Good friend of mine worked at the Canyon in her youth. Once I mentioned to her something that I'd noticed there: If you drive up to south rim from Williams AZ
, the first place you get to see the gully is Mather overlook. Last time there, from out on the point to the left I noticed at the base of the cliff directly beneath the guardrail at Mather was a layer in places a couple of feet deep, of hats, sunglasses and whatnot.
She said: "Yes, and poodles and yorkies too.
" People are pretty careless when they first get there, I guess.
I tried to save a kid at Zion once with limited success. He climbed up across the switchback in a trail, got up in the middle somewhere and got psyched out. He was frozen there, trembling when I climbed up next to him. I talked calmly to him and finally got him to turn around, back to the rock and lower his center of gravity. This also got his entire shoe sole in contact with the rock instead of just the toe.
He'd have been okay but he'd been there a while and was exhausted. Shortly after turning over he slid down the sandstone slope, skinning his hands almost completely. His father and brother were able to catch him at the trail or he'd have gone over the edge below that. I think if he'd fallen while facing the rock he would have tumbled and struck his head on the rock. As it was he just sort of scooted down the slope.
One thing I did not do - I did not get close enough for him to grab me.
Happiness is not seeing another trite Ste. Maarten photo all week long.