I lived in Arizona for two years and up to this date I consider Arizona the most beautiful place I have ever been. The mix of the wide land with Rocky Mountains peaking in the distance invited me to walk and explore the beauty of the Arizona desert.
I found that being in the desert is extremely nourishing for the soul and healing. Even snakes, scorpions, centipedes and tarantulas seem gorgeous to look at from a safe distance.
Roadrunners and Quails gave Arizona a distinguish flair and are deep engraved in my memory. Looking at Horned Lizard getting energized by the sun encouraged me to do the same.
Even the mid summer daily thunderstorms seem to clear my thoughts at times. Arizona is the place to be and to discover.
As a matter of fact everyone should make at least one trip to Arizona.
The Grand Canyon near Flagstaff is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the country. We were passing through one day and planned a two hour visit at the Grand Canyon.
It was raining that day and on our way to the top we drove through areas of burned woods. It looked so dead that I had to pay close attention to discover the beauty of Arizona again. While we looked out of the window we saw deer in the area and I was taken away again by the stunning beauty of creation.
For some reason we ended up at the North Rim. While we didn’t plan it that way we loved that Tourists weren’t crowding us like it would have been on the South Rim. The South Rim is the tourist trap.
It stopped raining when we reached the top. And I remember the droplets of moisture creating the fog. At times we seem to be above the fog which gave the Canyon a mysterious appearance.
I was thrilled being surrounded by so much beauty. On the North Rim they are several cottages visitors can rent. The North Rim has a visitor center and a café. The café has a huge viewing window where you just can sit there and study the many colors of the Grand Canyon.
I never knew brown can be so beautiful especially when it has so many shades and it is broken up by the occasionally grey of grey rocks.
As I said the North Rim is for Hikers and serious people while the South Rim is for tourists. I was dressed like a tourist.
I wore my platform sandals walking around on the many trails which probably ousted me right away as just another tourist. I probably would have looked like everyone else on the South Rim.
Either way my fear of heights gave me away anyway. I constantly held on to the other side of the trail on rocks and tree branches while my children and mother in law were more courageous exploring the overlooks.
My heart was pounding seeing my children all the way to the railing exited to see this magnificent beauty. Other hikers were smiling down at me while I was struggling to keep my balance in these swindling heights.
I felt so small and insignificant thrilled by this radiant beauty surrounding me.
Of course I was relieved when we were all back in the safety of the car, strapped in by seatbelts on our way back to our destination.
In the end this experience of standing at the edge of Grand Canyon reminds me of Chris Tomlin’s song; “How Great is Our God”
Make it a goal to visit Arizona and the Grand Canyon at least once during your life time. You won’t regret it.