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Horseshoe Bend

Risking life and limb for the perfect shot of Horseshoe Bend. Not this girl.

You’ve probably seen many photos of the iconic Horseshoe Bend in Page Arizona. To get an image of the full horseshoe, one has to walk to the very edge of the canyon. Unlike like most tourist overlooks, this canyon had no safety rails that kept visitors from the 1,000 foot drop into the Colorado River. I felt so vulnerable and feared for my kids, so we kept them far away from the edge. And I was not willing to risk my life so I will continue to admire the beautiful images of Horseshoe Bend on the Internet and showcase my version here. The edge of the canyon is made up of layers of sandstone, which can easily break away at any time. I was overly cautious and had several freak out moments. There have been deaths here after all. Even more frightening to me was how many people were walking around with selfie sticks paying no mind to their surroundings. So even if you are super careful and minding your own business, anyone one of those backward-walking-selfie-stick tourists can knock you right over the edge because they are not looking at where they are going.

If you plan a trip to the canyon be prepared for crowds. We drove into a dirt parking lot off US Hwy 89 an hour before sunset. The lot was packed with cars and buses, and once again we were met with eager tourists who felt the need to race up the 3/4 mile hike to the edge of the canyon. Some even trampled through the vegetation off the trail. For what, I don’t know. It really annoyed me that people had no regard for protected areas.  Pack your patience and a lot of water. And wear the right shoes.

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My husband on the edge as he tried to capture the immense canyon.

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I got this shot by doing a belly crawl along the edge. You can see campers and canoes below.

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The magnificent sunset over the canyon

 

 

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