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The Captains Grand Weekend By Himself

After spending the last two weeks of #WaybackWednesday in the California sun we are heading to the desert for my Year On The Road.  I left California a day after turning 25 and headed east through the badlands.  I came to a fork in the road with a big decision to make.  I could either head north and spend a weekend alone in Las Vegas, or I could head south and spend it alone at the Grand Canyon.  It was a tough decision, but I ultimately steered south towards Arizona.

 

At that point in my life I had already been to Vegas once and I thought a weekend there by myself could lead to big trouble.  Instead I spent a reflective weekend hiking the Grand Canyon alone with my giant digital camera.

 

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This is from September 7th, 2003.  I had two whole days to wander around the Canyons solo.  Plenty of time to practice what the kids now call Selfies.

 

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Of course I took lots of other pic of the beautiful scenery

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And spent a lot of time contemplating my life at that moment.  The whole experience really changed my life for the better.  The world seemed like such a big and beautiful place that was calling my name.  It was that weekend that I decided for good that I wanted to go back to school to get a Master degree.  And within a year I was in graduate school at UMSL.  Looking back ten years later, I can still remember how clear everything seemed while I was sitting on the edge of a cliff looking down.  Another high point in a year full of life changing events.

 

Ciao,

The Captain

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