Sunsets, Sunrises, and Sprinkles of Enjoyment

19 Aug

I wanted to watch the sunset and feel that moment of exhale marking the end of the day.  I wanted to see the sun in the early morning and feel the tranquility of the quiet among the warmth and nature.

And the Grand Canyon gave it to me in the best way.

After our little adventure in Radiator Springs we took the train to the Grand Canyon and that was the second part of our adventure. The kids hadn’t ridden the train before and it was a great way for them to travel and see the landscape. Now there was a mix-up with the reservations, and in truth, that burned me out. They gave us the wrong car, when we had actually paid more to be in a different car, but the kids didn’t seem to mind, and in the end we were reimbursed and our reservations on the return trip were secured. Those small details were just that … small. The kids were busy enjoying the ride itself, the thought of being on vacation,  on a train, and the adventure of travel.

And so to break away from the mood, I looked out the window and got lost in the scenery. It’s a good way to travel, especially with kids, and especially after the long drive to across state lines.


When the train pulled up to the station and we walked onto the platform being there, knowing that we had made it, felt good. We roamed around a bit before heading toward a viewpoint … an amazingly breathtaking viewpoint cast with clouds and shadows and the cool sprinkles of monsoon season.

Experiencing the Canyon during rain and lightning is a pretty amazing way to meet nature. It was a welcomed change from the 100-degree heat I was experiencing.  So I was one of the few people standing out in the rain, letting the drops hit me, checking out the Canyon, and breathing in the fresh air.

Now when the lightning began to pick up every few minutes, I thought it would be safer to catch that show from the safety of the bus, as did my kids, and the rest of the family. We cruised through the Rim of the Canyon and made it to the cabin to relax a bit before dinner and sunset watch. The rain was only supposed to last few hours so the sunset would still be an awesome moment for us.

And I don’t know what it is about sunsets that makes me find Zen in them, they happen every day. Maybe it’s the fact that all kinds of pinks, purples, and orange shades fill the sky and enhance your surroundings. It’s a call for the end of the day and for things to wind down. It’s a call to remember that the day is done, and now you take a moment for gratitude.


Just amazing…

So we sat there at the edge, overlooking the Canyon, watching the sun go down, taking our pictures and having a moment worthy of the Awesome Jar. We walked through the trail to the outdoor amphitheater and listened to one of the Nightly Nature Ranger Talks. That night we learned about the amazing vertical leap and long jump capabilities of the the Mountain Lion. Even if you think you’re far enough or high enough … you’re not. That Mountain Lion will catch you if it wants to … luckily most times it doesn’t want to.

Now I really enjoyed the sunset and evening lecture, but I was looking forward to the early morning run along the Rim. Being up that early, surrounded by the quiet, and awesomeness of the Canyon filled me with peace and awe. It was the kind of morning where nature and the Great Outdoors affects you, where if you’re feeling a little lost you manage to find your way, where you realize things are possible.  It tells you that today was no accident, today there was a purpose.

I found gratitude during moments of sunset and sunrise and that helped set the tone for the rest of the adventure. The days were filled with hikes, fossil walks, Native American Dancing, visiting landmarks, getting Junior Ranger badges, purchasing souvenirs, and exploring the rest of The Canyon.

It was a good adventure, the kind of good you needed because it was missing for a little bit, the kind of good you still feel after you’ve left someplace because that someplace still gives you peace during chaos, the kind of good that leaves sprinkles of enjoyment throughout the rest of the month when you close your eyes and remember.

Buen Camino, my friends.



7 Responses to “Sunsets, Sunrises, and Sprinkles of Enjoyment”

  1. ksbeth August 20, 2018 at 4:57 AM #


    • The Guat August 31, 2018 at 6:10 PM #

      It was definitely a great trip! With all those family personalities I was worried, but everyone got something awesome out of the mini vacation:)

  2. Sorryless August 20, 2018 at 5:15 AM #

    You truly immersed yourself in the Canyon! I would’ve loved that morning run as well, but my God . . you’re gonna be spoiled by it! lol.
    So beautifully written, as per usual.

    • The Guat August 31, 2018 at 6:21 PM #

      Duuuuuuuude I was totally deflated when I came back to my normal run around the park. I was like maaaaaaan … that Canyon had some fresh air and awesome landscape. Missing that morning moment of Zen. You would DIG it there! Thanks for the high five and for stopping by … have a great weekend 🙂

      • Sorryless August 31, 2018 at 6:53 PM #

        I can imagine the regular ole run ain’t gonna be the same after a run around that park, lol. Love the morning Zen, so much.

  3. Jackie Cangro August 26, 2018 at 8:40 AM #

    The Grand Canyon: Epicenter of Zen! What a wonderful trip!

    • The Guat August 31, 2018 at 6:25 PM #

      Oh. My. God. It was total Zen! I wanted to bottle that up and have a break-in-case-of-emergency bottle for when I needed a pick-me-up. You would really enjoy the whole scene. It was a very well-needed trip. I felt so good about that adventure:) hope you’re doing well and having many little adventures yourself!

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