Sunday Post: Sunrise…A New Beginning For Everyone

 Jake at Time after Time has a Sunday Post Challenge and every week he provides a theme…this week’s theme is SUNRISE.

In the summer of 1969, my husband and I packed up our 1967 Pontiac Catalina and left the east coast with a sign that said, “California or Bust”.  We were teachers at the time and had the summer off…and we spent the next six weeks traveling across the country.  I still have the journal we kept that tells what cities we stayed in and how much we spent for everything.  The entire trip, including gas, motels, food, keepsakes (we still have a bunch of oil on velvet paintings that we bought in Ensenada, Mexico) cost us $1200.  Amazing! 

Sunrise is also a perfect theme because Wednesday is World Environment Day…if we want the sunrise to greet our grandchildren and their grandchildren, we need to be thoughtful about preserving and caring for our planet by reusing and recycling wherever we can.

We knew we wanted to experience the sunrise over the Grand Canyon and drove all night from Las Vegas through Zion National Park, finally arriving at the Grand Canyon at 5am.  We made our way along the trail…which was no easy task in the dark.  Fortunately, we met another tourist who offered to take our picture.  I apologize for the poor job of editing these photos…my scanner was not cooperating and my editing program decided to join the strike.

Less than a minute later, he snapped the picture below.We will never forget that moment!

For me, every sunrise is a new beginning.  No matter what your situation, every day is the first day of the rest of your life.  We have a fresh opportunity each day to be kind to someone…to help another person…to encourage a child…to follow our dream.  What will you do when the sun rises tomorrow?

Want more information about Jake’s Sunday Post?

 http://jakesprinters.wordpress.com/ 

And here are some other bloggers who are doing Jake’s Sunday Post:

http://aliciapics.wordpress.com/2012/06/02/sunday-post-sunrise/

http://jobryantnz.wordpress.com/2012/06/03/sunday-post-sunrise/

http://motherwifestudentworker.wordpress.com/2012/06/02/weekly-sunday-post-sunrise/

http://lucidgypsy.wordpress.com/2012/06/02/the-sunday-post-sunrise/

26 thoughts on “Sunday Post: Sunrise…A New Beginning For Everyone

    • We actually went cross country twice in those first five years we were married…and road-tripped through many parts of Canada as well. That particular leg of the journey (from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon) was about 800 miles, if I remember correctly…even though we were in our early 20’s, we almost fell asleep during the long drive…I would NOT recommend anyone doing that…but it was thrilling to see the sunrise over the Grand Canyon, to be sure. 🙂

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  2. Wonder, Vivian! While I get the most writing done at night, sunrise is my favorite time for living and being grateful. When my daughter was an infant, she and I both made the most of the sunrises.

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  4. Great story, Vivian! You bring back memories for me! My husband and I (former teachers), left the midwest for the Badlands, Yellowstone, Glacier and the Tetons in 1975. Our trip was only 4 weeks, but we love remembering those good old times. No A/C in the car, sticky plastic seats, stopping in Pierre, SD in 104 degree weather! Wouldn’t trade that trip for any exotic one!
    Great photos! Great post about recycling and repurposing….

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    • Hi Judy!
      So nice of you to leave such a lovely comment! Yes, our many trips of long ago have special places in our hearts…as you say…they were not exotic…but the memories bring laughter and tears…happy ones. 🙂 Glad you liked the post…if only each person could do one thing towards preserving and protecting our precious environment, it would definitely help! And by encouraging young children to consider their impact on the environment, we are turning the eyes of the next generation towards solutions!

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  5. ” every sunrise is a new beginning. No matter what your situation, every day is the first day of the rest of your life. We have a fresh opportunity each day to be kind to someone…to help another person…to encourage a child…to follow our dream” – I love this and I so agree! thanks for sharing…

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