Of all the sites we saw on our trip out West, this is the one place that totally freaked me out. It was by no means the tallest or even as gigantic as the Grand Canyon. It was something about the cliffs (no gates or barriers) of the canyon and the water together that totally unnerved me. I calmly (I was most likely holding my breath!) took my photographs from a safe distance and walked away. I sat on the rocks with my back facing the canyon. Dirt Man tried to call me over to where he was (precariously, in my opinion) taking photographs to show me the incredible view from his vantage point. I explained that I could not. He could tell from the look on my face that I was near a full blown panic attack, so he knew not to press me. I seriously had to exercise deep breathing and could only glance over the cliffs every now and then.
This astounding feat of nature is Horseshoe Bend in Page, Arizona. This twist of water is the Colorado River as it meanders through Glen Canyon. The trail is about a three quarters of a mile long from the parking lot to the lookout point. The trail is a mixture of sand and sandstone with a lot of dips.
I admit the view is breath taking…and heart racing for those afraid of heights.
Those red and blue dots at the base are tents, campsites, of whitewater river rafters. I can not imagine being that adventuresome. I realize from this view, the water looks serene, however there are rapids along the river.
I guess that is a boat that is anchored in front of the camp area.
See how crazy Dirt Man is? That is one of the reasons I was a nervous wreck. And yes, I did keep my eye on him when I could bear to look. And yes, I did take a picture as proof! I wish I could be as daring because I do feel like I hold him back sometimes…but then again, one of us has to be sane!
The ground was not smooth at the tope of the canyon. This photographs shows the waves and ledges on the area where we were walking.
This is another area of walking surface.
That speedboat looks like an ant zipping down the river!
We did witness a gorgeous sunset over the bend. I admired it far from the edge!