Friday, March 19, 2010

There Is Beauty All Around

I have been visiting my sister in Phoenix for the past few days. She actually drove up to Salt Lake to see her daughter, grandkids and my parents and I drove back with her.

We started out not exactly sure which route to take as there are really 3 viable possibilities. As we approached the point where we had to make a decision, we chose to get off the main freeway (I-15) and we wend down the center of the state. It was SO the right choice!

I have always loved Utah because of the diversity of the terrain. The north part of the state has the Rocky Mountains which disect the main towns and cities and amazing canyons leading up to the ski resorts. When I was a flight attendant, people used to ooh and aww over the majesty of these grand peaks. It's a gorgeous part of the state.

The south part of the state is quite the opposite, but every bit as beautiful...The mountains continue to run down the state, but there are the most vibrant red bluff cliffs that trim the base of the Rockies with vast desert valley floors.

As we drove, we chatted about everything, analyzed our kids (tee hee) and boasted about our "littles"...It was so great to be A.L.O.N.E. with my baby sister. We figure we haven't had that opportunity since we were teenagers! We always had kids,parents or grandkids has been great, but even better to be sequestered in a car for 12 hours...(yes, it took us 12 hours because we took our time and made stops when we wanted to and it was great!!)

At one point, we drove by a cave that was "open for business". We decided to go in...It was a little museum and gift shop. The owner was charming but didn't take debit cards and both of us hadn't gotten our cash yet...we drove on and saw beautiful caves, cliffs and beautiful patterns from Mother Nature's natural erosions. SO AMAZING!

I am SO thankful to live in this country for many reasons, one of which is the diverse beauty of the many different regions. God's handiwork is everywhere and I'm so thankful that my sister was willing to take the time to "enjoy the ride!"



Love Being a Nonny said...

Nothing like sister time. Treasure those moments.My sister died a few years ago at 49....I treasure the times we had together!

Donnetta said...

It sounds like you had a wonderful time of traveling and being together!

Such treasured memories made on the trip!

Dawn said...

I'm coming here from Nancy's, where I saw your comment about your son's addiction. I came over here and read your post about it. My son is in his second round in Teen Challenge - his poison of choice has been heroin, as well. We wrote our story together and really thought he had it licked after the first trip to TC. He is 33, married, and in Maine for his second round. There are many of us wounded moms!

Also - I'm on my 10th week without sugar or white flour - amazing experience and easier than I thought it could ever be.

nancygrayce said...

Good trip! I walked up a mountain one time and I told my new husband he had better just hope there wasn't a divorce lawyer at the top! :) It nearly killed me!

Michelle (wife, mom, daughter, sister, friend, co-worker, and striving to be a Proverbs 31 woman) said...

Hi! I found you through Dawn's blog. This year we just bought a condo in Brian Head, and it is such a wonderful, beautiful "escape". God's masterpiece is so evident everywhere you look.
Thank you for your lovely post and reminder of how blessed we are to be surrounded by the handiwork of God!