Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Take it to the limit.

First off, an update. The garage sale/auction we had at my church this weekend raised $10,000.00 for our mission trip to Costa Rica this summer!!! And this despite over 6 inches of snow Friday night. 6 inches of snow on April 18th! What's up with that?
Anyway, after much delay, I am ready to share about my adventures in the great southwest.
We arrived in Phoenix Friday afternoon and made our way to the hotel in Glendale. It was great to bask in the 80 degree heat after the mid 30's of Seattle. After a little unpacking, we headed over to my mother shipIt was wonderful to be back amongst my people.Old Grampy Jack (my father in-law) had jambalaya, Sweetie Pie had a chicken salad, and I enjoyed the Cheeseburger in Paradise washed down with a fruity drink. A fine start to vacation.
The next morning we headed north. The drive through the desert was cool. The scenery had a stark beauty that took me aback. I would love to return and really explore the area. We arrived at the canyon by mid afternoon and after checking in, we made our way to the rim.
Man, oh man! The Grand Canyon in flat out awesome. It is just big. And then you realize that you are only seeing a small part of it. And then you realize how great God is to have created such a wonder. It is truly humbling. Words cannot describe it and the camera cannot hold it.
The next morning I started out on my trek. My trail went down this ridge line. At the crack of 6:00 am, I was ready to go. Don't I look prepared?
It was a little cold and there was still ice on the trail in the places that do not get much sunlight. I was alone except for a group of students from all over Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. They were really nice and we took pictures for each other at this rest stop. It's a long way down. What was I thinking? Half way down and lookin' good. I'm glad I brought the tripod. A bighorn sheep I met along the way. Finally, the bridge across the Colorado River. At this point, My stride was somewhere between a stagger and crawling. After about three and a half years on the trail I find a very welcome site. They give me my bunk assignment and tell me that the rumors of no water have been greatly exaggerated. I get a shower!!! After a quick phone call to let Sweetie Pie know I lived through the ordeal, it's nap time.
The way up will be covered in my next post.
Thought for the day -
Getting there is half the fun.


Blogger B. said...

Love it and love the pictures!

7:23 PM  
Blogger kay said...

wow! i went to the canyon when i was in high school and it's something you never forget. but i just stood on the edge. you went into it. i'm impressed. love the sheep shot. can't wait to see more!!

7:32 AM  
Anonymous db said...

Bragging rights. That's what it's all about.


9:23 PM  

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