You know those moments, the ones full of wonder and awe? The moments when you feel both incredibly small and remarkably lucky to see and experience and know the things you do? I know many people feel those moments often with their children, I know I do sometimes with brand new babies or a particularly delightful moment with a niece, nephew, or one of my stepkids. More often than not, however, I feel those moments in the great outdoors, exploring mountains and wild places where it is quiet and full of the Great Everything.
On one of the many trips between Salt Lake and Arizona last year I stopped at the Grand Canyon and watched a storm roll over the canyons and ridges. It was mostly quiet, a few off-season tourists, and I could smell the rain and feel the strength of the storm in the wind.
It was one of the most delightful moments, the kind that fill you up to your brim and let all the heart-healing goodness slop down your sides. Sometimes I forget how much I desperately need moments like that, the ones that heal your soul and give you a little push in the right direction. Whether those moments are with mountains or babies I want to actively seek those opportunities this year.
And if that means a solo trip back to a lonely spot in the Grand Canyon, so be it.
Wow. Gorgeous. I’ve been to the Grand Canyon, but not the North rim. It’s an awe inspiring place, for sure.
This was my first time on the North Rim, watching that storm roll through was glorious!! There were parts of the rim I wandered past that were so covered in fog you had no idea the canyon was right there!
On Fri, Jan 8, 2016 at 7:04 AM, Feisty Harriet wrote:
Yes. I need those moments too. Especially in nature and solitude!
YES! Absolutely yes.
Beautiful! I have never been to the Grand Canyon but it is high on my list of places to go!
I heard so many people say “it’s just a big hole” and that it wasn’t worth the trip. My first visit was a detour on an already 12 hour drive, and I couldn’t stay very long. All those “big hole” people are dead wrong. It is stunning. I’d love to go hiking down in the gorges and finger canyons, good news is that now it’s fairly close! (A few hours vs the whole dang day of driving.)
On Fri, Jan 8, 2016 at 9:52 AM, Feisty Harriet wrote:
There are so many worse things you could do with your life than make time for solitude and beauty.
Thank you. Yes. This.
On Fri, Jan 8, 2016 at 10:23 AM, Feisty Harriet wrote:
I love those moments, too. I’ve yet to get to the Grand Canyon, but oh do I want to go.
Call me when that happens!! I can TOTALLY meet you there! 🙂
On Fri, Jan 8, 2016 at 8:03 PM, Feisty Harriet wrote:
Those photos….!! *heart eyes*
Beautiful pictures! I love those moments!! I really love hiking, and definitely feel them a lot when seeing just beautiful things out in nature… You and I are a lot alike I think.
Thank you! I also think we have a lot of similarities, yay for the Internet for bringing together two Awesomes of like minds! 🙂
On Mon, Jan 25, 2016 at 12:52 PM, Feisty Harriet wrote:
Beautiful! I’ve been to the Grand Canyon (South Rim and the river) several times, but this will be the year I visit the North Rim…I can’t wait!
Oooooh! How exciting! I’ve been to both North and South rims, but have never spent much time there. I’d love to go camping for a few days and really get to explore!