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Hello from the Grand Canyon!

2011 September 5
by shana

Desert View from Watchtower

Despite all of my best intentions to keep up… and get caught up… with this blog, I have found myself unable to do so for various reasons. The most prominent reason is the need to focus on things that have the potential to contribute to the monthly responsibility of bill paying. Which means that time not spent at my “day” job is primarily spent working on art or jewelry that will be either posted online for sale or taken to art & craft fairs when the opportunity arises. Currently, I am working at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. Anytime that is not dedicated to those two primary aspects of my life is spent experiencing my new surroundings which is leaving me little time to write and edit photos.

After returning to Montana from Alaska last Fall, I didn’t know what I was going to do or where I was going, or how I was going to get there. I knew I couldn’t financially sustain a full time life on the road without the aid of winning the lottery, so I needed to explore other options. I started looking into seasonal work, with the idea that I could still see more of the country, but seasonally while working. I had originally intended on coming to Arizona after returning to the lower 48, so I applied at the Grand Canyon. I had never been before, and it would somewhat follow my original plans.

I have had some surreal moments where I find myself wondering how I ended up working at the Grand Canyon when I had originally intended on being a tourist at the Grand Canyon. However, I just consider it another experience and perspective. I enjoy exploring opposite ends of perspectives, and this is no exception. My experiences visiting the National Parks of the US and Canada last Fall were amazing as a visitor, as a passer-through. Now, I have the experience of being one of the people that makes those experiences possible. But, I will save those stories for another day.

What I will say now, is that I am trying not to lose sight of the fact, in my day to day, that I get to walk a path through the woods to work where I have a view of the Grand Canyon, and where I get to meet a variety of people from all over the world who are all here for different reasons.

I hope everyone is doing well and experiencing life to the fullest!

Koji looking out at Grand Canyon

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