crystal castles

Okay.  This is one time that you really must click on a link: Because it takes you to one of Colorado’s newest great-outdoors attractions. And it will take your breath away.

If you’ve traveled the Rockies, you probably know Silverthorne, the setting for these amazing Ice Castles. On I-70, it’s a pass-through point for  all the Western Slope. It’s also the gateway to Summit County‘s remarkable four-season recreation and its own shopanista destination with acres of major-brand outlet stores.

But along with the beauty of these crystal castles, I am caught by the irony of the ice.  Four decades in Colorado have given me ample opportunity to glide over those same mountain roads at times when all I wanted was traction. My first solo trip over Loveland Pass (yeah, pre-Eisenhower Tunnel, I am old) came complete with icy roads and a white-out for good measure. One learns quickly in a VW bug at nearly 12,000 feet. 😉

All of which reminds me that so much of what we perceive as good or bad is neither, in and of itself. We create the meaning…and as with these sculptured crystalline walls and thresholds…the environment, itself. So cool.

Some time when the river is ice ask me
mistakes I have made. Ask me whether
what I have done is my life. Others
have come in their slow way into
my thought, and some have tried to help
or to hurt: ask me what difference
their strongest love or hate has made.

~William Stafford


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