It was the spot where we laughed the hardest that day. It had been a long day and it was our last stop.
It was our first visit to Zion National Park. It was the first time the kids had ever been to a national park at all, and they were pumped about the day ahead, not knowing what to expect, what they’d see, what they’d experience.
They definitely didn’t think they’d be belly down over a log, with a creek running under it, trying to hand-catch tiny fish. And Dominic didn’t know he’d get wet while doing it. That’s why it was so funny.
They didn’t know they’d meet a friendly gecko while eating lunch on top of a waterfall. They’d meet a friendly squirrel, too. Maybe friendly is a bit too nice of a word to use – they’d meet a squirrel that wanted to be friends just so he could eat all our snacks.
It became one of the most memorable lunches ever.
They also didn’t know that they’d have a chance to catch spring water on their tongues while taking a hike to a spot known as Weeping Rock, which is exactly what it sounds like.
And they may not get to do that again. Because, earlier this month, a massive 3,000-foot rock slide tumbled down toward Weeping Rock, damaging the trail and injuring hikers nearby.
This is why I say jump. The video of the rock slide is overwhelming. I saw it on Zion’s Instagram, and I gasped. Hikers who made it to the top of Angel’s Landing captured the slide from afar.
It’s why we go. It’s why we explore. It’s why, when they see a perfect and safe perch to climb to and jump from, I say do it. Because, it might be the only time they get to do there. That place might be gone next time, if there is a next time.
They needed to catch water on their tongues from that rock and eat lunch on top of that waterfall and fall into the creek while catching fish. Hoping they’ll get to do it again.