Monday, September 12, 2016

So Much More to See (Day 25)

This morning I noted the various posts on FB referencing the 15th anniversary of 9/11—“a day that will go down in infamy,” as Roosevelt said after the bombing of Pearl Harbor.  (The day the A-Bomb was dropped on Hiroshima was also one of those days).  We must never forget 9/11, but at the same time, we cannot dwell there.  We must move on to create a world where such things can never happen again.  Fifteen years have passed since the event and it has taken almost that long to get appropriate action out of Congress to care for the victims (particularly the first-responders)!  I get frustrated with our outraged cries of “patriotism” and then our corresponding refusal to take care of our patriots—from the 9/11 first-responders to our veterans.  We respond with rancor about a person not standing for the national anthem at a sports event, but are silent when we hear of the failure of our country to provide our troops with appropriate care!  Have you observed what happens among spectators at a football game when the national anthem is being played?  Most of the spectators are more interested in their beer and the upcoming game than giving respect to the flag that still waves, “O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.”  

It was very hot here in Page, Arizona today (97°).  The heat, however, did not keep us from doing a tour of Antelope Canyon.  What a beautiful place it is!  By the way, you know you’ve reached senior maturity when you become aware of the fact that you are the oldest couple in a tour group and everybody is kind of watching you and wondering if you are going to make it!  We made it!

Tomorrow we take to the road again.  There is no definite plan, but there are places I’d like to see along the way, the Canyon of the Ancients, the ruts left by those covered wagons of the pioneers, Chimney Rock in Colorado, and so much more.  I want to see some places for a second or third time like the Navajo Monument, Monument Valley, etc.  My bucket list is endless, because I keep adding things to it!

Antelope Canyon

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