To be honest, we did not look like, nor were we inspired by Reese Witherspoon in Wild.
Yet like Reese, somewhere on that winding, endless path through the canyon, we ditched our day-to-day strife to focus on putting one foot in front of the other as we traversed the sparkling-blue, minty-green, burnt-orange, and chocolate-brown tinged rocks that line the Canyon.
Unlike Reese, we made a mental note to find out why those rocks take on such incredible colors !. After all, we are teachers!
To be honest, we had box lunches, fresh water, and camp stew served on plates in a dining hall!. We slept on "bunks" in a cabin with blankets and pillows!
Yet, there were times along the trail we yearned for the "facilities" we have come to expect!
Our adventure was shorter than Reese's, just two days,long with one night at the Phantom Ranch, but the views were only part of what we took out of the Canyon.
We started to "get it" as we watched those mules traversing the dangerous path laden with food, laundry, garbage and people. You see, the only way in and out of the Canyon is on foot or on mule! Without those mules, we would have been a sorry, hungry mess!
We started to "get it" again as sore and tired hikers shared stories, offered Advil, and provided a hand to those too tired to walk another step! Without the companionship and sharing of pain management secrets, lost of us would have been placed on the back of a mule for removal!
We saw it at the beginning, middle, and end of each and every switchback and whenever we looked up from our path. There were majestic views that no man could have ever imagined. There were magical colors and patterns in the rocks that danced in the sunlight and twinkled in the twilight; no Disney ride could ever compare. The layers of rocks were like endless piles of fabulous layer cakes piled everywhere waiting to be enjoyed.
The message was as crystal clear as the bubbling Colorado River: we all need to step outside of our everyday strife to take in the beauty of this earth and to remember that we are not on this journey alone.