Dean (the husband)
Shalane (the wife :O)
I’m always amazed at the ingenuity of mankind. The way that they can take a concept or dream and make it a reality. Yesterday’s time in the Royal Gorge near Canon City, Colorado was no exception. What they were able to accomplish with the help of mother nature was breathtaking. I mean this literally, as I found it difficult to breathe correctly while looking over the edge of the bridge. Today in our blog we will share the things that we liked and didn’t like about the whole experience.
Dean and I are too chicken ourselves, but if any of my kids would be brave enough to join me, I would probably give it a try.
The Incline Railway was also my favorite. I loved being at the bottom of the canyon and watching all the rafters. There are some class IV and V rapids down there, so it makes for some great entertainment.
I also liked the Aerial Tram. It is one of the world’s longest single-span aerial trams. It has a length of about 2200 feet (200+ m) across the gorge. The guide that took us across joked that it takes about five minutes to go across or about 8 seconds to go down. We chose to go across. :O) The views were fantastic! Views? What views? All I could see what the back of an old lady’s head. There’s only one tram, and they shove as many people on as they can. Not everyone believes in deodorant, so the trip was hot, cramped, and stinky. I would NOT go on it again, and I would definitely not recommend it to anyone who is even slightly Closter phobic.
Two other things that I enjoyed were the magic show at the Plaza Theater and the funnel cake that we purchased near that theater. I recommend both of these highly. I don’t like magic at all, but, he’s right, the funnel cake was yummy! Also, in the same theater, after the magic show, is a film on the making of the bridge. It was entertaining and informative. There is enough at the park to make a day of it. We enjoyed the wildlife park, the petting zoo, the Mountain Man trading post, and, one of Dean’s favorites, mining for gold. He actually came up with a couple of flakes!
We did end up leaving before the park actually closed. We both wanted to take a shower while the temperature was still warm, so we drove to a nearby picnic area and set up our solar shower. As I stepped out of the shower, there were two young bucks playing in the trees about 15 feet away. It reminded me of how blessed my life is. There I was in the middle of the mountains, taking a warm shower in the crisp, fresh air, and watching wildlife play near my “shower house.” You just can’t get any better than that! Finally, we drove into Canon City for some dinner at KaBob’s and to publish our post. It was a great day that I am sure I will always remember. Happy Trails!