Lately here in the PNW we have been hindered by an abundance of smoke, and the air quality is supposed to be worse here than anywhere on the earth from what experts are reporting. I’ve been experiencing itchy and burning eyes, and headaches. I hope we get some cleaner air soon. Here’s to better days and clearer skies!
Ive always been on the search for the perfect travel partner. But what I’ve been realizing is traveling with 15 different people this year has allowed me an input into each persons lives and backgrounds and how they see the world. It has opened me to new ideas and opinions and has helped me better understand why some people make the choices they do. You truly never know why people make the decisions that they do and you must try to understand them rather than judge them for it. We’re all just out here trying to have a good day.
Another on what may be a short series of black and white Grand canyon posts... This was one of the last pictures I took before leaving via the east side of the park. It is also one of the few times I was able to see the river at the bottom of the canyon, which was cool. As much as I enjoy reediting old photos, I really want to get a fresh set soon!
At every National Park we stopped at, we’d head to the information station and ask for Jr. Ranger Books for the boys. These are activity books that focus on teaching kids about that park, and upon completion, they get sworn in as a Jr. Ranger and receive a badge. My favorite activity from all of the books was found in the one from Theodore Roosevelt National Park. The instructions were as follows: “Find a soft piece of ground free of cactus and animal poop. Lie on your back and close your eyes. Put your fist up in the air. Every time you hear a sound, stick a finger up. When you get all 5 fingers up, sit up and list what you heard on the lines below. Look at your list. Circle the sounds that belong in a wilderness and put an X through the ones that don’t.” We decided to do this activity during our Buck Hill hike, and little did we know how hard it would be when you’re so high up and removed from the main hustle and bustle that you’re used to. After quite some time, I finally got all five fingers up, thanks to a solo bee that buzzed by. The other sounds on my list included, the wind, grass crunching under me, a fly and my camera shutter. I can’t tell you the last time I literally laid in the grass in complete silence and just listened in stillness. I highly recommend this activity to anyone who’s feeling a bit overwhelmed.
The next morning, the boys brought their books to the ranger station for review and approval. Colin was most impressed with the HUGE approved stamp they received, in addition to being sworn in and receiving a badge. All their hard work paid off!