It was the summer of about 2005. Our family was traveling between Denver and Santa Fe with several overnights. We were touring Mesa Verde National Park in southwest Colorado. It was a beautiful summer day.
My daughter Courtney and son-in-law Alex had not yet become parents. Chad was about fifteen years old. The park was serenely beautiful.
We reached a location in the guided tour that was a point of no return for my family. Ladders were needed to reach the next level of adobes.
It was a little disconcerting to me as I have had a fear of heights as far back as I can remember. I began climbing one ladder as Chad began climbing the ladder to my right. The next level was about a fifty to seventy five foot climb.
When I reached the second level I was exhilarated that I had momentarily overcome my fear. Chad turned to me with a pained look and said, “Dad, your ladder was shaking all the way to the top!”
H. Robert Rubin, best-selling, Amazon memoirist and author of Look Backward Angel, How Did I Get Through This? and Please Save the Third Dance for Me , all available on Amazon.