Wednesday, January 3, 2007

Don?t save the bridge

I must admit I am disappointed the road to Colorado Gulch is to be repaired. I like that the river rammed through the embankment, taking back its own course. The fish probably like the new layout with more trees in the river, eddies, places to hide.

When a friend and I crossed the log jams with bikes over our shoulders early this last summer heading for Colorado Gulch, we had a blast hopping the logs, getting our legs wet, finally making it to the bridge.

I was hoping the motorized vehicle crowd would be OK with the Croy entrance. I thought it might be fun to build a series of rope bridges hung from the strongest trees or some other engineered suspen-sion cable—some kind of "Ewokian" bridge straight out of Star Wars, if a bridge was totally necessary. I thought the river would like to keep itself free from embankments.

If people really want access to Colorado Gulch, they still have two ways to get there: the adventurous way though the channels of the Big Wood, or via Croy Canyon. Do we really need to spend a bunch of cash on another river-altering road?

Craig Wolfrom


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