Towards the end of July, Dan & I went to a Mini Cooper meetup in Salida, Colorado. I have previously blogged about a couple of our adventures: Mini Coopers at Bishop Castle, and Mini Coopers over the hogback. There was a 3rd outing. We all went to Royal Gorge.
This jaunt required that we awaken at the crack of dark so that we could meet up with the other Minis, and hit the road at 6AM. Why so early? The park rangers at Royal Gorge opened early, and allowed us to drive across the bridge!
Honestly, I found the drive across the bridge (and back) a bit unnerving. The bridge itself seemed very secure, but the wooden planks were creaky. It made the hair on the back of my neck stand up. Logically, I knew we were fine, but the lizard part of my brain disagreed. I was glad when we were safely back at the parking lot.
By this time, the park was ready to open for business. We walked down towards the viewing area.
We found this pretty clock / calendar surrounded by pretty beds of flowers.
We had a beautiful view of the bridge from here:
We also had a good view of the sky cars that take tourists out over the gorge. That thought caused my neck hair to stand on end again.
Another look at the bridge:
Here is the view down into the gorge. That is the Arkansas River at the bottom.
It is very impressive!
I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention our constant companion through much of the drive to Royal Gorge – the Arkansas River. It’s beautiful.