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THE PHOENIX

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ESTES PARK AND CONVENTION Estes Park is the rustic village nestled in the Rockies that has been chosen as the scene of the Alpha Sigma Alpha Convention. As we all know it is situated in Rocky Mountain National Park in a state famous for its scenery. COLORADO! full of towering mountain peaks, terraces, gorges, fertile valleys, and upland forest, it gives a majority of impressive scenery. Compared to Colorado, Switzerland is a more mere sugges- • tion. The air is bracing and unsurpassed, whether for pleasure or health. The mountains of Colorado are now the greatest inland resorts in the world. Leaving Denver, we travel to the northwest, up through the world-famous Big Thompson Canyon. All day we go through this narrow gorge, with its sheer precipices rising abrutly on both sides, and when we dizzily look up, we find only a small patch of blue sky above us. The beauty of this canyon is breath-taking; the colorings of the granite walls are red, gold, and coppery and the zigzaging stratas of the rocks put us in mind of an old mosaic design. A trout st.~eam runs along the road all the way through the canyon and the road crosses and recrosses this stream dozens of time~ . First we are on one side, and then the other. As we cross these bridges we see fishermen up to their knees in the icy water, reeling in the world-famous, speckled trout, a dish more than fit, "to set before a king!" We arrive in Estes in the late evening and find before us an old-fashioned charming rustic village, with its Swiss "chalets," innumerable small shops, and cozy tea rooms. The post office is an odd sight, built entirely of logs to represent an old log cabin. One of the famous sights of this beautiful spot is Long's Peak, within sight of Estes. One does not leave Estes without making this famous climb. The peak rises into the clouds some 14,000 feet. We leave Estes by another route, through the Fall River Road, and one of the highest automobile highways in the country, over 12,000 feet high. On my trip to Estes some years ago, ¡ the road was covered with snow in August and snowplows had cut through a narrow file for cars to pass through. Imagine in

Profile for Alpha Sigma Alpha Sorority

Asa phoenix vol 18 no 4 may 1932  

Asa phoenix vol 18 no 4 may 1932