|Grand Canyon near Flagstaff AZ
Three sites along our planned route this week have long been among my favorites; the sites don't seem any different than from my childhood family treks. Much like picking up a good book and discovering new treasures in the plot, these sites are comfortable, familiar and somehow new.
The idea of the day is TENACIOUS IMPACT.
With plenty of quiet time to think with my guys fast asleep in the back seat, I started to reflect on the model for change represented by the Grand Canyon, Meteor Crater, and Arches National Park.
As a child I remember being very impressed by the sheer size of these sites. I would soak up the facts presented by the rangers and the interpretive centers. Today during a fast read of brochures (probably printed when I was a kid!) a couple of thoughts kept rumbling through my head as we drove.
GRAND CANYON EROSION: The most powerful force to create the Canyon was erosion, primarily by water (and ice) and secondarily by wind. Other forces that contributed to the Canyon's formation are the course of the Colorado River itself, vulcanism, and continental drift. Because the soil in the Grand Canyon is baked by the sun it tends to become very hard and cannot absorb water when the rains come.
Peacemakers can be used to help erode away everything that is unhelpful and unhealthy in our society. It's not so much about creating and building, but carving out everything that isn't helpful, honoring or good. We may be one drop of water separately, but the hardened, unbending hearts that are unable to absorb our collective flood for peace will simply be washed away when we are unified. I think about my grandchildren's children and seven generations from now... I pray that their world will look remarkably different (and better!) because of what you and I are doing right now in 2011.
|Arches National Park, Moab UT
Similarly, water and ice, extreme temperatures and underground salt movement are responsible for the sculptured rock scenery of Arches National Park. On clear days with blue skies, it is hard to imagine such violent forces, or the estimated 100 million years of erosion that created this land that boasts the greatest density of natural arches in the world. The more than 2,000 catalogued arches range in size from a three-foot opening, the minimum considered an arch, to the longest one, Landscape Arch, which measures 306 feet from base to base. New arches are being formed and old ones are being destroyed.
Erosion and weathering are relatively slow: This process relentlessly creates and recreates these dynamic arch landforms over time. Even if we don't see the change, time marches on. Don't be discouraged, change WILL come. A tiny hole today could be a massive opening one day and it all started with a tiny piece of sand or a few drops of water. We could be that insignificant piece of dirt or liquid that contributes to great change that just needs time to complete.
|Meteor Crater, Winslow AZ