In the face of the approaching Labor Day weekend, officially the last gasp of summer, I thought I would present yet one more fun thing to do. Just in case you don't have plans, there's always Royal Gorge.
Actually, I learned about Royal Gorge on tv several years ago. Bill Geist had a feature on it during one of my favorite shows, CBS Sunday Morning. I became fascinated with seeing the highest suspension bridge in the world and planned a side trip on one of our road trips in order to visit it.
At the time, I enjoyed visiting Canon City (that's pronounced "canyon" city--I don't know how to put the tilde over the n), and never knew I would one day be living nearby. Now traveling through the Gorge or visiting the bridge is one of the things we do when we have visitors. Recently, we rode the train through the Gorge. Besides the beautiful scenery, we were treated to up-close views of those rafters brave enough to tackle the Gorge by boat. This stretch of the Arkansas River has Class IV and V white water rapids.
It was the peak of the rafting season then, and there were a lot of rafters. We had views of them twice, as the train passed them going upstream, then turned around and caught up with them again.
They really seem to enjoy it.
One guide had a special effect for us.
I'll bet he does this for the train every trip. This rafting company has a video here and more info here, but there's lots of rafting companies here to choose from.