Royal Gorge Railroad, Royal Gorge Bridge and Park
Trip Start Jan 01, 2007
116Trip End Dec 31, 2007
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Today, we got up early (too early for most of us!), and left for the 9:30 a.m. Royal Gorge Route Railroad trip - a ride of about 3 hours or so through the breathtaking Royal Gorge - once called the Grand Canyon of the Arkansas River.
After a quick stop back at the motorhome for a sandwich, we went to the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park, which Zach hadn't been sure he trusted to drive or walk across, but decided it was ok after seeing it. The bridge is the world's highest suspension bridge, strung 1,053 feet above the Class V Rapids of the Arkansas River - truly an engineering marvel worth seeing. Hard to believe that it was originally built back in the late 20's, in only six months! The Park around the bridge has lots to see and do, from a petting zoo to animals of the wild west, including rare white bison and several huge antlered bull moose. We enjoyed riding on the antique carousel, and took the incline railway down to the Arkansas River at the bottom of the Gorge, and then took it back up again. We planned to take the the aerial tramway across, too, but all ran out of steam before we got to it.
Don't think I mentioned that I managed to get a replacement camera last week for the 3-month-old one quit working after a bit of a bump in Calgary. So, I have LOTS and LOTS of picture to upload from the last 2 or 3 weeks, but, with the Grandsons around, not much time to do any of it, so, I'm back to the "map pin and a promise routine!"