A few months ago, we went to Natural Bridge State Park. For the first half of the hike, I kept thinking, “is this it?” Sure, it was pretty, but I wasn’t certain it was worth the fee we paid to get in. Most of the places we hike are FREE!
Initially, I wasn’t impressed, but decided we should get our money’s worth and hike all the way to the bottom. I’m glad we did, because it was beautiful. There was one narrow ledge we traversed with help from a park ranger that freaked me out a little, but other than that, it was pretty tame. The rocks were slippery enough, I was afraid to stand up, so I slid across them, tearing a button off the back pocket of my shorts. After my bad experience on roller skates a few years ago, I wasn’t taking any chances 🙂
As the kids explored under the bridge, my husband and I found a rock with a nice vantage point: we could see most of what the kids were doing. I hope my husband was watching, because I found myself staring at the walls under the bridge:
Seeing what thousands of years of flowing water could do, I realized, that was the big deal. Things like this make me feel so small. How about you? Have you visited a place that was better than you anticipated?