Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Enchantment So Close By

Have you ever visited an Enchanted Grove?

The next time you are in Roxborough State Park, take the path to Carpenter's Peak, but before going up to the peak, turn south. Continue down the gravel road for about a half mile until you see the statue of the eagle and Greek goddess.

Take the path.

Soon you will see the mountain lions on the rock ledge. You can disregard the sign I posted yesterday about what to do if you come face to face with a mountain lion. These pumas are not going anywhere. They are delightful wooden sculptures of three little cougars playing. This is best way to experience mountain lion encounters in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains.

Ken and I took a hike on Sunday to visit one of the best-kept secrets in the Roxborough area. The woodland paths invite you in, calling you to play.


Turn the path to the right to see could be on the other side of the ledge.  You enter a clearing with benches and in the distance -- could that be -- a throne?

It is carved marble covered with images of lions as if to celebrate our local carnivore.


 But you are not done with your exploration of the Enchanting Clearing. A path crawls up to the west. Yes, you will be panting by the time you reach the top, but it is so worth it. You have now reach of the overlook of the valley you were just in. Sit back in the chairs at the top and enjoy the view.

This clearing was created by the Goodwins. It is truly a gift to all of us.

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