The Grand Canyon is a truly spectacular place. I have visited art galleries and by the end of the day I was blase' about what I was looking at. Yesterday I walked the rim (probably 12 miles) which took me about 6 hours and I was awed over and over again! The canyon never lost its ability to stun me with its vistas. A word that I believe is often misused applies here awesome. The dictionary definition of the word "awesome" is: inspiring a feeling of awe, and awe is:an overwhelming feeling of reverence, admiration, fear, etc., produced by that which is grand, sublime, extremely powerful. That about sums it up.
Walking the rim helped me to see that being alone can truly be freeing. I am able to simply float along like a leaf on the water going whichever way the current takes me. Being alone does sometimes make me miss my friends and family but mostly I just want someone to talk to.
I have had my belief in the generosity of my fellow man renewed. I blew a fuse in my truck and had to travel around to find one in rural AZ. I stopped at the local gas station and the gentleman there made a call, found someone who could help me. He gave me the kind of directions you would expect from local "go down the road a ways, turn left on the dirt road by he pyramids (a local land mark) then just head back till you see the big barrel chested guy." I found him and was very helpful and kind, took time out of his mechanic work to assist me in figuring out what was wrong and then directed me to a parts store to find the fuse. Thank you Tom!
In the national parks there what are called "campers services", just slang for laundry and showers. Let me tell you, this was my first experience with coin operated showers and I have never spent a better $2.00. Eight minutes of bliss. I will have more when I get to Utah.