Time for Change and Faith
In loving Memory of “Faith”
First off I want to say how sorry I am for so many of my dear friends and family that have had to say goodbye to a loved one this past year. Losing someone leaves so many diverse feelings within all of us!
May God help you find your peace!
I wrote this story below almost 1 year ago while I was with my 2 Best Friends. I have gone through so many changes and more tough times in my life after writing about our adventure at Grand Falls. I look back and wonder if this little journey I took with my “Faith” was not only a time to say goodbye to many things in my life at that time… but prepare me for change and the goodbyes to come!
Like many of you…I hate saying good bye! I am a gal that always tries to face my fears… but to say goodbye seems so hard for me. I usually am able to let go quickly of most things and move on… but this time…this year…was different!
I think it is time for me to face many things… and saying goodbye is one of them! In my opinion we all have to find our own personal ways of dealing with this…we can get help and support from others but in the end we have to be able to live with ourselves and move forward. For me, this time of letting go often happens when I least expect it! I reflect later and am usually surprised how when I was ready… so was my mind, body and spirit to let go!!!!
My dear “Faith” is no longer with us and I now try and focus on the good times that we had. I know in my heart that I was able to help Faith during our short time together and she helped me and our family in too many ways to mention. Memories of her are all over and I never want to erase any of them! I will chose to turn every memory in our home and places we traveled together into lovely memories that we had together!
THANK YOU FAITH…
A By Faith Adventure
Times have changed and with today’s technology we have so many wonderful options. We can look up anything on the internet and visit beautiful places, even if only in our minds…BUT…In my opinion there is nothing like the experience of “being” there!
Recently I was able visit Arizona’s very own Niagara Falls known as Grand Falls. I had heard about this amazing place by a few locals that have been there and had previously looked it up on the “internet”. I knew I wanted to go and knew that I would someday, but when? This past weekend was fortunately that day!
My husband and I frequently go out jeeping, so this is not so different for us, but it was a time for change! I suggested we drive out to Leupp Az to see this Grand Falls. We wondered if we should make the drive because of the chance the falls may not be flowing. I knew in my heart that it would! I was told that the water only flows 6 or 7 times a year but I knew this was our time to go. Sometimes life is just a “BY FAITH ADVENTURE”
I sit here writing this, still majestically in awe of this place. Jeeping is always relaxing and therapeutic for us but I did not realize the new chapter in life that this day would bring for me!
Usually we try and find less traveled roads for our weekend adventures but I was pleasantly surprised at our views while traveling along the freeway this wet snowy day! As we arrived on the Navajo reservation beautiful snowcapped mountains were all around us. Clouds hovered over the peaks for most of our adventure filled day.
When we pulled up to the monument, I was delighted to see we had the place to ourselves, for a while anyway. We hurriedly hopped out of the jeep, along with our dog, Faith, to see if we were blessed with seeing the falls at their finest. The sky was dark and the weather was really cold and windy! I could hear the water rushing so I knew at least some water from the Little Colorado River was flowing. We were content with seeing the chocolate water rushing over the boulders hurriedly on its way, yet wondered if we would see any falls. We took pictures and enjoyed reading the informational plaques about the area. There were very nice restroom facilities and several enclosed resting spots that were strategically placed for viewing. Most had picnic tables under them to enjoy the beauty of the Grand Falls.
As we looked further down the hill we noticed a mist rising and now were certain the falls were awaiting our arrival. I was content with the view from the top and stood mesmerized by the sound of the rushing water cascading down to start its very own new adventure.
Other visitors were starting to drive in so I quickly took Faith for a run down to the next leveled look out area to take in as much peace and quiet as we could by ourselves. I noticed a seat on the ledge that looked as if it had been shaped and formed just for me! Faith and I sat there for a while and listened to the serenity of the wind and water. It came to me that it was time to release some of my thoughts and feelings that were surely ready to be let go. Anthony sensed that I needed time to myself and went back to the jeep to get us some warm tea from our thermos.
I can never soak in enough of nature into my soul. If you have read any of my other blogs, you know that for us, Nature is Therapy!
I looked carefully below and knew that it was time. Instead of going through all of my concerns, my mind thankfully decided to pick up a palm sized stone. I would not have been able to carry one comparable to my cares. I quickly dropped the stone down the cliff as if I was embarrassed for anyone to see. This thought quickly disappeared and I wondered if my stone had bounced off of each descending ledge. The sharp pieces of volcanic lava rock possibly even chipping away as my life had felt in the last few months. I wondered if my stone had even reached the bottom or sat waiting for me to release what was left in me.
