06/11/2011 11:56 am ET | Updated Aug 10, 2011

Weekend Essay: Trevails Of The Grand Canyon's One-Eyed Squirrel

It was a mid-July morning during my fifth summer on Grand Canyon National Park's trail crew, and I arrived at the worksite on the South Kaibab Trail to find an old woman -- memory casts her with doughy white skin and frumpy teal-colored clothes -- perched on a rock on the side of the trail. She was quite contentedly scattering sunflower seeds about her, and amid the seeds, practically sitting on her lap, hastily shoving the booty into its wadded cheeks, was the One-Eyed Squirrel of Ooh-Aah Point.

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