Remain seated while the ride is in motion

when I was on a trip and visited the Grand Canyon, there was a glass walkway I could walk out on and look more than a mile down.

Utah - Arches and Canyonlands-8

My heart pounded at first when I stepped out in my slippers (so the glass doesn’t get scratched) and looked down.   Wayyyyyy down !

But the fear didn’t last.


I stayed out on the glass walkway for about an hour and by the end of the hour I was relaxed and confident. 

I made light of the danger as the minutes ticked by, because I was safe. I was totally safe but I can see how people can get complacent even when the situation is basically unchanged.  Does that make sense to you?


Many of us are fortunate enough to not be infected with the Covid virus and as time goes on, we may feel immune to the danger or belittle the seriousness of an infection.

Here’s Why COVID-19 is Much Worse Than The Flu

I think the possibility of losing my life, or causing someone else to lose their life is a gamble I cannot risk.

The time to evaluate the pandemic response is not during the pandemic.

Just like when the roller coaster plummets down the first hill, don’t take off your seat belt then.

roller coaster ride

Photo by Angie on

My friends, the time to evaluate how dangerous a roller coaster ride is not while on your ride, it’s when your standing on the ground, and safe.

So Please remain seated while the ride is in motion. ♥


About dfolstad58

I live in the South Okanagan. BC. I enjoy reading, exercise, toastmasters. spending time with my son, my daughter, & her husband , and my patient wife. I try to respond personally to every comment on my blog, and in this way I hope to get to know my readers a little bit and and am able to thank readers for their encouragement on what they liked and suggestions on what they would like to see me try in order to improve.
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30 Responses to Remain seated while the ride is in motion

  1. I’ve thought of doing that glass walkway, but my wife doesn’t even want to hear that there is any thing like this – she has a serious fear of heights.

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  2. leggypeggy says:

    We’re seated and plan to stay that way for some time.

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  3. Lynn says:

    Didn’t do the glass floor but have been to the Grand Canyon…spectacular! The next few weeks are going to be crucial in mov8ng forward I think. Staying the course!

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    • dfolstad58 says:

      Should I look for a link so you can see what you missed? It was spectacular and dangerous. People were standing right by the edge doing selfies!? no guards or anything, freaky.

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      • Lynn says:

        Yes, the selfie thing is a bit out of control, isn’t it? It’s interesting, here in North America, so many of our scenery sites are fenced off for fear of people falling etc, yet when you go to parts of Europe, they don’t appear to be the least bit concerned. I kind of like it that way. Use your own judgement!

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  4. Bob Smith says:

    Especially for those (like us) with compromised Immune systems. Stay safe. Bob

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  5. Lael-Heart says:

    The reopening scares me. We’ve all got too much to lose. I’m going to do my own safe thing for a little whole longer.
    I loved the Grand Canyon. It was one of those things that was as good as I’d imagined. I’ll be hiking through it one of these days! 🙂

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  6. You are so right, David, which is why I think the coming summer could be one of the most dangerous times in the pandemic yet. We’re all desperate to go out, have some fun, see friends, and get away. Because the sun will be blazing, and the heat is there, and we’re feeling fine, we’ll let our guard down. I can’t shake the thought that by late Oct. we’ll all be shuttered in again, and that too many of us let it happen. I seriously hope I’m wrong.

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  7. Beautiful photos. 🙂

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  8. Well said, David! It’s started to feel kind of normal to live like this and it’s easy to forget that the ride, as you say, is still in motion. Keeping my seatbelt fastened for a while as I wait to see just how crazy it might get out there with all the new liberties that have just been afforded us here in BC. – Elise

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  9. When people complain about wanting to get our-and-about my mind always repeats “better safe than sorry”. We’re all facing struggles in this pandemic – financially and emotionally – and like those who drink and drive, I always remind them that, while they don’t care if THEY suffer, think about the suffering they may cause to OTHERS. I will be a face-masker in public long after the requirement is lifted! Thanks for reminding everyone, and let’s hope some ears and minds have been opened by it!

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    • dfolstad58 says:

      I wish more people were like you. I think there is a growing number of people who are ready to throw the doors open and go back to doing business and life exactly the same as in 2019. I read at article that was well read that showed how minor asking people to wear a mask really is, not much different than no shirt, no shoes, no service. No one complained about that or that their freedom was being taken away.
      I appreciate your interest in my blog and commenting. Have a wonderful day. – David

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  10. Southern Patches says:

    My next blog post is about something similar dealing with COVID-19. I didn’t get to go to the part of the Grand Canyon that you went to. We went to the Eastern rim. I hope to get back to that part of the Canyon again some day. We have a bridge near us in Gatlinburg Tennessee. It is called the SkyBridge. It is the longes pedestrian suspension bridge in North America. When you get to the middle of the bridge and are 140 feet in the air there are clear panels where you can look straight down. I have been on the bridge several times. I a with you the first time I did it I barely looked down. The second time I was able to look down and stay a little longer. The last time I was there I really took time to check out everything I could see.

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  11. That’s such a beautiful message. You’re so true. We shouldn’t remove our seatbelts during the first downward plunge. I couldn’t agree more.

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  12. debscarey says:

    How perfectly you’ve expressed what I’m feeling, thank you.
    I also take my hat off to you being able to go out on that glass walkway – you’re a braver man than I Gunga Din 🙂

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    • dfolstad58 says:

      Thank you for giving me a chuckle. I needed that on this wet morning. The walkway was pretty cool, I am sure you could do it also, I’m not super brave but I like the new nickname. From a movie right?

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      • debscarey says:

        It’s the final line in a poem by Rudyard Kipling, but has almost certainly been quoted in a number of old British films! 🙂

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  13. restlessjo says:

    That is very sensible advice, David. I would so like to stand on that glass walkway myself 🙂 🙂

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  14. David, this is certainly good advice, but unfortunately, not everyone will heed it. There are no easy decisions in this crisis, and as the opening up continues I don’t see any way that we can avoid a second spike in infections and deaths.

    I think that where we’re heading, at least until a vaccine is developed, is that each person will have to decide what their own personal risk level is, and how best to mitigate that risk, and live accordingly. Hopefully, we’ll all be mindful of the truly high-risk people around us, and do everything we can to protect them as well. We all run into idiots every single day, but I believe in the inherent goodness of the majority of people, and hopefully this will prevail going forward. All the best to you for continued good health. ~James

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