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JANUARY 23, 2020

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Sir Joseph's Secret Passageway


Yesterday I told you about the train ride in Colorado. It was rare but we had several days in which to go sightseeing. so the next day we drove to Colorado Springs. After we checked into a motel some of the singers wanted me to drive to the top of Pikes Peak (the local church supplied us with two vans). But I had done that a couple of years before and I promised God that if I got down alive I would never go again, one promise I intended to keep. Some of the girls felt the same way as sudden changes in altitude made them nauseated. So one of the guys decided to drive up and leave us chickens behind to stew in the motel’s hot tub. This was fine with me as in my book no view is worth risking the dangerous mountain roads and sharp drop-offs — and I was happy to be a chicken instead of an eagle.

I always thought Tennessee was “Old Rocky Top,” but Colorado has outdone them. As we drove through Colorado we saw rocks and more rocks. One gigantic drive-through rock garden near Colorado Springs was called Garden of the Gods. We didn’t see any Gods there, only large red rocks with unusual shapes and long geological explanations. Different formations had different descriptive names, such as, Three Graces and Sleeping Giant. I liked the one called Kissing Camels. It took a little imagination, but if you squinted enough, it did almost look like two camels.

We saw many mountain bikers, hikers, rock climbers, and old people galore. I was wandering around on a trail taking pictures of various rocks and probably appeared lost. An old guy who looked about 90 was hiking with a group and stopped to ask me if I needed help.

The next morning we went to Royal Gorge, which is a deep rock canyon made by the Arkansas River. It was something like the Grand Canyon except not as large. Like many scenic attractions, it has been commercialized. We rode a gondola over it, which was not too scary as it was all enclosed. There was also long suspension bridge across it which was 1250 feet high, the highest bridge in the U.S. It was rather long to walk across, so some of the kids rented golf carts and drove us across. The most recent claim to fame for this particular amusement was that the entire place had burned down in a wildfire, everything burned except the bridge.

Later in the trip we visited another canyon called Black Canyon of the Gunnison, 2250 feet deep, no bridge. It was similar to Royal Gorge, except the rocks were gray. It too was rocky and deep with a river at the bottom. The road was along the canyon rim, not too close to the edge. It was interesting but very wild and remote. Unlike Royal Gorge, it is a National Park and has not (yet) been commercialized.

Now for the rant. Too many scenic places have been fenced off, made into commercial attractions, and admission is charged to see them. It seems to me that natural resources should belong to everyone and should not be developed as private property. Any charge should not exceed the reasonable cost of maintenance.

Sir Joseph

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