Conveniently located right between me and my oldest daughter, the Grand Canyon stands as both a perfect meeting point for two people who really, really needed to see each other and an age-old monument to Mother Nature’s majesty.
I mean, really!
We drove up on a brisk morning a few weeks ago and initially had the place to ourselves, which meant we could shuck away the trappings of our current century and travel back as many layers of sediment as our imaginations could take us.
I stood as close to the edge as my height-adverse husband could tolerate, and soaked in the view.
“Well done, Mother Earth,” I thought. “You wear your years so gracefully and, even with all those lines, you’re still a knockout.”
I wondered, as I took in those distinct layers that pre-date all of humanity, what stories they held. And, I thought about what layers we’re currently leaving on the land.
It felt like another reminder to seize as much as we can out of life, because while our time on this earth is very finite, the impression we leave behind lasts forever.
We got right to the celebrations and enjoyed all that Arizona had to offer. We ate fresh tacos and chocolate fudge cake, swam in a pool with a lemon tree canopy, hiked through glorious vistas, played cards, basketball and football and had a wonderful time.
I hope if you haven’t yet that you get the chance to see the Grand Canyon some day and I hope this weekend you can add another layer of joy to you life’s story.