Ain’t it Grand?

I gaze in awe and silence here;  I want to laugh, I find a tear – That irrigates the soul I feel.  O Mother Nature, I would kneel – And clasp and kiss thy mighty hand, And worship in this temple grand.  – Jack Crawford (1847-1917)

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 This week the hubby, the grandson and I escaped to the magnificent Grand Canyon for three days of awe, wonder, and exploration. It’s the grandson’s first time and sadly, our RVs last.

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Costly words like wood rot, delamination and rebuild, will put our first “Irv” out to pasture. After some temporary repairs, she’s going out in style one last time at the glorious Grand Canyon.

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Wednesday morning, we boarded the Orange shuttle and set out to hike the South Kaibab Trail.  It’s my first time descending into the canyon, and who better to explore it with than my favorite hiking buddy, the grandson.

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With extreme heat warnings and the knowledge of a steep trek up,  we decided to break  at “Ooh-Ahh” Point then double back.

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We reached Ooh-Ahh Point–and yes, the views were phenomenal enough to express a few”oohs and aahs” and even a couple “wows.”

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After a snack and a shared Gatorade, we headed back up, heeding some good advice overheard from a dad of two: “take it slow and steady.” And we did.

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We made it back to the top of the canyon. I look forward to returning in cooler weather to attempt Cedar Ridge or Skeleton Point, but for now, I’ll enjoy a cushy, air-conditioned seat on the shuttle back to the campground!

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A Reprieve from the Heat

My beloved is the mountains, And lonely wooded valleys, And resounding rivers, the whistling of love-stirring breezes, The tranquil night, At the time of rising dawn, Silent music, Sounding solitude, The supper that refreshes and deepens love – St. John of the Cross

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Just over an hour from home lies a lovely escape from the never-ending, sweltering Lake Havasu summer heat.  Blessings to Ted at Chase Bank for revealing this cooler by 20- degrees oasis to this new-to-the-area grandma.

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A couple nights in this cabin at the Hualapai Mountain County Park did this confined and restless Grandma some good! Did I mention the 80+ degree temps?  I’m in heaven.

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The park offers over ten miles of trails, with elevations ranging from 4984 to 8417 feet. My sidekick City Boy and I are all set to discover the trails.  We stopped at the Stonestep Overlook, elevation 6,850 feet,  for lunch before heading back down to the cabin.

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This girl stopped to check me out as I assessed another cabin (i.e, peeking in the window ).  Imagine my surprise being caught being nosy by a passing elk.

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Taking advantage of an early morning wake up.  I truly did not want to go home, back to the 110+ weather. Although I enjoy the desert and its solitude, I’m realizing now that “my beloved is the mountains.”