Easter is holiday that is rich in tradition, as we celebrate Jesus rising from the dead, spending time with family; but what does that look like living an RV? Should we maintain our traditions, or should we make new ones? Our traditions have always been pretty simple - worshiping in the morning with our church family, ham and potatoes for lunch, an egg hunt and a small basket of goodies for the kids, and a wonderful afternoon nap.
This year ended up being quite a bit different for us; we still found a local church that had a sunrise service. It met at a park and had a pretty good turnout for 6:30 AM. We sang and worshiped, listened to the birds chirping, and felt the cool morning breeze on our cheeks. It was great service, but it was definitely bittersweet. I missed our church family, I missed the introduction to the God at the Movie series at our church, and I missed the kids going crazy over a bunch of plastic eggs. This year we decided to dye Easter eggs. We have only done this on other time and that was 7 years ago, so I guess we were due. The kids had fun, which is why we parents can handle the mess, I suppose. After church, we finished packing up and headed to our long awaited destination - the Grand Canyon! The drive was absolutely beautiful! Driving from the desert to the Kaibab Forest was amazing. I will miss the Saguaro cactus, but the beauty of the canyon easily makes up for it.
We arrived at the canyon, had small snack, let the kids open their Easter baskets, started dinner in the Instant Pot, then took the bus to the visitor center (we wanted to get a head start on the Junior Ranger Program Booklet). If you haven’t been to the Grand Canyon, you should go! Words cannot truly express the grandeur and your eyes cannot truly comprehend it either. It was chilly, so we didn’t stay long because we were not really dressed for it. But we are excited to return tomorrow and hopefully hike some of the Bright Angel Trail. The kids are excited about learning and exploring with their junior ranger books.