I’ve just returned from a two-week Grand Canyon O.A.R.S. Dory Boat vacation on the Colorado River. I had an outrageously awesome time making new friends, gawking at the stunning scenery and taking in everything Mother Nature has to offer. I stole a few solitude moments to plein air watercolor sketch the enchanted surroundings. The canyon seems to nurture creativity providing intoxicating landscapes full of inspiration.
Being in the canyon on the Colorado was a thrilling experience. New friendships were formed as well as great memories. Words and photographs cannot describe the Grand Canyon; the canyon must be experienced from within to be truly appreciated. I am thankful for the privilege of two weeks in the good hands of O.A.R.S. on the water and in the sand, sleeping under the Milky Way.
Please check out more of my Colorado River watercolor sketches in my art gallery.
This past weekend Amy and I attended the 2014 Taste of Country Music Festival at Hunter Mountain New York. In my defense, and to stay on subject of my woodworking blog, I must say I did take a woodcarving project with me. Only a little woodcarving occurred. I would not have made it far into the venue with box of sharp tools. I chose instead to bring a pocket sized sketchbook and pencil and lounged back and practiced sketching.
The weekend was full of great music. Friday night was a raucous time with Brantley Gilbert, Dierks Bentley and finale of pouring rain. Saturday was a ton of fun with little sun and The Cadillac Three. Craig Morgan kept everyone’s mind off the cool evening temperatures. Randy Houser, abandoning his band and broke down bus in Pittsburgh earlier in the day, treated the crowd by crooning unplugged. Sunday was a sunny scorcher with great tunes provided by Tyler Farr and Thomas Rhett. Thompson Square rounded out the festival delightfully.
We will be returning next year ready to muddy up our tires and boots while camping riverside.
Earlier this month my wife and I rode Amtrak from New Jersey to Salt Lake City roundtrip. Two and a half days each direction allowed for much rest and relaxation in our sleeping accommodations. When we arrived in Salt Lake City we joined up with our woodcarving friend Lydia from Germany. Together we drove to southwest Utah to for a week of hiking and fun.
I returned from the trip with three small pieces of driftwood responsibly collected during our adventures. After the driftwood was treated to insure no hitchhikers were present I cut and planed the wood flat on one side to hang on a wall. These pretty pieces of Mother Nature’s art remind us of how beautiful Southern Utah is and the wonderful time we shared there.