Graffiti on the Grand Canyon


Ah, the scenic majesty of America's national parks: The awe-inspiring natural wonder of Yellowstone, the towering rock faces of Yosemite, the spray-painted graffiti of the Grand Canyon ... wait, what?

It seems a Canadian tourist visiting one of the seven wonders of the natural world decided that he wanted to leave his own mark on the landmark. Four letters into writing his full name, Lucien Lionel Chenier, on the Duck on a Rock formation (a photographers' favorite), he was stopped.

Chenier didn't have much explanation for defacing one of the most iconic places in the world, other than he wanted his kids to be able to see his name in 20 years. Hmmm, is that spelled M-O-R-O-N or J-A-C-K-A-S-S?

Restoration is expected to cost more than $8,000 and will have to be done by a team of specialists who also happen to be rock climbers.

Check out the Ottawa Citizen's report on the incident.