Tuesday, July 01, 2008
Alison Comes to Denver
I've known Alison Yeardley since the Summer of 2002, when we both spent the summer as counselors at YMCA Camp Marston. We've always kept in touch since then and since the time she came to visit me at the Grand Canyon.
Well, I was quite excited to host her at my parents house in Denver. So what did we do? Well, we started by driving up to the top of Mount Evans, the highest paved road in the world, and the highest in North America.
I did the drive years ago with my friend Paul Brodar, and it is still an impressive drive. The drive starts in the tiny town of Idaho Springs at 8700 feet of elevation and rises to 14,240 feet(4340 meters) near the top. There is a short scramble from there to the actual summit of the mountain.
Narrow, well placed ribbons of asphalt cling tenuously to cliffs and ridges as it charts a circuitous route up the peak. HUNDREDS of cyclists were out in force, evidently training for a race to the top of Mount Evans on July 19th.
Alison, meanwhile, snapped pictures and struggled to contain her excitement and exuberance at being on a topography orders of magnitude more interesting than her current place of residence, Houston, Texas. This is one of those times that the pictures speak for themselves!