Sunday, December 20, 2009

Day 93 November 21, 2009 Grand Canyon!

Saturday, November 21, 2009-Day 93
“For this is what America is all about. It is the uncrossed desert and the unclimbed ridge. It is the star that is not reached and the harvest sleeping in the unplowed ground. Is our world gone? We say ‘farewell.’ Is a new world coming? We welcome it – and we will bend it to the hopes of man.”-Lyndon B. Johnson
Today was perhaps the most interesting wake up time and process yet since waking up with ECOEE. What time was it? Five, Six? What about midnight? Oh how technology can fails us when relied upon as our phones read pacific time even though we were in the mountain time region. So we woke up a little late needless to say and in order to keep to schedule, plans for a cooked breakfast were scrapped and our days’ chef, Josh Boyer, made some peanut butter and jelly from scratch, JUST KIDDING.
After breakfast it came time to officially hit the road for our final trip destination, the Grand Canyon. It really was crazy to sit in the van before my siesta and think of all the places we have been and things we have done and how this really is the last thing on our list and how fitting that it is a huge hole in the ground as when ECOEE is all said and done there will be a similar felling sized hole in my mind that this trip once filled. So now onward we go with no turning back except in the form of memories, from Canada, to Yellowstone, to the Tetons, to Yosemite, to Joshua Tree, to Baja, California and on to Grand Canyon.
Soon on our van ride we had to stop for groceries and lunch in the parking lot in good ol’ tailgating fashion. Food through our stay in the canyon was purchased including cold cuts for lunch which helped us avoid a two meal day of peanut butter and jelly.
“Each of us has a spark of life inside us, and we must set off that spark in one another.”-Kenny Ausubel
Finally we arrived at camp in the canyon and set up our portable homes in the form of tents, this is a change from sleeping under starlight as the low temperature for the day was 18 degrees. This excitingly was my first night in Peppermint Patty due to the girls of the group routinely inhabiting the tent, and not a moment to soon! At three we journeyed to the visitors center and took notes for our critiques that we will be hammering out the next few days. Included in this trip was a lookout of the south rim which was awe-inspiring. I cannot wait to see more of what the Grand Canyon has to offer.
“Nature never repeats herself, and the possibilities of one human soul will never be found in another.”- Elizabeth Cady Stanton.

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