Gratitude and the Grand Canyon


While backpacking in the Grand Canyon last week I managed to win my first election. In the contest for Montpelier Parks Commission on Town Meeting Day I prevailed by a vote of 1398 to 677. And I was among the last to know.

As Montpelier voters went to the polls, Ruth and I (having voted absentee) were hiking off-trail in a relatively obscure portion of the Grand Canyon on the north side of the Colorado River. To those who voted and offered me wisdom and support, I offer the most sincere gratitude. Along the with other dedicated member of the Parks Commission, I’ll bring passion and three decades of experience gained while working and playing on public lands.

And for putting up with me during the campaign, here are a few images from our hike, including a few of Ruth and her customary dawn coffee. Click on any one to start the slide show (and click the “i” button for captions). We’re on our way back to winter in Vermont. Thanks again, everyone!


  1. Ann Lewis says:

    Bryan, These photos are so beautiful. Next best thing to being there! And congrats on your election to public service!

  2. martha pfeiffer says:

    The Grand Canyon has never looked more beautiful. Thanks for posting. Smart voters in Montpelier. They finally get it.
    Martha Pfeiffer

  3. Katie Woodruff says:

    Breath-taking photos of the Grand Canyon. Myndy and I have flown down inside the canyon many years ago ,before they decided to regulate such flights. We were traveling with our plane, further west. Beautiful pictures! “Tip of the Hat” for your recent election. Katie Woodruff

  4. Congratulations Bryan! Does this mean you will be in Montpelier behind a desk full time or does the Comm. meet less periodically. Nice way to find out about an election. You and Teddy roosevelt have something in common!

    • Bryan says:

      Hi Sue and John,

      Actually, it seems some folks have misunderstood the position. I’ve been joking about it. It’s a seat on the five-member Parks Commission. It’s a volunteer elected position — like lots in Vermont government. It also means, yeah, I’ll still be outside!


  5. Judy Brook says:

    Congratulations, Bryan. Beautiful pictures! Thank you for whetting my appetite for a trip to the west.

  6. Sue Cloutier says:

    Congratulations! You will serve the parks well. And welcome back to the land of the white stuff. :-)

  7. Carolyn says:

    I’ve recently been reading Zane Grey’s entire body of work, much of which takes place in this area. It’s nice to see his descriptions come to life in these photos!

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