Mesa Arch, Canyonlands National Park, Utah
We are home from our summer visit to Colorado. On the way out, we stopped and stayed a night in Cisco, Utah. We dipped into Arches and Canyonlands. Nothing long, just a check in, a couple of walks.
At Mesa Arch in Canyonlands I angled for a good view of both the visitors and the drop off. I'd just begun pencilling notes when a woman and baby sat down to pose. The baby was chill, maybe nine months. It was definitely at the age where it might suddenly arch its back and kick out and you have to lean back fast to contain it, not drop it. If this baby were to arch and the mother were to lean back I don't see how they would keep their seat. I finished my pencil note and ran away back up the trail to the parking lot. I love being a witness, but maybe not to this.
I saw no flight for life helicopters, nor later saw any news items, "Infant kicks mother, self to death in Utah," so assume the child opted to remain chill, alive.
We had a nice visit.