Positive Outlook, Gambel Oak near Point Sublime, North Rim, Grand Canyon
Oil on Canvas, 40in. x 60in., 2021
Almost a year ago, Randy and I acquired a lodging reservation on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon because a friend had to cancel. Truth be told, most visitors were there because of cancellations. There were young couples with their travel vans and retired folks with flexible schedules, all there to enjoy the height of fall color. Everyone was happy and friendly despite the state of the pandemic. We were privileged to enjoy one of the most spectacular places on earth during its most colorful season: autumn.
The restaurants and gift shop were closed, but the canyon was wide open. We drove down a winding dirt road through yellow aspens to the rim of the canyon at Point Sublime. It was wild, uncrowded and peaceful.
That night we sat in the dark on the patio of the lodge talking with people from across the US, mostly much younger than us. We drank wine and listened to the analysis of this podcast and that podcast, and by the time the chilly evening was over, I was thoroughly encouraged. The future was in good hands. Speaking of podcasts, I recently heard a fascinating young man speak about how statistically, the state of the world is better than ever. Negative news is pumped out on a loop, and its effects can be hard on our mindset, but really, if we look at the truth; well, one can be very optimistic.
The change of seasons is a great time to reflect on the truth around you. The leaves are falling, the light is changing, and winter is coming. Pull the Jeep over and make a stop at Positive Outlook; the view is great.