71 thoughts on “Back From Hiking

  1. Thank you for the beautiful pictures. They really show the majesty of God’s workmanship.
    Blessings to you,

    Pastor/Equipping The Saints

    • Internet free was truly liberating (although now I have lots of catching up to do !).Some of the hikes were really difficult but pushed me and brought me more in touch with my capacities.

  2. Oh, that’s absolutely stunning, Carol! Breathtaking. And isn’t nice to ‘unplug’ once in a while and just live…?

    • It was great to unplug. I knew I’d have a pile of e-mails in my regular mail and have to get back to my fellow bloggers but I didn’t think about that. I was too busy admiring the scenery around me. You guys (USA) have such grand national parks. The Grand Canyon was truly majestic and Utah was such a discovery for me. What a magnificent state. I did have to catch my plane back from Las Vegas but that’s another scene altogether.

      • Carol, your photos are FANTASTIC… I’m glad your trip was worthwhile in so many ways. It will inspire you for a long, long time. Experiences like this can open us to all kinds of possibilities and ideas.

      • Thanks for your comment, Thelma. I have so many great photos so it was hard to choose. This certainly was a remarkable experience for me. It brought me in touch with the marvels of Nature and its defeats.

    • I also love Sedona. We hiked in the Cathedral Rock section and then roamed a bit in the village. It has such a new-age-y/spiritual feel to it. Thanks for reading, Luanne. πŸ™‚

  3. Wow, gorgeous — Arizona, or New Mexico perhaps. No cell, not TV, no interruptions. Just nature. That sounds like the real life. What and how we were meant to live.

  4. According to these shots you had a great time, Carol. πŸ™‚
    Spending time in such an environment is relaxing, stimulating, and inspiring.

    • Thanks for reading and commenting, Karen. For a long time it had been my dream to hike the Grand Canyon. In the midst of fulfilling this dream I came across other marvels of nature such as Bryce Canyon and Zion Park and the raw and spacious landscape of Utah. Cowboy and Native American country.

      • This seems to be a destination for me as well, Carol. There are so many places waiting for a visit. I will visit them patiently, one at a time.
        Good to see you back and in action, Carol.

    • I am happy that you enjoyed them and that they inspire peace and calm. There are no adequate words, except silence to describe the Majestic Grand Canyon. Bryce Canyon was a marvel at Nature’s sense of humor.I watched kids round through it like they were in a playground just having fun. Bryce helps to bring out the child in you. The child that asks such questions as “Why is the sky blue?” Discovering Utah was a wonderful surprise. The National Park, Zion is a water fall symphony. Thank you for reading and commenting. πŸ™‚

  5. Hi Carol,

    These are spectacular! YouΒΉre having quite an adventurous life! These pictures make me want to go there myself (with Brian of course). WeΒΉll see each other next week.



    From: Carol Balawyder Reply-To: Carol Balawyder Date: Monday, April 28, 2014 at 9:51 PM To: Brian Campbell Subject: [New post] Back From Hiking

    WordPress.com Carol Balawyder posted: ” No cell, no TV, no radio, no internet. Just finding myself with nature in the South Western USA “

    • Thank you so much for commenting, Jocelyne. It was so difficult for me to choose which photos to post, especially since I have over 300 pretty good ones! But as I said in a previous comment how can one go wrong when the subject is so perfect?
      We’ll probably see each other at the Alice Munro tribute.

    • I am glad to be back. As much as I enjoyed the amazing scenery, the spaciousness and the silence I also enjoy communicating with fellow bloggers, such as yourself. πŸ™‚

    • Thanks for reading and commenting. The scenery was incredible and the hiking was at times challenging but that’s a good thing. We all need to face some challenges at times and our courage transfers into other areas of our lives…I hope. πŸ™‚

    • It certainly was. I read your latest post about being less on your blog and devoting more time to your writing. That’s great that you have the momentum. Even if you’re away for while we’ll still be here when you return and I’ll be eager to read more of your wonderful posts.
      And yes, being unplugged and immersed in such gorgeous landscapes was recharging for both soul and Muse.
      Thanks for reading and commenting. And all the best in your writing.Go. Give it your all. πŸ™‚

  6. So stunning Carol! I have some very similar pictures from my visit to the Canyon, although I did not hike. πŸ™‚ Welcome back! What a fabulous trip it must have been. I just love the desert and can’t wait to go to Arizona later this year. πŸ™‚

    • I’m glad you feel peaceful…It was such an amazing experience and really we are but a grain of sand or a drop of water…but we must never forget that the desert would not exist without these grains of sands just as the ocean would be empty without these drops of water. Each grain, each drop matters, no matter how small. Than you for reading πŸ™‚

  7. I am so glad that you listed other places, for me to discover, once I head there as an adult. I was glad to go to the Grand Canyon as a 15 year old, wished I had seen the other places mentioned. I did enjoy the desert and the petrified forests… Your photos are so professional, Carol! Lovely description of Bryce Canyon, in one of your comments to anonymous, above, particularly! It does seem like a maze and play land for children, if carefully watched!

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