By Chuck Woodbury
A lot of vacationers and other travelers move fast, not stopping to see much, or if they do slow down they don’t stay long. It’s like they can’t wait to get to the next attraction. In the process they fail to see what’s right before them.
I was reminded of this when talking with a friend about a time in Bryce Canyon National Park. A man and woman were riding a big motorcycle, which was loaded with camping gear. I was standing at an overlook, admiring the incredibly beautiful red rock canyon below me. Bryce Canyon is one of the top ten beauty spots in the USA, in my opinion.
The couple drove up on the motorcycle. They were barely going fast enough to keep the bike from tipping over. At the overlook, while the driver kept the bike balanced, the woman sitting behind raised a camera, aimed it for a split second, then snapped. “Got it!” she said. At that, he hit the gas and they were off.
I figured later they’d share the photo on Facebook or at home with friends. “That was a gorgeous view,” they’d say.
I REMEMBER THE LAST TIME I visited Yellowstone, maybe 10 years ago. My daughter, Emily, and I walked out to the big circle of visitors waiting for Old Faithful to erupt. What I witnessed was a first for me in our modern, digital, cell phone age. Instead of merely waiting for the geyser to blow, dozens of people were on their cell phones. “Guess where I am?” they’d ask when the phone was answered. Nowadays they’d probably share the experience live on Facebook.
On a previous trip to Yellowstone, I rounded a corner with my car and saw a huge crowd ahead. Their vehicles lined the road. I parked to see what was happening. In the meadow, a magnificent herd of elk grazed. But what miffed me were the people in the crowd. A crew from a Los Angeles TV station was there videotaping the scene. And guess where most of the crowd had gathered? At the 12-inch monitor they were using to monitor their work.
What a world!