Saturday, October 16, 2010

Friday, October 1, 2010

We started the morning watching the sunrise over the Grand Canyon.

We were going to go hiking, but Emily decide to redecorate the van with stomach contents.  So we took turns hikind and chilling with Emily.
 Mule deer buck
 Friendly squirrel

Thursday, September 30, 2010

We woke up to our first day at the Grand Canyon and discovered that the Grand Canyon had a lot of bees that seem to like the dead bugs on our van and the dish washing sink.  We also found out that there are lots of Ravens that are basically flying rats and eat anything!

Mike headed off to Flagstaff to get the brakes on the van checked out since they were making some horrible noises!  The rest of us set off to do our laundry at the camper services building, we took a rather scenic route back, but were never lost--of course.  We also figured out how to ride the Grand Canyon Buses, we rode a bit further than we planned, but got to see more of the park that way.  :o)  We god to see the Grand Canyon at dusk and even saw our first tarantula--YUCK!!!  We ended the night with smores around the campfire.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

We started off the morning enjoying the scenery around the KOA and saw the obligatory KOA bunny (we saw one at every KOA :o)).

We then went to Arches National Park.

We also saw a couple of large lizards, we drove through Kaibob National Forest and then reached the Grand Canyon, and saw 10 Elk near the entrance of the park!!!

Tuesday, September 28

On Tuesday morning, we spent part of the morning in Estes Park, CO taking pics and walking around.  The kids found a playground.

We then drove through the Rocky Mountain National Park where we saw Elk, the Alpine Tundra, Lava Cliffs, reached the highest point of 12, 183 feet, saw the continental divide and the beginnings of the Colorado River.  We reached Moab, Utah where we stayed at a KOA.

A thought provoking poem

Written by Edgar Guest

I have to live with myself, and so,
I want to be fit for myself to know;
I want to be able as days go by,
  Always to look myself straight in the eye;
I don't want to stand with the setting sun
And hate myself for the things I've done.

I don't want to keep on a closet shelf
A lot of secrets about myself,
And fool myself as I come and go
Into thinking that nobody else will know
The kind of man I really am;
I don't want to dress myself up in sham.

I want to go out with my head erect,
I want to deserve all men's respect;
But here in this struggle for fame and pelf,
I want to be able to like myself.
I don't want to think as I come and go
That I'm bluster and bluff and empty show.

I never can hide myself from me,
I see what others may never see,
I know what others may never know,
I never can fool myself- and so,
Whatever happens, I want to be
Self-respecting and conscience free.

I thought this was very thought provoking.  If only we would think before we act, we would save ourselves a lot of grief.  I can't think of anything wrong that I have done that was worth the guilt.  If only I was smart enough to remember that BEFORE acting on my impulse!