since the grand canyon

three years ago, i was living in the san fernando valley hanging with 4 and 5 year olds…loving my job at the kindergarten, but not yet ready to admit to myself how unhappy i was in L.A. one afternoon in early october i received a text from a dear old friend living in boulder:

“wanna join some friends of mine on a 21 day rafting trip through the grand canyon? we leave in 10 days and we need another female.”

there’s a lot more to the story, but the simple version is: ummm….yes?

i sorted things out – surprisingly easily – with the help of my boss, my father, and some other dear friends and 8 days (and a few complications) later, I was on a plane to page, arizona to meet up with these new folks. something in me knew my life was about to change, and i was as ready as one can be for what ended up being a drastic re-focusing.

i moved to boulder, colorado shortly after that first rafting trip. ‘the river’ has become my worldview. everything in life fits into the metaphors and lessons i learn there. i’ve been on numerous rivers since then – some with the same people…some with other groups of folks. in august, i even had the pleasure of bringing my little sister and her boyfriend on their first multi-day river trip through ruby, horsethief, and westwater canyons on the colorado river.

each trip is incredibly special in its own ways – each with its own lessons to teach and it’s own love to share. so you can understand that, when i was offered another last second trip through the grand canyon a week before its departure, i bit. we put in september 8th and arrived home just this weekend. it was a very different trip, but life never fails to offer exactly what’s needed…for better or for worse.

planning some logistical steps on the phone, i told sally i felt like i was setting a trap for myself by going on this trip. and despite the anxiety and fear that revolved both around leaving some unfinished business at home and agreeing to share a boat with a man who’s proven to be quite unreliable on the oars… i was choosing to step into this mysterious trap. you can trust that stories will follow.


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Keep me away from the wisdom which does not cry, the philosophy which does not laugh and the greatness which does not bow before children.
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