As always, with perfect timing, Anthony brought over our hot tea and crouched beside me to help warm my heart and spirit. Faith stayed by my side the whole time as our best friends do. She often is impatient and whining to move on… but she knew.
I breathed in every drop I could of the fall’s beauty as we were not sure if we would be able to get any closer to the cascading falls. People were also starting to descend down and we knew if we wanted “our time” in nature we must keep moving.
We moved down to the third level ledge that seemed only for parking so we looked for a hiking trail to the bottom. We noticed a couple walking down below close to the falls and patiently let them have their time, as we know how special these moments can be.
We drove down to the fourth and very last level ledge and started our descent. We dressed Faith in her sweater and cape and put on extra layers of clothing too. The hike was fairly easy at first but some of the rocks became slippery as we descended. Just like life! Nothing prepared us for the majestic beauty that what waiting for us at the end of our walk but I will try and portray.
As we walked along the banks of this flowing water we attentively listened to the sound that could only be heard from below. Me, always pushing for the best… wanted to go closer to the falls… muddy or not! We had huge amounts of mud surrounding our hiking shoes but still moved onward. Our feet were feeling heavy yet Faith was pulling to see the grazing cattle ahead. She kept us from staying in one place too long and sinking into the abyss. Anthony found the perfect hill closer to the falls for us to rest on. For a moment, I hesitantly looked away from the drawing of the hypnotic water to see another lovely site. Red volcanic rocks were calling us closer to enjoy their niches and small cave like hiding places. Tumbleweeds were growing all around. A few had broken away to quickly be blown into the adventure of the river. Faith chased a few and playfully wrestled with them as they blew past her.
I knew our alone time was soon coming to and end as I could see more visitors arriving above us. I looked around for a place to perch and found stones lying all around. I could not help but wonder if others had thrown down their stone cares from up above too! I found a perfect stone that fit perfectly for my feet and squatted down to gather my closing moments with this Grand Falls. I closed my eyes and could only hear the rushing falls and feel the wind rushing all around me. I took time to meditate and pray for my family and welcome a blessed new year into our lives. As I was finishing up with my eyes still closed the mist of the falls blew over my way and damped my face. I smiled and welcomed the spray of blessings. I opened my eyes and felt ready to ascend back up the cliff to allow others to enjoy their day as we had.
Sun set was fast approaching so we drove away to find a spot to enjoy our dinner we had brought. We found a lovely place in the National Forest with a view of the clouds around the peaks in Flagstaff, Az. Another day fulfilled and knowing how blessed I truly am!
Here is some more information for you in case you would like to visit here too!
The drive is easy to get to and the Navajo Nation’s website is listed here to assist you with any other questions or concerns you may have: http://navajonationparks.org/htm/grandfalls.htm
Grand Falls is one of the five highest waterfalls in Arizona. At 185 feet high it is taller than Niagara Falls (183 feet) though not nearly as wide (est. 200 feet). Grand Falls is part of the Little Colorado River and its headwaters are in the White Mountains in eastern Arizona and western New Mexico. Grand Falls is so muddy it is also known as Chocolate Falls or Muddy Falls. (Rubber Boots suggested)
Most of the year Grand Falls does not flow. It is so dry Navajo Route 70 crosses the Little Colorado riverbed just above the falls, as do several other crossings. Grand Falls typically does flow 7-8 times a year. It flows for two reasons: snowmelt in the White Mountains in March and April, and a few days after a heavy rainfall. Your best chance of seeing the falls flowing is to go a few days after a heavy rainstorm in eastern Arizona. There is a USGS water height and flow gauge for the Little Colorado at Winslow, Arizona. Winslow is upstream of the Grand Falls. If there is a good flow at Winslow there will be a good flow at the Grand Falls a few days later. It takes about two days for a heavy flow recorded in Winslow to make its way downstream to Grand Falls. Some have suggested that you need a permit but the Navajo Leupp chapter so graciously notes that no permit is needed for visitors: http://leupp.navajochapters.org/
After you go, maybe send an e-mail to thank the Leupp Navajo chapter for sharing their amazing Grand Falls with us!
Oil- O- Scope
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