A Big Hole In The Ground

That is what my daughter so fondly calls the Grand Canyon. She might be a bit jaded, because she had to drive there several times a week for a year, while working at the Canyon medical clinic. Speaking of which, guess what is the most common reason people go to the medical clinic? Let me help you out by giving you a multiple choice option:

  1. Dehydration
  2.  Abrasions from trail hiking
  3.  The common cold
  4.  Injuries from a squirrel attack.

If you guessed #4 you are correct!! There is a reason there are signs posted everywhere that say ” Please don’t feed the squirrels” .  Too many visitors ignored this sign and have fed these creatures for years. Now these little rascals have developed an insatiable appetite for human food and will literally attack you if you dare to try to feed them something healthy. Okay, that is probably not true. But it is true that they bite and it is true that it is the number one cause of  injury seen at the Grand Canyon clinic.

Now on to the point. If you have not seen this incredible “hole in the ground” you must put it on your destination wish list. If you have visited before you need to come again and do a tour with Canyon Ministries. Every season has its own astounding beauty. There is no right or wrong time to visit the Grand Canyon! However there is a right and a wrong time to hike the Grand Canyon, in my humble opinion! I will save that for another post.

Several weeks ago my daughter, my Mom, and I took a Sunset Tour with Canyon Ministries. Our tour guide , Nate Loper, ( Follow Nate on Twitter ) was simply amazing. He does tours 5-6 days a week and says, “I never get bored” and “There is always something new to see”. His enthusiasm is contagious and his knowledge of the park was impressive.  He shared the latest scientific theory on how the Grand Canyon was formed, among other very fascinating facts. He also knew all the best places and times to take photographs in the park.  I can’t wait to another tour with him again. Maybe a 9 day river tour!

Check out this company and book something soon!  You will be so glad you did!

Canyon Ministries

Here is a glimpse of the few sites we saw  during the tour:



I will leave you with this as the last image in your head as you plan your trip to the Grand Canyon!_DSC0179

Catching My Breath

I have to admit, I really enjoyed reading Karen’s recent post, Snow Hiking. You know, the one about where’s she’s been and what she’s been up to these past few months? And how about her artwork? Seriously, who knew she had such talent?! Definitely not me, but I’ve totally enjoyed seeing her creations.

Just reading her post made me start thinking about my own absence from our blog and why I’ve stepped down for so long. Perhaps it’s just personal therapy, but I feel compelled to write my own account of ‘Where’s Waldo” (or is it Walda?). Maybe some will identify with me and reply with their own experiences. And maybe not. But really, the next few paragraphs are mostly for me, so sit back and enjoy the ride.

First and foremost, I haven’t been doing nothing. I’ve at least been hiking multiple times, cross-country skiing once, and an awesome day of down-hill skiing. And, with the exception of down-hill skiing, I even have a collage of pictures to prove it.

And when the snow dumped and dumped for days, with no relief in sight… we threw down our shovels, kicked it into 4WD, and headed for the middle of nowhere!

Cuz nothing beats FIRST TRACKS!


And I’ve been traveling.

A Lot.

Florida, Wisconsin, Washington, Nevada, and more visits to Phoenix than I care to count. 


Then there’s that lengthy period of soul-searching, in which I found myself immersed again and again. Not because I’m trying to find myself, mind you. That would be selfseeking, not soul-searching, right? And most of the time I’d be better off to lose myself, as the overwhelming presence of me is usually what is wrong with my life. But don’t worry, I won’t get heavy on you. Suffice it to say, I’ve been reassessing my direction in life. A course-correction, you might call it. A much-needed, and on-going one, at that.

All things considered, it’s been an awesome eight months. And I’m glad to be back!

Happy Trails!