NyQuil is not the Answer

Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah, View from above

Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah, Views from above the rim

Bryce National Park, Utah, view from below

Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah, views from below the rim

Shelley: (Flip. Flop….. Flip…… Flop. Flip……… Flop. Flip. Flop. Flip. Flop…Flip. Flop…Flip. Flip. Flip. Flip………… Flop. )

John: Jesus Christ Shelley! It’s two o’clock in the morning. Go to sleep.

Shelley: Trust me, the last thing I want to do is lie in bed flip flopping all night long. Oh my God, I’m so tired. Why can’t I sleep? This week we’ve hiked over 60 kilometres In Zion, Bryce and the Northern rim of Grand Canyon National Park.

Northern Rim of Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

Northern Rim of Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

I should be exhausted. I am exhausted. But I still can’t sleep. Arghhhh. That’s it.

John: Where are you going? What are you doing?

Shelley: I’m getting the NyQuil.

John: Shelley! No! NyQuil is not the answer. You can’t chug that stuff every time you can’t sleep. It’s not healthy. Come back to bed.

Shelley: What choice do I have? Everything’s going crazy in my head. It’s like the fourth of July in there. Worse. Imagine fireworks going off in your head with Katy Perry singing, “The Eye of the Tiger” and not even the entire song. One line. One friggin’ line.

“I’ve got the eye of the tigerrr” over and over and over and over and over…

John: Try emptying your mind as you take deep breaths.

Shelley:………… Not working.

John: Emmmpppttyyyyy your meiiiiind. Breathe innnnnnnnn. Breathe oooooooouuuut.

Shelley:………. Sigh. Not working. What else do you have?

John: Try thinking about today’s visit to Antelope Canyon. Close your eyes and imagine you’re there. Breathe innnnnnnnn. Breathe oooooooouuuut. Can you see the shapes, the colours, the incredible lighting in the canyon slot?

Antelope Canyon, Arizona

Antelope Canyon, Arizona

This one should be called, "Batman" Antelope Canyon, Arizona

This one should be called, “The Batman” (Antelope Canyon, Arizona)

"The Bear" at Antelope Canyon, Arizona

“The Bear That ate John” at Antelope Canyon, Arizona

"The Wolf" at Antelope Canyon, Arizona

“The Wolf” in Antelope Canyon, Arizona

"The Necklace" in Antelope Canyon, Arizona

“The Necklace” in Antelope Canyon, Arizona

And this one I've named, "The Upside Down Naked Lady" in Antelope Canyon, Arizona

And my favourite shot that I’ve named, “The Upside Down Naked Lady” in Antelope Canyon, Arizona

Shelley: Yeeessss. Yawn.

John: Are you beginning to relax?

Shelley: Yeeeeesssss. Yawwnnnnnn. Oh no. It stopped working. I just remembered how that guy next to me in the tour truck almost sat on my lap. I hate it when strangers touch me. Euuuhhhhhh. And all those people in the cave? It was like a cattle round up. And then, out of nowhere, my camera stopped working. All I could think was, “What a waste of $37.”

John: I don’t think you’re trying.

Shelley: Of course I’m trying.

John: No. I don’t think you are.

Shelley: I am too trying.

John: If you were trying, you wouldn’t let stuff like that get into your head.

Shelley: But that’s what I’ve been trying to tell you. I can’t help it. Besides between the two of us, I am, by far, the hardest tryer.

John: What are you talking about?

Shelley: I’m talking about today when I asked you to lie on the ground and pretend you were dead in order to attract a condor, but you refused to try.

John: Damn right I didn’t. Those birds have a wing span of over 9 feet. They’re huge.

Shelley: But I really really wanted to see one. Remember how disappointed I was last year, when for the third year in a row I didn’t see a whale or one crummy mountain sheep? I’m experiencing that level of acute disappointment. Acute John.

Not my picture. (en.wikipedia.org)

Not my picture. (en.wikipedia.org)

John: If you wanted to see a condor that badly, why didn’t you lie on the ground?

Shelley: Couldn’t chance it. Those birds would carry me away. Besides I’m in charge of the camera. You tell me that all of the time.

John: That’s it.

Shelley: Where are you going? What are you doing?

John: I’m getting the Nyquil.

Shelley: But I though you said…

John: Shhhh. No more talking. Hey! Did you just lick Nyquil off my shoulder?

Shelley: We’re almost out. Didn’t want to waste.

Day 36, October 15/2014

Day 36, October 15/2014

Happy belated Canadian Thanksgiving from Shelley and John, your volunteer travel reporters for “The Comox Valley Echo.”


Stay tuned for our next post from Kanab, Utah

36 thoughts on “NyQuil is not the Answer

    • Right? I am drugged the next day too. My latest trick is shoving my head between the wall and the bed, hanging my feet over the end of the bed and jiggling them. John has decided that NyQuil isn’t all that bad! 🙂 Thanks for the thumbs up on the pic’s. I realized I should have brought a tripod for the long exposure times. Live and learn.

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    • Am making a list from all who write. Ambien sounds good. Why the heck not?? Oh boy. Maybe just maybe my inability to sleep might have something to do with reducing the menopause dosage. Dang! 🙂


  1. We saw condors in the States last year and no-one had to play dead!!!!!!! Sorry Shell? It could be the Andrew fish syndrome…………..🐝


  2. I feel your pain! My mind never shuts off and it is miserable. The more I tell me to shut up, the louder and more persistent my mind talking becomes. It is like there is a crowd up there having a party and all I want is sleep! Will have to try the NyQuil.


  3. I can’t decide if I need to comment on the AMAZING photography or the laughs first. Well, I guess I answered that question! 😉

    OMG, “Besides between the two of us, I am, by far, the hardest tryer.”, that is classic! 😀


  4. OMG, how beautiful. The photos of Antelope Canyon, especially, are beyond the imagination…and your captions enhance that effect!

    And NyQuil is NOT the answer.

    Tylenol PM is.


  5. Wow, Shelley! Phenomenal photos! I’m absolutely green & purple polka dotted with envy. God i miss the desert.
    Sorry about the poor sleep though. I’ve had trouble sleeping since i was 12 years old… i relate.


    • Oh thank you. It was touch and go. A guide actually took the camera and played with the settings. I have learned to take the tripod with me when filming in the dark or blurry blurry! Ak. 12? And I’m complaining. Your excuse is an over active creative mind. I think mine is menopause. Boo!


    • Aww thanks. A couple of guides saw I was going to lose it, so they stepped in and helped. But now here’s the problem. Now I can’t get the camera to take shots of little or no light at all any more. HELP!!!!!!


  6. I used to be able to sleep anywhere….now it’s flipping, flopping and hot flashes! Great pictures. You’re bringing it all back to me. Slot canyons were cool but I opted out of one of them because you had to climb up and into it (spooky canyon maybe?).


    • Thanks so much. Brandy??? What a great idea. But then again, we were in Utah. Would never have found it. 🙂 Thanks for the thumbs up on the pic’s. The guide actually took my camera and played with the settings.


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