This is mine.
Many decades ago, I found myself at the biggest ditch I’d ever seen. It was an epic adventure for sure.
I’d arrived at the Grand Canyon in Arizona simply because an old friend had once shared, with great enthusiasm, what a spectacular place it was. I’d made a mental note to see it one day, and added it to my bucket list, when bucket lists had not even been invented.
Seeing a hole in the earth a mile deep and another 18 miles wide was truly a spiritual experience for me. How can you imagine you’re that all that and a bag of chips on planet Earth when you feel as small as a grain of sand when seated on the edge of this? It is truly vast and magnificent. And thus began a love affair with the Grand Canyon.
I didn’t manage to get back there for another decade. Thom and I hiked a little of the south rim on our honeymoon, witnessed several out of this world sunsets and sunrises, dodged a Mama ram looking for her young and decided to postpone the trek to the Phantom ranch at the bottom of the canyon for another day (bucket list is growing!).
Travel is surely the best way to spend your hard earned cash. Deposits into the memory bank will never fade. Thankfully, I adopted that attitude while I was still young enough to start making memories and now that I’m ahem, slightly older, I’m glad I did. It hasn’t all been travel and memory-making, of course. Along the way on life’s journey, you have to graduate, get a job, buy a home, build a stable life and be a responsible self-sustaining, mature adult. There have been huge chunks of time where there was no time, or money, to go anywhere other than the local supermarket.
But I’m glad I’m old enough and alive enough to be able to say that I’ve met lots of wonderful people along the way, and seen a lot of inspiring places on God’s great earth. Where’s your favourite place?