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I saw the Grand Canyon and lived to tell about it

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The Grand Canyon
The Grand Canyon

My young daughters didn’t want to go to the Grand Canyon. They were afraid that we, especially me, would fall in.
They had read and heard stories of people dying at the Grand Canyon. It didn’t help that on the week before our trip a man drove his RV over the south rim. Maybe it was a Thelma and Louise thing.
But I insisted. If we were going to be that close on our drive to the beaches of sunny southern California for vacation, we were going to take a sidetrip to the Grand Canyon.
I just wanted to see it, I explained. It’s not like we were going climbing, mule riding or even hiking. We would strictly be tourists.
We would be five of the 4 million tourists that visit the Grand Canyon each year. It seemed like a million were there on the day we went.
And some would get precariously close to the edge. But not me. My girls made sure of that, although I did slip off and snap a few photographs beyond the restraining wall, but not much beyond. I didn’t go to the edge. Didn’t want to risk falling 600 feet. 
Thunderstorms and lightning made our day at the Grand Canyon shorter than expected, and I was disappointed that I didn’t get to see more of it.
If I ever go again, I will plan to spend more time. While there, it struck me that to really appreciate the Grand Canyon, it should be explored, not seen by the eyes of a tourist just passing through.

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Ed Godfrey

Ed Godfrey was born in Muskogee and raised in Stigler. He has worked at The Oklahoman for 25 years. During that time, he has worked a myriad of beats for The Oklahoman including both the federal and county courthouse in Oklahoma City for more... Read more ›