Last Updated on May 18, 2017 by Jody Halsted
Few realize there is a big canyon in Texas. In fact, Palo Duro Canyon, just 30 minutes outside Amarillo, is the second largest canyon in the US.
And it is stunning.
Dozens of hiking, mountain biking, and equestrian trails cross the stunning terrain. As you rise with the mountains and fall with the river gullies, the canyon presents you with nature's art – a thousand times more stunning than anything man could create.
But my most exhilarating moments at Palo Duro Canyon came, not when I was hiking the trails, but when I was actually soaring over the canyon.
I allowed myself to be strapped into an absurdly uncomfortable harness and suspended hundreds of feet above the canyon floor. Not a small feat for someone who is terrified – absolutely terrified- of both heights and falling to her death. In fact, you can hear my fear as I make my way to the top of the stand. I couldn't even pretend to be brave. Above the wind you can hear my eldest tell me “It isn't that far, Mom,” just before she takes off, the first to fly across the canyon. Pushing the fear aside, I walked off the platform and enjoyed the exhilarating- and too short- ride across the canyon.
Do you try new (and terrifying) experiences on vacation? What fears have you pushed aside to try to new activities?
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