Since our last post we were still on our way to the Grand Canyon. Rest assured, we made it to the Grand Canyon after 42 hours on the road. Considering the Grand Canyon isn’t exactly a metropolitan area, we did not have internet access in order to update this blog. So…here is a long post to update you on all our happenings in the last 48 hours.
1): We arrived in the Grand Canyon around 2:00 PM (Grand Canyon time) on Tuesday, promptly set up camp and then headed to the showers!!! After finally feeling clean and taking a short nap, we made dinner and attempted to watch the sunset. Ironically we had trouble finding the Canyon and by the time we found it, the sun had already set. Who knew it would be so hard to find such a massively large hole in the ground?! Eventually we made our way back to camp in the dark (through the woods, we might add), had some s’mores and called it a day at 9:30 PM.
2):After a very restful night sleep we were ready to enjoy our day exploring the Canyon. We hiked down, up, and across the Grand Canyon and it was breathtaking. We all agreed that words and pictures do not do the canyon justice. We started our day with a short hike into the canyon to a beautiful outlook, then we walked the Rim Trail, and we finished our day (finally) watching the sunset. (See pictures!!!)
3): During our time in the Canyon we also were able to experience some wildlife. On the first morning we woke up to see 2 elk walk right beside our campsite. Later we saw a coyote and a mule deer along the side of the road. Also, on the second night, we heard coyotes howling right outside our tent (or so it sounded).
4): We sadly left the Grand Canyon for Gallup, NM today. We made the 4 hour trek just in time to make it to Kate’s interview at 3 PM at the Hands of Hope Pregnancy Center. There we met Barbara Leslie, the director of the Center. She gave us a tour, answered our questions, and shared about how her experiences led her to be Director of the Pregnancy Center. It was interesting to find out that this Pregnancy Center is the only one in Gallup, NM and the surrounding areas. The next closest centers are 2 hours in each direction! This particular clinic is also interesting because it is a faith-based organization, but also has a lot of interaction with state agencies. Barbara noted that her faith is what keeps her sane in her profession and unplanned pregnancies are her platform for ministry.
5): We’re only minutes away from heading to Gamerco Church of God, our home for the next 3 days. We have our other 2 interviews scheduled for tomorrow, one at a middle school in Gallup and the other with a consultant in Albuquerque. More updates to come hopefully tomorrow when we are in Albuquerque.
Thanks for keeping us in your prayers! Enjoy the pictures!