|Mern Warwick © Chet Warwick, 1980s|
This week's Sepia Saturday theme is rest or sleep or whatever the clever Sepians see in the photo inspiration. I love this photo of my mother resting after a long day's hike on a backpack trip into the Grand Canyon. This photo is © Chet Warwick and used with permission. Having been on one of their trips into the Grand Canyon, I can attest to the need for a nap!
I chose these photos inspired by Alan's post on News from Nowhere: The Book is Dead, Long Live the Book. Alan is launching into a book project to commemorate his parents while I have the great honor of being able to help my mother's stories live on.
As you can probably surmise, Mern Warwick lead an extremely active life. In the 1980s and 1990s, there weren't too many people in their 50s and 60s backpacking the Grand Canyon. When cancer struck, limiting her mobility, my mother took solace in writing down our family adventures. And they were adventures! After breaking a mast and weathering a particularly violent thunderstorm in the middle of a large lake my husband commented, "I thought this vacation wasn't going to be life-threatening!"
My mother and I combed through hundreds of photos trying to find just the right ones to illustrate the various stories. We shared our memories and laughed as we worked. Sadly, she passed away before we were able to finish her book - there were only a few unfinished stories. But, as Alan has said, technology is a wonderful thing and it is now possible to create a bound book of her memories to share with the family.
It is very difficult for a photograph to convey the sense of scale of the Grand Canyon. The backpacking routes my parents followed were 40-50 miles but covered only a very small fraction of the canyon. Much of the distance seemed to be going either straight down or straight up! You can barely see the river snaking through the valley below. All the trips into the Grand Canyon included a swim! Sadly, my personal photographs of the Grand Canyon are on slides - a box not yet tackled. Below is another photograph taken by my father ca 1955.
|Mern Warwick © Chet Warwick, 1950s|
This is just one of several posts on Sepia Saturday 93. So put your feet up, take a rest and enjoy a virtual hike through interpretations on a theme that are certain to be as varied as the strata of the Grand Canyon.