It seems only fitting that now that we are living in Arizona that we go visit its biggest attraction. This is actually the first time the girls have been here and I haven't been since I was in college. I don't know about any other moms out there but I do not consider this spot of beauty a relaxing way to unwind.
Yes, the canyon is gorgeous. However, having my children so close to an edge that drops off about one mile brings me much anxiety. I'm not typically over-protective, afraid of heights, or suffer from anxiety and I felt like all of those things were present! We hiked down about halfway and when we finally made it back up the first thing I wanted to do was walk through the forest where all the trees were above us and the trail was flat in front of us. I felt like I had to reset myself back to a place of security. I was positive no one was going to fall up a tree!
I mean, does that post at the edge of this look all that secure to any of you??
Watching the sunset during a lightning storm was better than fireworks- and we were sitting down away from the edge!
This just may have been the highlight of the day- right in front of our car!
Even inside buildings I felt like saying (but resisted), "Stay away from the windows!" It's just such a big hole. I did notice other moms were a bit more like myself and many dads were the opposite, urging their children to look over the edge to look at a chipmunk and the like while being scolded by their wives. I'm going to say this one comes down to imprinting. Mothers just don't like their children near edges this drastic. So, a beautiful day that was not at all relaxing...