Holes, Rims & The Grand Canyon

Trip Start Jul 03, 2009
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Trip End Aug 16, 2009


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Wednesday, July 8, 2009

I am not an outdoor girl. I never have been and can safely confirm that I never will be. I like comfort, I like knowing where I am, I like the city, I like air conditioning. In my opinion, part of a healthy marriage is having someone there to encourage you through new experiences, to help you see the world in a new and exciting way. I have always appreciated the way that Joe sees nature. Like most things, he wants to know how things got where they are, what kind they are, and of course, already has multiple fact-lets about wherever we are that he is willing to share.

We started our day on Wednesday at a meteor crater and even though at first glance, I could only see it as a massive hole in the ground that we paid $16.00 to see with a bunch of tired-looking cats running around, Joe could see the history there, he helped me to imagine what it might have been like back then.

After a short drive to Flagstaff Arizona we came upon a store advertising a healing bed. As we were about to just walk by, the practicioner or "sound healer" invited us in for a demo.  Imagine a wicker bed set on top of the inner workings of a piano. We each lay down as the man began to chant a prayer. At first it was hard to get onboard and not to laugh, laying on a vibrating piano with an overweight middle-aged man moaning at me, but eventually, Joe and I both drifted off for some relaxing. It was then on to a much needed organic veggie filled breakfast at Macy's Restaurant.

Off to Sedona Arizona, which unfortunately, folks have marred with cheesy development. There are strip malls,t-shirt shops and amusement park misters. We came upon one shop that said “come see the monkeys!” We…or I, was sold and ended up with a salesman attempting to swindle us into a property ownership sales presentation. Before being tempted with free tickets on a helicopter, our shifty salesman explained the vortexes of Sedona to us. We were intrigued enough to check one out. We headed to a female vortex (according to the salesman, the male vortex would give ladies like me “more gumption…”) so Joe could get in touch with his feminine energy (please check out the full video of this experience).  After hiking over some rocks and seeing a pretty creek, we decided that vortexes are phooey but parts of Sedona are still quite beautiful.

Next stop, the Grand Canyon. Not much to say here except that it is truly grand. Pictures can never do it justice (but Joe certainly tried!) After about a six mile hike in the park, we headed to a NY Times recommended restaurant and were completely impressed. We dined at a table overlooking the canyon and both got our fill of fresh vegetables and nothing that involved a french fry.

We ended our day back at one of the many Grand Canyon visitors’ centers. As we were leaving, I heard a little girl taking the Junior Rangers Pledge with a full park ranger and I must admit, this indoor girl got a little choked up. She promised to protect and respect the earth, and even though this indoor girl doesn’t love being outdoors, I can certainly appreciate seeing it through eyes of hope both from my dear husband and that new junior ranger. Stepping off of soap box and rolling into Page Arizona for the evening.
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