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An Adventure in the Grand Canyon

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I love the early mornings in the Grand Canyon. The air is crisp and cool as the sun begins to rise. Looking from the overlook you can see the bright orange and purple colors across the canyon. There is still a bit a snow on the ground in the surrounding campsite. There are a few tents that the snow surrounds like a warm blanket.

After admiring the beauty of the sunrise for a few more minutes I take the path back to the campground. There is a variety of wildlife awake at this hour scurrying around in the surrounding trees. A rabbit darts in front of me and watches as I jump at the sudden movement.

Everyone is up and ready to take on the day as I return to the campsite. The cooking bacon and eggs have a wonderful aroma that fills the site. Food seems to taste better when eaten in nature. Our senses are more in tune to the simple pleasures of life.

After breakfast it is time for the mule ride down the canyon. There is a winding trail that is steep and narrow that the mules maneuver each day. It promises to be an exciting adventure.

Our ride begins with everyone on their mules following the directions of the mule skinner. He leads us down the canyon with the mules following him. Mules are interesting animals. They are like horses and are very precise on the trail and surefooted.

Looking across the canyon as we ride down is the most beautiful view. You can see miles of canyon with red, orange, and blue hues across the rocks. The birds are majestic as they fly across the clear blue sky. It is an ecosystem of freedom for the wildlife that inhabit this canyon.

It is difficult for me to look down to the bottom of the canyon. I am afraid of heights and it is a long way to the bottom. Still overcoming a fear is part of the reason for this adventure. Taking a deep breath I glance down to the bottom of the canyon.

There is much beauty at the bottom of the canyon. There is a slow-moving river bed that is surrounded by a large bank with trees and rocks. This is where we will stop for a break before returning to the top of the canyon. The ecosystem of the canyon is serene and tranquil.

I am briefly startled as my mule has decided to pee and shifts his weight a bit. Nervous that the mule may drop me down the canyon I freeze. The mule is unfazed and steadily continues down the canyon.

We reach the bottom of the canyon and find a spot on the edge of the river bed. The water is cold and feels refreshing in the midmorning heat. The bottom of the canyon is significantly warmer than the place where we began this adventure.

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After about half an hour we resume our ride back up the canyon. Going up the canyon has an entirely different view than coming down. The colors of the canyon appear to be deeper in the sun. It is as if God has sent artists to paint wonderful colors on the canyon.

I listen for the sounds of the canyon as we continue the trek up. There is the sound of birds singing in the brush. Small animals are scurrying through the brush creating a rustling noise. The mules snort as they climb the canyon. It is a peaceful experience.

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Finally we reach the end of our journey and it is time to leave the mules. This particular adventure has a certificate that accompanies it. It is given to everyone that completes the adventure.

We reach the campsite and decide to rest until time to cook dinner. My legs and backside ache from riding the mule. The aches and pains are worth the wonderful adventure of riding the mules.

I make a final hike for the day to the rim of the canyon. The sun is beginning to set presenting a new set of colors. The canyon is now the backdrop to the rich orange and pink colors in the sky. The night air is crisp and cool with a hint of rain in the air.

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Returning to the camp dinner is ready and the fire is warm. We eat and tell the stories of today’s adventure. Someone pulls out a guitar and begins creating a tune to tell the story of the mule ride. It is a grand tale.

As I drift off to sleep in the tent my dreams float to the place of gratitude. It is wonderful to be alive and my soul is nourished.

Copyright 2017 Debbie Pierce

 

 

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Sweet Innocence: A Puppy at Play

grace baby picture

Running and playing

enjoying the day

free of all worry

scampering away

 

Moments of bliss

each time he turns around

a squirrel appears

not making a sound

 

Living each moment

breathing in the clean air

stopping for a second

absorbing the sun’s glare

 

Letting today take care of itself

enjoying the race

always a new experience

part of God’s grace

 

The future is uncertain

life has many slopes

he enjoys the journey

always with love and hope

 

copyright 2020 Debbie Pierce

 

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Coping with Impossible Situations

This is a reblog my post that I wrote on August 29, 2017. Prayers for all and have a wonderful day!

Clouds 1

Storms come through

excessive wind and rain

impossible conditions

coming in like a train

 

Some people are good

ready to lend a helping hand

others are evil

taking advantage of the storm’s band

 

Impossible situations

difficult decisions to make

critics abound

praying for God’s grace

 

Finally it happens

a rash of good deeds

showing love and kindness

everyone taking the lead

 

Prayers are answered

hope is spread

food, clothing, and shelter

God is not dead

 

Impossible situations

God made us for these

faith, hope, and love

for these we are lead

 

Impossible situations

healing has begun

restoring communities

one by one

 

copyright 2017 Debbie Pierce

 

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Coping with Impossible Situations

Clouds 1

Storms come through

excessive wind and rain

impossible conditions

coming in like a train

 

Some people are good

ready to lend a helping hand

others are evil

taking advantage of the storm’s band

 

Impossible situations

difficult decisions to make

critics abound

praying for God’s grace

 

Finally it happens

a rash of good deeds

showing love and kindness

everyone taking the lead

 

Prayers are answered

hope is spread

food, clothing, and shelter

God is not dead

 

Impossible situations

God made us for these

faith, hope, and love

for these we are lead

 

Impossible situations

healing has begun

restoring communities

one by one

 

copyright 2017 Debbie Pierce

 

<a href=”https://dailypost.wordpress.com/prompts/rhyme/”>Rhyme</a&gt;

via Daily Prompt: Rhyme

 

 

 

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Hope: Antidote for Difficult Times

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Panic spreads

throughout the land

a ravaging disease

fear of touching a hand

 

Fear is vicious

taking away people’s power

contagious darkness spreading

despair grows by the hour

 

The sun rises

it is a new day

an antidote grows

light is on the way

 

Rising out of the fear

through the light shines hope

love fights the fear

we learn to cope

 

Time passes

the disease appears to have no end

loving each other

we rely on friends

 

Hope is the antidote

causing the fear to bend

darkness is wiped out

Light wins in the end

 

copyright 2020 Debbie Pierce

 

 

 

 

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Tree of life fills empty heart.

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A Yellow Flower Ribbon

 

 

Tying a yellow ribbon

around an old oak tree

sending a message to Heaven

you are still the one for me

 

Sending you hugs and kisses

from my heart to yours

living each moment

singing like a bird

 

Feeling you in the wind

your smile in the sun shine

thankful for each day

that you are mine

 

See all the yellow ribbons

that are being sent in my heart

loving you forever

knowing we will never part

 

Happy Valentine’s Day!

 

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Clouds 1

Memories. Time travel of the soul.

 

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saturday-six-word-story-prompt – misery

 

Misery controls an entire generation’s destiny.

 

 

 

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A Child’s Thanksgiving

Steve and Deb age 5 to 7 (2_) (2)

Smiling for the camera

ice cream in my hand

Grandma’s for Thanksgiving

leaves falling across the land

 

Smiles and laughter

a game of red rover

waiting for dinner

come on over

 

Sitting in the kitchen

at the children’s table

special surprises

so grateful

 

Running through the orchard

apples on the trees

jumping to pick them

falling in the leaves

 

On the porch

stories being told

of family history

by those who are old

 

Thankful for the memories

of a day so long ago

can still hear the laughter

the love continues to grow

 

Over fifty years later

I still love ice cream

visiting the people long gone

in pleasant dreams

 

copyright 2019 Debbie Pierce