Currently Arizona is the only state in the continental United States that does not observe Daylight Savings Time (Hawaii doesn’t also). However, the large Navajo Reservation does. Imagine the fooling around you have to do with your clock driving around Arizona. Actually, if all goes as planned, I will be driving around Arizona soon. Chandler and I plan to attend the last Angels spring training game in Tempe and then we hope to go camping and hiking in the Grand Canyon.
Chandler has a fascination with the Grand Canyon I would like to get him close to. Find out what it’s all about. Recently, in an assignment for school regarding things the students would like to do, one of the things Chandler wrote down was to take a motorcycle trip to the Grand Canyon with me when he’s old enough for a license. I was flattered and excited. (Can you rent motorcycles?) So I surprised him with this trip idea over his spring holiday. I figured we could get acquainted with the park so we would have a better idea what we wanted to do and see when we return as “wild hogs” in a few years.
To accommodate the spring training game, however, I realized we would be gone over Easter. It’s early this year: March 31. After initially thinking I would cancel this idea in favor of maintaining Easter traditions at home, I had second thoughts when Marti said she was willing to forego tradition for Chandler to have this opportunity. (She’s the one in our family most committed to tradition, so if she says go, that means go.) Then I thought of what it would be like to watch the sun rise over the Grand Canyon on Easter Sunday. That’s about the grandest Easter Sunrise Service I can think of. You will be hearing about this, I’m sure.
Sorry for being so newsy this morning, but this is what I wanted to write about today. Usually, when I write about what is compelling to me, I uncover some deeper significance in the process … something I can share with you … some universal truth that will apply to us all. Not sure I’m finding that today, except that planning a trip with my son seems pretty significant.
There’s also that thing about Arizona and Daylight Savings Time. With Arizona off DST, I won’t have to change any clocks for this trip. By the way, how many of you have clocks you still haven’t changed yet? I have one on my furnace that will require going online to download the manual, and one in my car that will require digging out that manual, if I still have it. I’m guessing I will get this done by about June sometime.
I love what John wrote us in a comment about my recent DST Catch: “Concerning DST: I read once that an old Native American Chief said, ‘Only Government would think you can cut one foot off one end of blanket and sew it on other end, and make it longer.’”
Obviously that chief was not a Navajo.