Saturday, July 19, 2008— The Best Gift Ever —
A young man was getting ready to graduate from college.For many months he had admired a beautiful sports car in a dealer’s showroom and knowing his father could well afford it, he told him that was all he wanted.
As Graduation Day approached, the young man awaited signs that his father had purchased the car.
Finally, on the morning of his graduation his father called him into his private study.His father told him how proud he was to have such a fine son, and told him how much he loved him.
He handed his son a beautiful wrapped gift box.Curious, but somewhat disappointed, the young man opened the box and found a lovely, leather-bound Bible, with the young man’s name embossed in gold.
Angrily, he raised his voice to his father and said,"With all your money you give me a Bible?"And stormed out of the house, leaving the Bible.
Many years passed and the young man was very successful in business.He had a beautiful home and wonderful family, but realized his father was very old and thought perhaps he should go to him.He had not seen him since that graduation day.
Before he could make arrangements, he received a telegram telling him his father had passed away, and willed all of his possessions to his son.He needed to come home immediately and take care of things.
When he arrived at his father’s house, sudden sadness and regret filled his heart.He began to search through his father’s important papers and saw the still new Bible, just as he had left it years ago.
With tears, he opened the Bible and began to turn the pages.His father had carefully underlined a verse, Matt 7:11,"And if ye, being evil know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more shall your Heavenly father which is in heaven, give to those who ask Him?"
As he read those words, a car key dropped from the back of the Bible.
It had a tag with the dealer’s name, the same dealer who had the sports car he had desired.On the tag was the date of his graduation, and the words…PAID IN FULL.
How many times do we miss God’s blessing because they are not packaged as we expected?
I trust you enjoyed this. Pass it on to others. Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; but remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for…

Thursday, July 17, 2008


Had a fascinating evening at the Library with a gentleman named Dave Naples who is part of "The Grand County Characters". A group of great people who are available for assorted functions and they portray some of the colorful character's of our area's history.
Dave does an excellent job of portraying David Moffat, the gentleman who was responsible for bringing the railroad across the Rockies at the turn of the century. This involved huge obstacles at the time. He invisioned the Tunnel that bares his name but didn't live long enough to see it built.
We have always wanted to explore the Rollins Pass /Corona Pass area where the train comes up over the highest point, so we headed out a few days ago to make the journey.
I'm going to spread this post out over a couple of days so I can get it all in. It was a great day.

David Moffat began the Moffat Route, originally named the Denver, Northwestern and Pacific (DNW&P), in 1902 with the intent to build a line directly west out of Denver that connected with Salt Lake City and then the west coast. The tracks move west out of the plains of Denver and
immediately begin the long climb over the continental divide of the Rockies by traversing the Front Range rock escarpments. Along this section, the rails wind through the foothills and into the mountains by going through 27 different tunnels cut into the rocks along the way.
This was a fantastic scenic route and an engineering marvel. Unfortunately, it was also a nightmare in winter months, which lasted from October to May. Keeping the tracks clear of snow was a full time task most of the winter and this expense often ate up all other profits made by the railroad

The Tunnel Section is on the East side of the Front Range which we plan to explore next week.

Our trip started on the west side near the exit of the present day Moffatt Rail Tunnel. A dirt road marked "Rollins Pass" takes off to the east from Hwy 40 just before you enter Winter Park.

For the most part the dirt road follows the old rail bed route. There is a short distance that diverts from the old rail bed but you can tell because the side of the road is no longer covered in old cinders. There are still lumps of coal along sections of the road.
Cinder field along side of road

The original railroad uphill from this point is impassable. The bypass road rejoins the railroad grade about 2 miles from here. At this point, about 150 feet above the curve, you will note the remains of two old cabins, which were used by loggers when the Moffat Road was constructed. The structure pictured above is a logging "landing deck". This structure was built by loggers to aid them in loading logs on flatcars.

There are numbered markers that correlate to a booklet that is excellent. We had a hard time tracking one down but finally located it at Routt National Forest Office outside of Granby.

There were many beautiful little run-off streams and the wildflowers were incredible.

Next Thursday will show the 100 year old trestle, original telegraph poles and top of Corona Pass.

Monday, July 14, 2008


Hands down my best birthday was the day I turned 50. Our first grandchild was
born on my birthday.