Below is my opening paragraph of my new book. Tell me if that last sentence is awkward. Should I insert another word between "and" and "steep?" Thanks, everyone. Yesterday, Glenwood Canyon lacked the defiance and ferocity Robert Jaeger craved. Today, it roared. Violent currents thrashed the banks and puked white foam on the floor of majestic sandstoned walls towering above. The day before, water along riverbanks barely covered Robert's boots. Now water swallowed his ankles. The gorge had the potential to manhandle every muscle in his body and transform the young man into a power-rowing machine. Since a rigid work schedule wouldn't permit another chance to whitewater raft for a while, he had to make the most of this opportunity. That included admiring sporadic layers of evergreen striping the canyon's 1,300 foot walls and steep cliffs with their grated edges.