Well, let’s start with being on the road for 5 months. A few days ago we were looking through our website at the albums we’ve put up and Sherry exclaimed, ‘Wow, we really have done a lot in just five months!’.
It really is pretty exciting to look back and realize all that we have seen and accomplished while roaming the country. It is also shocking for us to think that we are nearly half way through our 1 year plan to be on the road. Have we talked about our plans after a year? You betcha! We are honestly torn between continuing our travels and settling down (according to our original plan). As we have traveled, we have realized there is so much more to see in so many of the places we have visited. Despite spending nearly three months in Montana and exploring Glacier NTL Park, we want to go back. We feel we only scratched the surface. We barely touched the Badlands or the Grand Canyon…. What a dilemma to have. LOL. Well, we will have to see what the next 7 months bring in our direction. It is so cliché to say this, but the last five months have helped us find ourselves. We have a deeper appreciation of each other and the great diversity of our nation.
One of the best parts of this journey has been meeting so many people and having some great conversations! Not just the locals, but fellow tourists from all over the world. At Old Faithful we met a family from England traveling the country after attending a wedding. In Montana we met many people from the couple back country camping to the families who are full timers with their children. Let us not forget all of you in internet land. Some family and friends, but many more we met since starting this journey through our blogs or yours. Discovering this full time community has been a fun experience of its own. Thanks to everyone for your encouragement, funny comments and suggestions, and following our growth as full-timers. 🙂
On to the Grand Canyon. OK, this was a spot Sherry was dying to get to and she was so excited to be able to ride the train into the Canyon (see the blog before this one for a video of the experience). When we arrived in Williams, our plan had been to explore, take the train and then rush off to our next stop. All in about three days. Well, we changed those plans and decided to take a full week in Williams. That would allow us to visit the canyon twice and see much more of that beautiful area.
Our first trip into the canyon was by train and was amazing. The train ride was a blast, check out our video of the trip. When we arrived at the station, we departed quickly to go to the rim. The view as we walked up was spectacular. The weather was cold, partly cloudy with spot showers. You might think, ‘Yuck’! No, imagine standing at about 7,000 feet, as you approach the rim the reality of the canyon opens up with each step. Deeper and vaster than you can really grasp.
Looking down you realize there are layers and layers of depth and the immensity starts to sink in as clouds stream by below your vantage point. Bringing your eyes up to look across the canyon, the sunlight breaking through the clouds brought out vivid colors, the clouds themselves cast immense shadows and added to the depth. The reality was it gave us some spectacular views as we hiked the rim trail. The sun breaking through the clouds brought out spectacular colors and shadows. Words fail and photos simply don’t capture the majesty and immensity of the site. However, we are trying since we are writing this blog and illustrating it with photos… 🙂
A few days after our first trip, we drove back to hike as much of the rim as possible. Sherry had packed a lunch of chicken gnocchi soup (she is posting a video about how to make it along with the recipe). We spent the entire day exploring the rim from one end to the other and making use of the excellent shuttle service to make sure we hit all the highlights (Sherry said one day she wants a sticker that says “we hiked rim to rim” and for it to be true because we hiked the whole thing from the inside). There were many visitors to the park, but we found that once we were off the shuttle stops and hiking, we saw very few fellow hikers. It gave us great opportunities to stumble across some of the wildlife. A beautiful day for a hike and a fantastic view no matter where we looked.
Returning to the canyon is a must. We have set a goal to do a Rim to Rim hike… So, another reason to continue our travels. 🙂
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