Inspired by Leonardo Di Caprio and that boat movie, I flung open my arms and felt the rush of wind and fear - all was going well until the waves created by a small bus going across had me grabbing for the "railing" such as it is.The 1200 lines of thin steel are cold and harsh - metal on metal - lots of possibilities for quilting ...
And here is the moment before the bridge started to .. roll and sway under the impact of the blue bus or trolley as it's called.
|Crossing the bridge on foot|
|Squishmobile #1 or travelator|
In keeping with our trains theme, we managed to travel on 3 during our visit - this was the second. A travelator that clicks and cogs 1500 feet to the bottom of the gorge - with travellers squished two abreast and standing in the metal cage - for those with a large proboscis there would have been grid marks on the end of your nose from being pressed in so close - it was a remarkably peace-filled decent as all the cogging and clicking occurs getting the contraption back to the top of the gorge cliff.
|Skyrail across the gorge|
|Looking up at the bridge ...|
Our mission for the entire holiday was quilting and trains ... and Royal Gorge certainly exceeded all our expectations - it was such a thrill to walk and ride the park, gorge and Riverwalk - all separate events but within easy reach of the other. A great fun day. Of course, I've got several hundred pictures of rocks - and I'll start working through them for design inspiration - patterns and colourways to use in future quilt projects. So many ideas, only 40+ years left to accomplish everything. It really will be a tight squeeze.
|Royal Gorge and the Arkansas River|
Last word on the Royal Gorge - and the first part of our adventure with trains- from the train we looked up ... and the thin dark line way above was, of course, the bridge we would soon be crossing.