“Travel can be a blessing or a curse, a voyage for new discoveries or an escape from brutal reality, a reward or consequence. It all depends.”
– Love the Search
“So, when did you start enjoying life?” he asked her.
They had only just met, 3 miles deep into the Grand Canyon and under 100-degree weather.
We had stopped for yet another break, sitting under the few shaded areas in sight as we listened to each other’s conversations. Each one of us was covered in dirt and sweat.
“It was during a trip to New Zealand,” she answered. “I’ve traveled to hike ever since.”
She had been hiking the North Kaibab trail alone.
It is stories like this that inspire me most about traveling. No matter how insignificant you may think your travels are compared to others, each mile and every stone you turn will bring you a new perspective. But that is only if you allow it.
I think there exist a special kind of people in this world. Those who keep their curiosity alive in their chest. Those who feel like a caged bird the minute their life begins feeling too monotonous. Those who live for new experiences, who watch the world with wondering eyes, and think every minute is absolutely magical.
Because it is.
And these are the same people we often encounter on the road, as was the case during our road trip through the Southwest.
What began as a distant idea soon became one of the most epic realities. And suddenly, we were there. Gazing into the vast layers of the Grand Canyon like gazing into the very soul of our great Earth Mother. But the real beauty was the people that gathered.
We were all just Mosaics of Stories — each one of us built from speckles of broken pieces — molded together into perfectly imperfect humans. And we were all marveling at the greatness of the land. People from all over the world, from Asia to South America to Australia. People of all walks of life, young and old. Some were there on vacation. Some were there for adventure. Some where there to challenge their stamina.
…And yet others were there to soothe a broken heart, as was the case of the Lady in White.
I had overheard a young couple whisper to each other, “Where did the Lady in White go?”
Later as the sun rest to sleep, we came across a woman who was dressed in all white. She was staring into the distance, wiping tears from her face. She was the Lady in White. And she was there mourning the death of her mother. Or, as I would rather believe, perhaps she was celebrating the life of her mother. Perhaps she was reliving memories that were tied to the golden, rusty land, for I had no doubt it could heal with its infinite depth.
You see, that you and I have the freedom to roam this masterpiece of Earth is such a gift. Wether you are looking for a deeper connection to our land, or simply seek adventure, your answer is out there. The only real question left to ask is…
Will you take the chance to roam this Earth? …And I hope your answer is yes.
Love & Magic,
THE GRAND CANYON, ARIZONA – NORTH & SOUTH RIMS
It was a spontaneous idea, really. We wanted to take a road trip for my birthday, and chose an epic 10-day road trip through the Southwest: from Seattle to Arizona and back. I will share more details about the road trip itself in a different blog post, but for now, I’ll leave you with scenes from the Grand Canyon.
We explored both the North & South Rims over the course of 2.5 days. And it was incredible beyond words.
The first time I saw the Grand Canyon was as a child. It was in a magazine of National Geographic. The young me never even fathomed the idea that I would one day stand gazing into this giant…
Sunset at North Rim
Morning Hike – North Kaibab Trail
Grand Canyon Lodge – North Rim
*We didn’t stay here. We just enjoyed the views =)*
Sunrise at South Rim
Viewpoints at South Rim
The South Rim is the most popular side of the Grand Canyon, and therefore more crowded. There were so many viewpoints here! However, the North Rim stole my heart. I felt it was more quieter and peaceful. Plus, it was a lot more travel-friendly, with showers and laundry facilities nearby. I didn’t think I’d be saying this, but with the incredibly hot weather, I was so thankful for that!
…Thank you for reading, dear friends. Sending lots of love to you across the world <3
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