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Traveling Down Into The Abyss

By Metecan Mesut Erdi
February 16, 2012

While on our family road trip in the Southwest, we stopped by one of the nations most beautiful parks: Bryce Canyon and The Grand Canyon. My mom and I were natural explorers so when our family stopped to take pictures of the Grand Canyon landscape, she and I wanted to go just a bit further down to see what was down in the “abyss” of the canyon. We didn’t travel extremely far down in to the canyon, but far down enough to the point where an average person could get lost due to their curiosity. So, being the average people that we were, my mom and I got separated when we went down. I was alone and scared that I would die in the canyon due to dehydration and famine. I attempted to use my knowledge of basic Boy Scout skills of “orienteering” to orient my self to find my way back. Unfortunately, that did not work as planned but I was lucky enough to hear my mom shouting for me from a distance and I met up with her and we went back to meet my brother and father back up the “abyss”. Although I found some breathtaking views while exploring on my own, I learned that I would always have to tell someone where I was in order to keep myself safe and my parents not worried.

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