Though some might call it a retreat...others a conference...I am referring to it as a 'summit'. And that is where I will be for the next few days...too pre-occupied to tend to things on 'My Front Porch'.
As this is published...a few of the delegates are winging their way to our local airport...and some of us will be there to meet and greet...of course!
By plane...by car...they are coming from afar. I'll be back to tell you about it...maybe at the end of the week.
Anyone with a fishing rod who is able to make his/her way to the Fraser River ... seems to be hauling in a sockeye salmon these days. After three years of low numbers of salmon returning to the mighty Fraser ... and amid fears that the big salmon runs of the past were gone forever ... an estimated 30 million sockeye are expected to swim upriver this year ... the largest number on record since 1913. Since the Fraser River passes through the valley a few miles north of our home...and we have friends and family who like to try their hand at fishing...we have enjoyed fresh sockeye over the past few weeks.
Yesterday we decided to take a drive to the mouth of the Fraser ... where the commercial fisherman are bringing their bounty to the docks ... and locals are flocking to buy fresh sockeye right off the boat.
We just came to observe! Good thing ... because I don't think I would have had the patience to stand in line to make my purchase.
We walked down the wharf...
...and heard the merchants advertising the 'last salmon of the day'.
Customers forgot all about being polite...in their enthusiasm to bag a salmon or two! Many of those waiting in line will have gone home disappointed.
Others trotted off with their purchases in hand ...
...or on the back.
A little Irish entertainment...a lot of fresh sea air...and some fish & chips (salmon and halibut) on the wharf...
...Steveston was a good place to spend a Sunday afternoon.
Back to the road trip! I'll wrap up our last week of travels in one final post...New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, Oregon, Washington...and home.
Taos, New Mexico is a comfortable, tourist town at the base of the Sangre de Christo Mountains...rather laid back and artsy.
In winter...it's all about skiing. In summer...Taos is a tourist destination. We spent one night...and carried on our way.
A few miles west of Taos, we came to the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge...
...which sits some 650 feet above the Rio Grande river below...one of the highest bridges in the US. We parked and walked onto the bridge...and wondered for a moment if we were in Mexico or New Mexico as we passed by all the vendors waiting for free-spending tourists.
We drove through desert...just as I would have expected in new Mexico. What I didn't expect...was the tall rock formation that suddenly loomed in the distance.
My first thought was 'Haystack Rock at Canon Beach'...but as we got nearer I realized this was much bigger than the famous Oregon coast rock. It is in fact called Shiprock...and is the most prominent landmark in northern New Mexico.
We saw it coming in the distance...an evening storm that soon enveloped us. And so ended our visit to New Mexico. The morning dawned bright and clear...and we travelled through a wee stretch of Arizona. Though we knew nothing about Glen Canyon Dam...it looked quite impressive and so we stopped.
The Glen Canyon Dam is located on the Colorado River...upstream from Grand Canyon. The dam caused the flooding of Glen Canyon...and created a large reservoir which is called Lake Powell. It is quite lovely lake in the desert and a popular tourist attraction.
We checked out of Arizona and into Utah right after leaving Glen Canyon. I've already taken you to a few of my favorite spots in Utah...so I'll leave you with one last image.
That would be Bryce Canyon...of course!
From Utah...we passed through northeast Oregon...
...though it looked rather like Saskatchewan to me. From there...we were on the home stretch...and our summer road trip 2010 was about to end.
Thanks for joining me on the road! Until next time...I'll be back to blogging close to home.
Well, let me tell you! We followed up on many of your suggestions...and found some most interesting places to visit while in the area.
Garden of the Gods seemed to be high on everyone's list...and for good cause!
Located just north of the city...the 'garden' is in reality a park made up of unusual rock formations. The property was donated to the city in 1909 with the stipulation that admission to the park would be free...and so it is...even 100 years later.
There are many hiking trails...and rock climbing is allowed with a permit. The rocks all come with interesting names...like Tower of Babel, Siamese Twins and Balanced Rock.
Not far from the Garden of Gods...is the United States Air Force Academy. It would not have been high on my priority list of places to visit...but we were told we shouldn't miss it. And so we toured...and it was most interesting!
The campus covers 18,000 acres on the east side of the Rockies just north of Colorado Springs.
The 4,400 cadets had just finished their lunch when we visited...and left the dining hall in fine form!
No one was out of step.
They are in sync at all times!
The showpiece of the campus is the Air Force Academy Chapel...an all-faith house of worship designed to meet the spiritual needs of cadets. It contains a separate chapel for Protestant, Catholic, Jewish and Buddhist religious faiths, plus two all-faiths worship rooms. We took a tour of the aluminum, glass and steel structure which features 17 spires...and was completed in 1959.
The Academy is one of the largest tourist attractions in Colorado...and attracts more than a million visitors each year.
Another top attraction in the area is the cog railway to Pike's Peak...which is easily the highest railway in North America.
Since 1891, Pikes Peak Cog Railway has taken millions of people on an unforgettable trip to 14,110 feet! Though the view was not the best on the day we chose to visit the peak...the ride was one we won't forget...and the donuts at the top were as a bonus!
Someone suggested we take in the chuckwagon supper at the Flying W Ranch...and so we did. What fun!
The Flying W Ranch is a working mountain cattle ranch that has specialized in western food and entertainment since 1953. The Flying W Wranglers serve the authentic cowboy dinner...and top the evening off with a 'country and western' stage show...which is really very good. I'm guessing there were close to a thousand people there...tourists from all parts of the globe...having a good time...cowboy style.
Thanks to all of you who told us what to see and do in Colorado Springs. We also visited Focus on the Family headquarters, Glen Eyrie Castle, Manitou Springs...and our home base was the KOA...as usual. We had a good time!