Tuesday, June 12, 2007

I may not have any pictures but,

I was in Lake Powell with the clan. And here are just a few of my favorite moments:

* Waking up in the middle of the first night and seeing the nearly full moon reflected on the now-calm waters.

*Riding the purple wave-runner at about 7 am while Kevin and Matt got the boat ready to go. It was just me, the sunrise, the blue of the water, the red of the slick-rock and the wind as I soared over the water at upwards of 40 miles per hour. I spent the rest of the trip trying to recreate that moment. It's a "Life Moment" for me.

*Sunning myself on the big slick-rock island near our first camp spot. The wind had picked up a little so I went off by myself, let my hair down and listened to the nothing-but-nature that surrounded me. I can't remember the last time I felt so beautiful. I saw a neat "leprechaun stick" and asked it to come to me. It did.

*Playing in the sand with Lemur

*Driving Liam around on the wave-runner, especially in Iceberg Canyon.

*Playing in the mud.

*Catching a pollywog for Lemur.

*Jumping off a 10 foot cliff with DesertBound.

*Staying on the houseboat with DreamPacker

*Watching DreamPacker, Wildbound and DesertBound. I was amazed to discover how little I knew about being in the outdoors. I was comforted to realize how much they knew. I felt safe with them around.

*Singing with DesertBound, WildBound and Michaela in Iceberg Canyon as the sun set. I'm not sure better acoustics exist anywhere in the world.

*On the drive down, Trailblazer pointed out Monument Valley in the distance. A thick purpley cloud hovered over the risings of rock that were pinkish themselves. I didn't know colors like that existed in nature. It took my breath away and I was moved to tears.

*Realizing I loved the people who were sharing the houseboat. How awesome that I can love these people that I had never met before and would possibly not have ever met otherwise.

*Holding Rivulet while she played in the water in Willow Creek. I'll never forget the look on her face.

*Watching other people interact with my children. Quincy and Pocketmouse always looking after Rivulet. Carol had a way with Lemur . . . Wildbound and Trailblazer taking Liam out when I was at the end of my rope. Matt paying special attention to Lemur. Dominick befriending my son. Everyone in turns taking a moment to watch Rivulet so that I could build these memories.

My first trip to Lake Powell was and is an emotional experience for me. I learned so much. I have so much to be grateful for, and so many people to be grateful to. But because there is so much, I will just thank one: DreamPacker, thank you for wanting me to go. Thank you for asking me to go. Thank you for your sacrifices of time that allowed me to have this experience.


Bethany said...

Glad you had a good time. Sounds like fun.

desertbound said...

Chels! I am so glad you had such a great time! I wasn't sure if you were having enough fun to make it worth the effort. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and memories so beautifully. love you.

Sayyadina said...

Shoot, at times is may have felt not worth the effort, but coming away from that experience with all the education an at least TWO "Life Moments", using hindsight I can say: "TOTALLY WORTH IT!"