Break me into bigger pieces, so some of me is home with you.

Grand Canyon sunrise

Across the room, the shining red digits of the clock taunted my restlessness.

2:57 am

“Just close your eyes, the more you dwell on it the less you’ll sleep,” I told myself.  I drifted in and out of consciousness for what seemed like hours and gave myself permission to check the clock again.

3:12 am

Damn it.

On the other side of the bed I could sense a similar sleepless agitation from Joan. We tossed and turned for a while longer, with the optimistic hope that sleep would come and give us passage to a more reasonable hour of the morning. “Want to get up and catch the sunrise at the Canyon?” I asked sarcastically.

A long pause.

“Umm…yeah!  Let’s do it!”

We had already been planning on taking a day-trip to hike around the Grand Canyon.  Sure, we weren’t planning on leaving for another seven hours, but what the heck?  Neither of us was really getting any rest.  How cool would a sunrise at the 7th natural wonder of the world be?

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Turns out, really cool.

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Yes, I look incredibly smug in this picture.

We found an excellent perch away from the crowds and prepared ourselves for a breathtaking dawn.

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We were started cold but knew the sun’s warmth would soon be upon us.

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And in came the sunshine…

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Sunshine!  Woohoo!!

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Boom!

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The sun began to spread, showering the landscape in light.

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As the the day began, so did our hike.

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Signs warned of the dangers of heatstroke.

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The trail crisscrossed and lead us down, down, down.

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Cheerful morning hike!

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A look back at where we started.

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Walls all lined up.

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Desert beauty.

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Deadwood.  Ooooor live wood.

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The return trip.  All uphill from here.

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Adventures need good partners.  I’ve got the best.

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The view from the top is much different from being down on the Colorado River.  This was my first trip to the rim of the big ditch, and Joan’s second (but first in adult life.)  In case I’m stating the obvious, it’s enormous.  Like, really, really big.  Friends, come and visit us and we’ll got check it out.  Seriously, it’s only 90 minutes from our house.  How crazy is that?

Here’s to making yourself feel small once in a while.  Cheers.

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7 responses

  1. I’ve only seen the Grand Canyon from 30,000 feet up. Looks awesome from any angle!

    January 17, 2014 at 10:42 am

    • How about skydiving from 30,000 ft above the Grand Canyon, landing on the rim and hiking down to board a raft…? Mind blown!

      January 17, 2014 at 10:48 am

      • That sure would blow my mind…among other things!

        January 17, 2014 at 11:02 am

  2. Kathy Garcia AKA Mom

    Going for the sunrise was a good call. Awesome beauty!! Thanks for sharing pictures.

    January 18, 2014 at 1:12 pm

  3. Trisha Grant

    Stunning views. I am in awe of the beauty. G…were you really on the very edge in the second photo?!

    January 19, 2014 at 8:37 pm

    • No Trishy, of course I wasn’t on the edge! My middle name is “Safety”, after all! 😉

      January 20, 2014 at 5:22 pm

  4. Joansie

    Could I be more lucky?! Don’t think so! love you Danger!

    January 20, 2014 at 9:32 am

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