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Guest essay “Lessons and Barefoot Adventures” gets published at + more barefoot wandering & writing fun!

June 23, 2018

Sunset splashing at Lake Powell (photo by Tina Davidson)

Wow–what a fun couple of weeks on the road at Grand Canyon’s North Rim and beyond (including camping at Lake Powell). The trip started out in fabulous fashion: while I was heading up I-15 through Nevada, Arizona, and Utah, the encouraging folks at Trail Sisters had just published my latest essay “Lessons and Barefoot Adventures, for which I am grateful.

Then I arrived at the North Rim, and spent a rewarding three days in the company of creative people who traipsed around the rim trails with me (and even ventured below the rim down the North Kaibab Trail on the last day), responding to all the wild writing prompts I had planned for our time together. Their marvelous, vivid, heartfelt responses reaffirmed once more (as if I needed reminding!) how much I love being in the company of writers. (Many thanks to the Grand Canyon Association Field Institute for giving me this annual opportunity! All are welcome to join the fun next year–my fifth workshop at the North Rim–from June 7-9, 2019).


Cliff Spring inspiration  (Grand Canyon/North Rim)

One of the highlights of the week came while we were at the North Kaibab trailhead (after writing along the trail below): who should emerge from the canyon but John from Tuscon who had just CROSSED GRAND CANYON BAREFOOT!

What?! My club of one had suddenly doubled . . .


. . . and then tripled later that afternoon when John’s friend Mark made it across as well.

Those two gentlemen had no idea how excited I was to meet them (well, maybe they got a hint of it when I ran into them at the end of their dinner at the North Rim Lodge and interrupted their salmon with way-too-many questions/stories/hugs).

Oh yeah–I’ve got plenty more road trip/hiking/barefoot photos/stories to come–after all, this was my first time sharing Grand Canyon with two of my grandkids!

In the meantime, I couldn’t resist pheeto-bombing (wink/nudge/get it? . . . my version of photo-bombing?) the back of the North Kaibab trailhead sign:


Happy Summer (barefoot) Trails!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Brain permalink
    June 25, 2018 10:32 am

    Wonderful stories! Love ’em!!!

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