A Grand Canyon Walk

My parents talked about taking a family vacation to the Grand Canyon when I was ten. Although that trip didn’t work out I never forgot about going there and finally went for a visit a couple of years ago. It was as rugged and spectacular as I had imagined.

As I walked (slowly) on one of the trails I got passed by many hikers, but that was fine because my objective was to look around and take lots of pictures. When I passed the Bright Angel Trail and saw all the groups starting off on their adventures I thought about following them. But after a few steps on the steep and narrow path I decided the Rim Trail was enough of a challenge!  

By staying on a wider trail I could safely admire the views and find places to take photos.  These were more scenes from that day.

Here’s a bird in a tree by the edge of the canyon.

My Grand Canyon visit was unforgettable and worth the long wait!

Souvenir Postcards and Family Trips

Meggie used to go on vacations with her family in their station wagon, and she was the kid who always asked, “Are we there yet?” even as they were pulling out of the driveway. She also liked to look for postcards to buy along the way. One time they drove on the Pennsylvania Turnpike to visit her grandmother.  This souvenir was actually a little photo album with ten pictures.

On another family trip they went to Yellowstone National Park where she saw Old Faithful and other fantastic things. Meggie said, “It’s like walking on the moon.”  Her dad took pictures on his Polaroid camera, and she bought a postcard as a souvenir of their visit.

Meggie usually remembered to bring spending money on these trips.  If she forgot she would say, “Mom, could I have a nickel for this postcard?” Meggie liked to get several postcards so she could mail some to her friends as well as keep one for herself.  It could be an adventure finding places to mail them when they were on vacation, like the time they found a rusty old letter box attached to the outside of a coffee shop.

These trips were always so much fun and Meggie still likes to travel and collect souvenirs!