Happy Monday, and happy Shark Week!
Shark Week reminds me of my senior year of college when John and I were dating... in East Lansing eating pizza, playing Scrabble, and watching Shark Week!
John later admitted he isn't a fan of Shark Week, but it still holds a special place in my heart, ha!
This weekend John (and Scout) invited me to join them to hike Humphrey's Peak which is the tallest mountain in Arizona at over 12,600 feet. I wasn't planning on joining until John convinced me that he needed me there to take his and Scout's photo for their blogs. ;)
It was a beautiful day in Flagstaff with 0% chance of rain (famous last words...).
The hike was absolutely beautiful and there were wildflowers everywhere. About half way up the mountain we started hearing thunder and started to get concerned about lightning and getting stuck in the rain.
We decided to stop and eat some lunch and see if the storm would pass. The thunder was pretty consistent so we decided (very begrudgingly) that it would be best to turn around.
It was a very good thing that we turned around when we did because it started pouring rain. I didn't bring my rain jacket, so John gave me his... this helped for a while, but eventually it started to hail!
It was a little bit of a nightmare and the path turned pretty much into a downward flowing stream. Poor Scout was soaked!
When we finally got back to the trail head, we decided we should swing by the Grand Canyon (...said no one ever). The Grand Canyon is a little over an hour from Flagstaff, so we figured we would be spontaneous and go check it out!
Since we only had a few hours, we drove part of the South Rim to several lookout points. It was my first time, and it was absolutely beautiful. We bought a year pass and plan to go camping at the North Rim in a few weeks.
I can't put into words how big and breathtaking it was... and pictures certainly do not do it any justice!
The Grand Canyon is the second national park that I've been to (Carlsbad Caverns was the first), and it is such a humbling reminder of our God's artistry.
On our drive home, we came across several elk... one of which was eating right near the road, and he didn't seem to be spooked by people or cars! Seeing so many elk was a little bit concerning, because my last trip to a national park ended by hitting two coyotes - and we certainly didn't feel like having to pay for damage from an elk!
The sunset was beautiful, and the moon was beyond bright... it was a wonderful Saturday. And we pretty much lounged all Sunday since we were so zonked!