Grand Canyon                                                                                                Photo by Dana Smith

Dana and I have been exploring Arizona for the last couple of weeks. We visited the Grand Canyon. It’s so beautiful, and the sheer size of it amazes me. Another snowstorm rolled through, but Athena kept us warm and dry. There’s been a lot of snow this year, or we keep getting caught in it! The Grand Canyon with snow is simply gorgeous. We were surprised by an elk family outside Athena’s window. Who needs to go outside in a snowstorm to see the wonders of nature? We were fortunate to have it come to us!

Elk at the Grand Canyon, Photo by Cindy Henson


We headed south to lower elevation before the next snowstorm. We had lunch with a friend in Prescott and went to see the Tonto Natural Bridge outside of Phoenix. It’s believed to be the largest natural travertine bridge in the world! The bridge is 183 feet high over a 400-foot-long tunnel and is 150 feet at its widest point. We hiked to the bottom of the bridge…it was absolutely stunning. I highly recommend a visit if you haven’t gone. We are heading to Tucson next to visit very dear friends of ours. Then back to Phoenix for Padre’s spring training. Baseball is back!!!

Tonto Natural Bridge in Arizona

I know times are tough as we watch the destruction of Ukraine, rising costs of food and gas, and another COVID variant. It’s just too much. I encourage everyone to replenish their soul and enjoy being with nature. We are fortunate to have many types of landscapes in the United States. Mountains with trees, valleys with waterfalls, and desserts with gorgeous rock formations. It doesn’t matter where you go or what you see. Get out and appreciate what’s out there! Get away from watching the suffering and heal your hurting heart. You’ll be amazed by how it feels to have a touch of freedom. Be positive and stay safe, my friends. #athenajourney

Freedom is possible!

Much love,

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