Thursday, March 08, 2012

Life and a Canyon

Copyright Monica L. Shulman

I've had the chance to travel to some pretty remarkable places for both work and pleasure and my visit to the Grand Canyon is among my most favorite trips.  I visited for the first (and only) time almost 11 years ago.  My parents had gone with friends years before and always wanted to take us there so for my mom's 50th birthday we flew to Arizona and then drove to the park.  I was completely overwhelmed by the beauty of the place.  I felt tiny, like an insignificant speck in the face of something so enormous and breathtaking.  It was so quiet and spiritual.  No one was even talking at the hiking points and the observation decks.  It was like we were all hypnotized by what was before us.  It is such a spiritual place.  At night I felt like I was going to be swallowed up by the blackness.  You would look out and all that you'd see were stars and the moon's brightness so high in the sky.  There was nothing to reflect that light.  It's just tremendous.

I had only met my husband about a month before I took this trip with my family and even though it was so early in our relationship (I already knew he was the one) I felt like I needed to talk to him every day and tell him about this extraordinary place.  When we went on our honeymoon three years later we made a list of all the places that we would want to travel together and for me, the Grand Canyon was at the very top.  I want to take Lucia there when she's older because she needs to see and understand this magical place.

We've had this photograph on our fridge since I had the film developed.  I look at it every morning and it inspires me so much.  It brings back so many memories, it reminds me of my past (even the parts that aren't so wonderful) and it also reminds me of how much has happened and how much I've grown in the last ten-plus years since I went there.  My life doesn't seem so small anymore.

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Leslie Joy Ickowitz said...

I know the feeling. The Grand Canyon is a truly grand experience. Soul stirring and magical. I also took one of my very best photographs ever there. It seemed serendipitous.

dreamday said...

when you visit the grand canyon with lucia we will have to meet up. maybe even come stay with us a few days and we can do some lunching and shopping in scottsdale! i would love that!

sydnee said...

I have goosebumps reading this! My family is traveling to the Grand Canyon in June for a massive family vacay - celebrating my mom's 50th too :) I saw your piece at the Photo Center in Mpls and loved it... did a little Googling and here you are! Loved reading this and hope to be in the same awe as you were on my first viewing of this wonder... xoxo.

Chessa! said...

Leslie, it really does stir your soul. It's just such a spiritual place. I felt like the canyon itself was alive.

Marni, trust me when I tell you that you will be one of the first people I call when we go! x

Chessa! said...

Sydnee, thank you SO much for stopping by and for looking me up after seeing my work over at MPLS. I'm so happy that you did. Incidentally, I have another piece there in their most recent show that you should definitely check out:) I'd love to hear your thoughts.

You will absolutely love your visit to the GC and it is a wonderful place to celebrate such a milestone for your mom. I don't know if you plan on visiting the north rim and the south rim but both are lovely and inspiring. They are so vastly different but worth the trip. I think that you will absolutely be in awe when you visit it. I mentioned it someone else but honestly, you get the feeling that the canyon is alive. You just feel like a tiny thing mostly bc it is just so massive and so colorful and all encompassing. It really is a wonder and a feast for your eyes and your spirit. Everyone should visit it at least once in their life. thanks, again for visiting! x