Cloud Surfing – Grand Canyon Adventure

GrumbleSmiles was set up to provide innovative answers to tackling the problems of loneliness in later life.    Many older people are less able to get out and about, which can be the first steps towards a life of isolation.

My travel around the clouds continue (you can see more travel adventures by clicking on CLOUD SURFING in the TAG CLOUD).   Today I invite you to join me on a trip to unknown destinations around the world and an opportunity to talk to new and interesting people.  All at no cost and from the comfort of your own armchair.

We are going cloudsurfing to the USA.

Courtesy of a blogger and photographer who lives in Alaska.  Her blog is called Gullible’s Travels and her name is Jeanne Waite Follett.  My thanks to her for sharing her excellent travel stories.


We organised some spectacular adventures for older people when I ran the ExtraCare Charitable Trust.    Some residents sailed the Tall Ship across the Channel which was too scary for me.   Others went to the Commonwealth Games in Sydney and had a spectacular time in Australia.   Some went gambling in Las Vegas and others walked on the Great Wall of China.    (You can see some of these stories earlier in my blog by clicking on “ExtraCare Traditions” in the TAG CLOUD).

However, Jeanne Follett has made some equally adventerous journeys which she has written about in her blog.   Below are some of the photographs from a particularly challenging trek in the Grand Canyon.

The scenery already looks spectacular but the trek looks quite straight forward at the beginning.

Travelling down into the base of Marble Canyon you need to hang on and have a head for heights.

I don’t want to steal Jeanne’s thunder, so if you want to see the rest of the adventure, you will need to click on the link below.

The photographs are great and the story of the journey is interesting.  You can follow it all from your armchair by looking at Jeanne’s blog.

In the weeks ahead, I will publish more blogs and photographs from my cloud surfing travels.


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3 Responses to Cloud Surfing – Grand Canyon Adventure

  1. davidfreeman says:

    It is great to see these pictures of a ramble through the ‘Grand Canyon’, it shows the power of nature and what we can gaze at in wonderment. However, I am taken back to the Saturday morning ‘flicks’ and chidrens TV in the late 50’s 60’s: Here I am dreaming all about those horse operas’s with the likes of Charlton Heston[high noon?], John Wayne, and many more as they dash about on horseback chasing those baddies, or redskins. Alas but a dream.
    As one who is captivate by ‘gullible s travels, I just wish to remind that gentle English person, there are many a sight, sound to listen too look at in this wonderful country of ours.
    In the west riding one can admire the countryside of the ‘Last of the summer wine’ the glens and snowcapped munroe’s of Scotland, and the sea line shore line of cornwall. One may need pictures to remind one of their travels, but wait a minute, It need not be a photograph or the written word but a ‘cherish memory’ of an occasion.
    While at sea as a younger man, off watch out of the engine room and all that heat , steam, and noise, one could sit on deck and just admire the surrounds while one sat on the ‘’BITS’’ at the after end of the ship, watching the wake stream. Many a moment was sacred at dusk or dawn admiring the sunset or sunrise quietly, which I can still do from my front window in retirement. In the dusk and early morning I admire the colour of the sky, and recall ‘grannies’ saying – red sky at night shepherds delight-red sky in the morning shepherds warning. Then one hears a ‘clap of thunder-silence and then some lightening- [I now count the seconds to see how far the storm is away? I wait again for the next lightening flash and count again : I beg the question is it coming or going away from me, and if at night I see the lightening flashes- fork or straight and an instant thunderous roar of thunder is overhead, and I just sit in awe of the various forms that lightening can take. One of the magic occasions at sea with lightening or an electric storm in the tropics was when the lightening danced around the ships masts, no thunder but a wonderful crown of jewels of electric static which was referred too as ‘ST ELmos Fire’. Again on a clear night depending where one lives in the UK one can gaze at the night sky and the ‘Polar Star -[great bear]’-Great!! while in the southern hemisphere on a clear night at sea one gazed at the ‘Southern Cross’ { represented on the flag of New Zealand?}.
    Again coming home either up the channel or Irish sea to loch long one was struck by the greenery of England and or Scotland, and if in the winter the snow caps of the Scottish ‘bens’[mountains], complementing the green carpet: wonderful!.
    One pleasure off watch during the day sailing whether in the tropics of the meditiranean was to stand at the bow of the ship and watch the dolphins/porpoises play in the ships bow wave, while we were steaming at 14 Knots some 18mph. It was a wondrous site and the pod would follow the ship for some 10 -15 minutes.
    One can, and one does dream, just open ones mind and see what is around you, and lift one soul with the experiences of the past? You may have had a bad experience; do not be downbeat just wonder at what nature can offer one, if one has an open mind, and a wilingness to talk, write and communicate to think of what gives one pleasure?

    • john graham says:

      That’s a great comment David. There are many ways of experiencing the wonders of the world and we don’t all have to have the confidence to navigate the depths of the Grand Canyon. Your post shows there are many ways of appreciating what we see around us.

  2. David Freeman says:

    10 POUND POMMS, DO YOU REMEMBER THE Shaw SAVELL ships on the uk aussie run in the 60,s named ss southern cross and ss northern star. Built at vickers armstrong walker yard on the tyne? Both sister ships. Memories!

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