Arizona Adventures Part 4: Grand Canyon

“Oh, Taste and See, that the Lord is Good!”

Psalm 34:8

Have you ever stood on the beach and stared out into the great expanse of water that amazingly disappears into the horizon?  Have you felt that deep peace and assurance that comes with seeing the handiwork of God?  That’s what staring out over the Grand Canyon is like.

Arizona is the most beautiful state.  Ever.  In just two hours you go from one kind of beauty……..

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to another….

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It was the Saturday of Labor Day Weekend and we couldn’t wait to hit the road.  Our destination was to see major cracks and holes in the ground.  The drive to the Grand Canyon National Park was about two hours from Sedona.  My brother and his wife plus my husband and I packed into the 2015 Dodge Charger rental and headed out.  We settled into a nice drive and conversation as we left the red hills behind.

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We talked as the scenery changed to vibrant green foliage and hills.

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The roads began to curve and climb as the scenery changed again to sparsely wooded forests.  Our forests in North Carolina have entirely too much underbrush and kudzu.

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I quickly noticed that Americans were the minority as we arrived at the Welcome Center/Rest Area.  You know that feeling of being in a crowded area where everyone is talking – in different languages.  It reminded me of my trip to Disney World.  It’s really fun to meet people from all over the world.

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There are lots of pull off areas to stop and drink in the beauty.

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My cute sister-in-law…and wait….I think I’ve found Panama Jack. I wonder what he’s been doing since the 80’s…

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See the rainbow? It doesn’t show up well on camera, but it was beautiful in person.

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Our last stop was at the Desert View Watch Tower.  The tower was built in 1932.  The architect, Mary Coulter, was influenced by the ancient Pueblo of the Colorado Plateau.  At 70 feet high, it is said that you can see over 100 miles away on a clear day.  The tower offers magnificent views of the canyon, Colorado River and the Painted Desert.

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I’m not sure what this is supposed to be….. Maybe a replica of what Ancient Native Americans would have depicted? I don’t know, but it looks like something that would have the big hair guy from Ancient Aliens talking.

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It’s amazing that something so beautiful can make us feel so small.  It’s as though God left us with humbling reminders, so that just maybe, we wouldn’t forget that it’s not all about us.

For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. (Romans 1:20 ESV)

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Not far from the Grand Canyon National Park we stopped at a shopping stand.  There were several, owned by Native Americans, along the road leading back to Sedona.  The day wouldn’t be complete without a little shopping, right? While my sister-in-law and I looked at jewelry, my brother and husband enjoyed the view.  And then, we were on the road again….

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