The Writer's Road Trip Series is brought to you by the Blogging from A-to-Z April Challenge. This month I'm blogging daily about ideal places for an afternoon, weekend or longer stay to focus on your writing. Need a retreat to finish that manuscript? Or maybe a virtual trip to inspire a scene? Take a minute, read, imagine. And thanks for stopping by!
Grand Canyon two years ago during the A-to-Z Challenge. It was an exhilarating, torturous, transcending, physically painful, and mentally-challenging journey. During my 5-hour trip up the Canyon, I vowed I would never do that to my body again. Two hours later, I was planning my next trip down. It was THAT cool!
One aspect of the trip I didn't mention during my last post was the Canteen at Phantom Ranch. After a day exploring the bottom of the Canyon along the Colorado River, a visit to this campground community building for one of their icy lemonades is nothing short of heaven (25 cent refills, too!). The Canteen is the perfect place to play cards, socialize with other campers, journal, or grab a toasted bagel with cream cheese if you're sick to death of eating dehydrated food.
On the second day at Phantom Ranch, it drizzled. So I walked to the Canteen to read something from the 'library', a collection of books and magazines left by other hikers (probably with the hopes of lightening their packs for the ascent). I purposely avoided the 'Death in the Grand Canyon' title, and left my paperback copy of Maureen Johnson's 13 Little Blue Envelopes for someone else.