2002 Colorado: Royal Gorge
Saturday 6 July 2002
Today we headed south to the Royal Gorge, seen here from the upper parking lot. After about an hour in the car we were happy to stretch our legs and look around. Not much to see?
The irony of
travelling so far by plane and car to walk across a suspension bridge wasn’t lost on us. But it was well worth it. It was a joy, strolling across the wooden planks, looking down into a gorge travelled by rail, boat, airplane, and helicopter.
We still don’t understand the motor vehicles policy, though. At first we thought it was just the elderly and the lame, but as SUV and motorcycles joined us on the bridge, we suspected the policy included the vain and the stupid. After being forced out of the way by station wagons we amended that to include the clueless.
All that dodging of chrome and rubber made us hungry, so luckily the restaurant at the edge of the gorge was nearby. Not exactly the , the food was much better than other tourist concessionares at which we’ve had the unpleasant misfortune to dine. We, um, gorged.
We ended our visit by taking the Incline Railway – a combination of a San Francisco cable car and a funicular – down 1500 feet (in five minutes) into the gorge. Cool and pleasant, and a refreshing perspective on the day’s events.
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