Have you ever been to the Grand Canyon? Until about a week ago, I hadn’t. I guess my Grand Canyon exposure mainly involved that Brady Bunch episode where the family, complete with their maid, visits the Canyon. They descend on donkeys, and once down there, Bobby and Cindy get lost.
Our experience was a bit different. First, we entered the national park area and found the parking lot, and made our way to the canyon itself, all the while trying to bear in mind how to get back to our vehicle. This was not without its challenges.
But, when I saw the canyon, I have to admit it was really big. And that made it a really awe-inspiring sight:
Really, it was pretty scary. My kids kept wanting to pose for pictures out near an edge, and numerous other people were doing the same thing. I was shocked that I didn’t see anyone actually trip and fall over! Then, a few days later, I saw that apparently someone did. And not just adults – not surprisingly, toddlers have died here as well (apparently, this child was the youngest to die as a result of falling in; reportedly most fatalities are males in their 20s and 30s). Did you know that the canyon is one mile deep? That’s quite a fall.
I expressed my surprise at the lack of barriers, and my husband said that because the government owns the park, they can’t be sued and thus don’t have to worry about it.
But still, when I think back about the canyon, that feeling of walking on the edge is what stays with me.