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Canon City, Colorado
We drove down to Canon City, Colorado on Sunday evening, found a hotel, and then headed out Route 50 to the Arkansas River. It absolutely gorgeous. We kept our eyes peeled for wildlife, but no luck. This is where Jack started to truly get excited about “showing me Colorado”. While he’s a West Virginian through and through – he loves Colorado and the Rockies. It was pretty wonderful to finally begin to see the places he talks about during his elk hunts – to have him point at things familiar to him and explain their meaning or the jokes his Dad and him make. I truly am blessed to have had this time to take this trip, to learn about his ‘other’ parts of the world, and to see the things he talks about so vividly with my very own eyes. So, I hope that one day if you go, you’ll return home to your loved ones with just as many stories and photos and just as much excitement!
Royal Gorge Bridge & Park
The next day we headed out to the Royal Gorge Bridge. Standing 956 feet above the Arkansas River, the bridge is one of the highest suspension bridges in the world. It was neat to walk across, though, having a slight fear of heights it was DEFINITELY unnerving to have the golf carts and even an ENTIRE HUMMER rattle across the bridge beside you. Steel was with us, so unfortunately (or fortunately?) we didn’t get the chance to do any of the other extra attractions (Gondola ride, Sky Coaster, or Zip line).
From the overlook:
Mr. Coffee & Steel before heading out onto the bridge. You can see some of the golf carts just casually rattling their way across the only wooden planks between them and a 956 foot free fall:
All of the state flags were hung across the bridge and you were supposed to take your picture with your state flag. Maryland was, of course, in the middle. So, I had to stand on the edge of the bridge and pretend like I wasn’t scared to death! I faked it nicely!
The view down into the canyon with the Arkansas River far, far below. I actually by this point was brave enough to walk over and take some pictures off of the edge of the bridge. GO ME!
Monarch Pass, Continental Divide
After we left the Royal Gorge Park, we headed West on Route 50. We stopped at Monarch Pass. It was really beautiful and, also, pretty cool to see snow the same day as seeing 80′ weather. As a east coaster, that was pretty neat to me.
Okay – That’s all for now! Have you been to the Royal Gorge Park or the Monarch Pass??