There are days my greatest adventure is getting through a trip to the grocery store without a meltdown from my four-year-old on aisle nine while other days I find the energy to pack up the four-year-old, two dogs, and myself (sometimes the boyfriend) and we head for my place of solitude. Anywhere I can see mountains, open space, and very few people. Balance, am I right? There are times I don’t give myself enough credit for just getting out of the house. In a previous life adventure to me was packing up the 4Runner and my sweet old sidekick, Sienna, headed for the Rockies or Eastern Sierra for several days of solitude out of a tent. It is my hope that one day those previous adventures will come together with my new chapter and I will be able to share that life with the little one.
At this time though any day spent outside is a great day. Spontaneity is still alive and well, the flame is still burning within. Last week we found a sunny day winter day after the big storm and put aside the daily chores, the to-do lists, and headed for the Grand Canyon. We are lucky enough to live quite close to such an otherworldly natural wonder and the impromptu trip was a reminder to me that little moments of adventure in life are quite possible and are indeed what you make of it. Granted we didn’t make some big hike down the snowy Bright Angel or South Kaibab Trail, but we did stroll along the rim and take in the beauty. In fact, the greatest moment of that unexpected trip was walking up the rim with Sam, who has been there several times earlier in his four years, and hearing him say “WOW”! Hearing that simple word with such emphasis stopped my heart. It was the first time nature had really moved him (or the first time he had been able to verbalize it). That moment reaffirmed that all of our trailside picnics, afternoons tossing rocks into various lakes and rivers, and hours carrying him on my back down trails from the sweet age of two weeks old have been worth it and will continue to be the backbone of our lives (his childhood). It didn’t hurt that we ended our visit with a round of hot chocolates at the El Tovar Hotel lounge. A must do for any visit!
“Wilderness is not a luxury but necessity of the human spirit.” –Edward Abbey