The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be and that God wishes to see people happy, amidst the simple beauty of nature. I firmly believe that nature brings solace in all troubles. ~Anne Frank~
Sunday, September 5th – Bryce Canyon National Park
Where have I been all my life?! While I reflect back on my many corporate years, sitting behind a desk, I could easily berate myself for letting life slip away as I look at the breathtaking beauty of this land of red rocks and fabulous architecture. Why did it take me so long to experience all that I now see around me, when it was right outside my back door for so many years? I vow to not look back but ahead at what is to come.
Sunday morning dawned clear and with the promise of a beautiful day for hiking the canyon. We opted for the Queen’s Garden/Peekaboo Loop, a 6.5 mile venture into an ancient land of hoodoos, fins, and the Wall of Windows. As we hiked down into the canyon, we experienced a 360 degree view of red rock and limestone spires reaching up into the deepest cerulean blue sky we had ever seen. Although this was a well-traveled trail, it seemed that if you stood perfectly still, you could almost hear the whispers of the spirits who passed through these parts centuries ago. It was a very humbling experience and a somewhat difficult hike at times for someone who had not slept much the night before.
Enjoy the slideshow of pictures that is Terry’s contribution to this adventure!