocks and expose millions of years of strata.
I bought a detailed map, a cross section of Grand Canyon. The different layers of sandstone, limestone and shale on the map are but a dull snapshot compared to the brilliant colors of the gorge when the sun spills over its cliff faces. Or how those colors look against the backdrop of a fresh snowfall and a brilliant blue sky like they did the morning we hiked out. Close-up you'll see the marine fossils like the crinoids and brachiopods. There are imprints of dragonfly wings and leaves, and the footprints of centipedes and scorpions.
That layering reminds me of a finely-crafted novel. On the surface, the plot, setting and characters make us want to take a closer look. The jacket copy and cover design sell us the story, promising excitement and intrigue. Only through reading do we discover the layers revealing motivations, character flaws, and revelations. The real story is in the details.