Joey E: Today, we woke up early and hopped into the cars, and we proceeded to drive on over to the Grand Canyon. On the way, many of us were tempted to have a good experience at a McDonald’s Play Place, but we decided that it would probably be a better idea to keep driving to the canyon. I am very glad that we did. We walked towards the canyon, and each one of us was made speechless as we saw the canyon. At least that’s what I would think. I was focused much more on the canyon than my fellow pilgrims’ lack of talking. The canyon was many things. It was a hole, it was red, it was layered, it was big, it was deep, but the word that stood out to me most in description of the Grand Canyon was certainly grand. This is almost certainly because far before the trip to Arizona, it had been engrained into my brain that this specific canyon was grand, but I think that whoever named the canyon did a pretty grand job indeed. As a hole, I really enjoyed the Grand Canyon, and I did probably the best hiking in my life there, and I certainly hope to go back very soon.
Frances: Today was pretty great, or you could say “grand,” because today we saw the Grand Canyon. It was my first time going and it wasn’t at all what I expected. Honestly, I don’t remember what I thought it was going to be like, because the whole thing was just amazing, it gave me a whole new perspective on the Earth and its landmarks. We walked along the rim and saw the Canyon from a bunch of different angles. Then, we got to hike down a path that took us into the Canyon, we didn’t go all the way to the bottom, maybe about one third of the way down. It was truly spectacular and was definitely my favorite hiking spot.
[David’s addition:] Our day also featured pizza (one of which was cheese-less!), most of our kids trying Combos (the pretzel-cheese snack) for the first time, swimming and hanging out at the Flagstaff Aquaplex, and a deep and very insightful conversation about penitence, confession, and God’s mercy. We are focusing our attention on prayer this week, as well as the questions – What made you think of God today? and What is God doing this week in our midst?