Finally! I’ve been waiting 43 years to get here. Let me explain…when I was 19 my friend Kathy Chalmers and I left Detroit in a VW Bug on a road trip to see the USA. We headed west on Hwy 80 and camped near Omaha the first night. We woke up in the middle of the night to a serious rain storm, a completely soaked tent, soakedsleeping bags and suitcases. To make matters worse, the wind had snapped a tent pole and the tent was coming down on us. That was the beginning of our misadventures on that trip. There were many more but I’ll cut to the reason we didn’t make it to the Grand Canyon. We were touring Arches National Park near Moab, Utah and it was 110 degrees. The Bug didn’t have air conditioning and we had a cooler in the back seat with food in it. We ended up eating the food that evening and woke up in the middle of the night feeling terrible. We ended up in the emergency room in Moab with food poisoning. Then we rented a motel room and stayed for three days to recover. We decided we better head north in search of cooler weather and did not go to the Grand Canyon as planned. I’ve wanted to go there ever since that trip.
What can you say about the Grand Canyon? Grand doesn’t begin to describe it. It actually didn’t look real to me. Looked like a photograph or like I was in the Truman Show. It was so beautiful and just reinforces how awesome Mother Earth is and the power of water. The canyon wouldn’t be there without the Colorado River. The weather was in the 60s and perfect for walking along the south ridge of the canyon. Later when we work our way back west, we will visit the north rim.
While in Sedona we learned that one proof of a energy vortex is the way the bark on a tree grows in a spiral pattern…twisted around the tree. Well wouldn’t you know it we came across a tree on the Ridge Trail at the Grand Canyon. Ralph said, “I knew that was B.S.”. I think he may be right!
Our friend’s John and Jan were with us for a few hours before heading north to Page. It was nice to be able to spend a couple of days with them.
While we were walking around we heard many different languages from foreign tourists. It’s wonderful to have travelers from other countries coming here and spending money. We certainly spend enough in their countries.
When we returned home from the Canyon (about a 60 mile ride) we passed six or seven mule deer feeding just a few feet off the road. Ralph made sure he didn’t experience any “de je vue” deer encounters and passes them quietly! When we got back we did laundry and packed up for the next leg to Albuquerque 350 miles east of Williams.
Still living the dream.