Tag Archives: vacation

Into Nature

Amongst the Trees

This weekend I am escaping!  I am escaping the confines of technology, or responsibility, and of everyday life.

This weekend, I am going camping.   Continue reading

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Colorado River Discovery: Rafting Down Glen Canyon

Glen Canyon, Reflected

And now for the highlight of our trip thus far: a floating raft tour down the Colorado River!  I have to tell you: this was absolutely amazing!  We rafted down Glen Canyon, beginning at the Glen Canyon Dam and ending at Lees Ferry.  The canyon was huge!  And so incredibly beautiful!

We had made reservations with the Colorado River Discovery tour, which is the only company allowed to do any sort of motorized boat tour down the Colorado.  They have a ten year permit for which they had bid from the US Government; they only have five years left before they either rebid or relinquish the monopoly to another company.  Our tour guide, Megan, was extremely informative and is the one who told us all of this.

The tour began at the Glen River Dam, where the dam is holding back Lake Powell.  My sisters, my grandma, and I hopped into a huge blue inflatable raft and off we went!   Continue reading

Sunrises and Beginnings

Golden Sunrise

Sunrises always bring a sense of hope, of starting anew, of beginnings.  It’s the start of a new day, and the light and warmth from the sun seem to warm your soul as well as your body.

This photograph of a sunrise was taken at North Topsail Beach on Topsail Island, North Carolina.  I had researched the sunrise times online, and made it a point several times on my vacation to take a walk along the beach and observe the splendor of the sunrise over the Atlantic Ocean.

At the moment this picture was taken, the sun had reached a point in the sky where it appeared to turn the ocean a rich gold.  The sight was mesmerizing, and I whipped out my camera in hopes of doing the scene justice.  Initially, I was disappointed to see that there was a man walking along the beach in front of me, and that he would surely be in the photo.  But upon reviewing the picture later, I found his presence to complete it.  The one trail of footprints from where he had walked demonstrate exactly how solitary the moment was, and how – despite being alone – he was walking forward, into the sunrise and into a new day.   Continue reading