cliff 1“Whose crazy idea was this?” I muttered to myself.

I had passed the point of no return before I noticed that the walkway was definitely one-way, and there was absolutely no going back. I noted the “deer in the headlights” look from a few others in front of me and knew I wasn’t the only one who had suddenly changed their mind.cliff 2

Small consolation. The backs of my legs began to crawl and my breathing got rapid and shallow. I tried to tell myself I was simply a little light-headed because I hadn’t yet eaten lunch.

But deep in the pit of my stomach, I knew I was lying to myself. I’m well-aware I’ve had trouble with heights before, yet my bravado had suckered me in to believing I could handle a simple little “walk along some big rocks.”

Jansy on CliffI had not done enough homework on this particular adventure, and did not know the Cliff Walk at the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park took a decidedly ridiculous turn which suspended walkers way out over the canyon with nothing underneath them but air.cliff ring

So here I was—trapped and terrified, and doing some really creative self-talk: “No one has ever fallen from this walkway, and you will certainly not be the first. so just buck up kiddo!”

And since I’m writing this, you know I survived. I’ll just be quiet now and let you contemplate the photos for yourself. Particularly that last one! Click on it to get the full impact!