Sunday, June 13, 2010
One of the places I have longed to see in Colorado is the Maroon Bells area outside of Aspen. It is controlled by only being able to see it through a scheduled bus ride. There is a fee to enter the area. However, my friend and I neared Maroon River Road and noticed there was nothing preventing us to turn in. As we traveled up the road we noticed a sign that said private cars were allowed to continue because the bus service did not start until June 19th. Then, as we neared the toll booth, the ranger waved us on, saying "It is free today because of being National Trail Day!" We were on our own, at our own pace, with no charge to explore the Maroon Bells!
We saw beautiful pristine water in Maroon Lake, hummingbirds and butterflies galore, beautiful peaks and rushing waterfalls of the Maroon Bells, and a funny marmot. As we breathed in the tremendous scenery, we overheard a gentleman state to someone in his party that "It is a shame the only things blooming are just dandelions". We were amazed, in the midst of such beauty, that such lack could be spoken. BTW, I had photographed several flowers in the Maroon Bells, and they weren't all dandelions or yellow flowers. It reminds me of how often we concentrate on what we DON'T have in the midst of great abundance.
Spring is God thinking in gold, laughing in blue, and speaking in green
Frank P. Johnson
I have come that they may have life, and have it abundantly.