Government shutdown didn’t stop me from seeing the national parks
I was depressed that I could not go to Rocky Mountain National Park to see the colors change today. Instead, I headed down the hill to Denver and saw a great gallery show at David Cook Galleries featuring America’s national parks.
The gallery is donating a percentage of the proceeds to the National Parks Conservation Association — much-needed funds given the government shutdown and the reduced traffic the park has had due to the devastation of the roads leading to Rocky Mountain National Park.
I was surprised to see works by Thomas Moran and Ansel Adams alongside paintings by local living artists. I bought an original painting for less than $500! I also purchased a very nice poster produced by the Park Service, and all the proceeds went to benefit the association. It is a great way to “view” our currently closed national parks.
Wow, what a doozy of a storm! Being raised in Evergreen since 1956, I’ve seen a lot of changes, but nothing like last month’s rain. Living where I do now, I had a bird’s-eye view of Bear Creek near the Bradley station.
Early on Friday the 13th, about 6:30 a.m., I and other tenants were flabbergasted as we peered off our balconies. The bridge near the farmers market was invisible. The only clue the bridge existed were the guardrails along the side of it, which were being slammed with gushing brown water.
I feel so sorry for Cactus Jack’s owners Gary and Megan, because they have really strived to make it a successful and classy mountain business.
I still remember the flood of 1965 when U.S. 285 was chopped literally in half because the South Platte River decided the roadway should go away. A lot of bridges in this corridor were gone or had to be rebuilt, yet they say the flood of 2013 had higher water levels in the South Platte River than in 1965.
Thinking back a decade to the Blizzard of ’03, when Evergreen got as much as 7 feet of snow, this time, if it had been snow rather than rain, we would have been blanketed with 12 feet or more!