Solitude. Adventure. Copper ore. Whatever Louis Boucher hoped to find in the unexplored depths of Arizona’s Grand Canyon, it is now nearly as historic - unavailable – as the hermit himself. With over 5 million people visiting this National Park a year, individuals struggle to abandon the crowds for a bit of Boucher’s peace and isolation.
Boucher, a mysterious figure from Quebec, came to the canyon in 1891 and staked out an existence as prospector and trail guide. Boucher is noted as the only ‘white’ man to live permanently in the canyon, alone in Hermit Creek Basin.
We are one of a few hundred tourists today; but I – with my boyfriend, Hadyn, and companions James and Amanda - find our own humbling, awe-inspiring scenes by renting bikes and riding to an outlook named after the exploratory Canadian.