Post by ralph on Apr 15, 2019 9:16:15 GMT -5
So far, we have identified Glenwood Springs, Colorado as our starting point and have been instructed to travel on Route 70 through Glenwood Canyon. Along this 12-mile stretch, either westbound or eastbound, there are only two exits: Grizzly Creek (exit 121) and Hanging Lake (exit 125). Grizzly Creek feeds into the Colorado River and has a nice hiking trail, but not much else. Hanging Lake, in contrast, is one of the most popular hiking destinations in the state. Located about 7 miles east of Glenwood Springs, one needs to climb about 1,000 feet from the adjacent parking area to reach it. The trail to the lake runs along Dead Horse Creek, another small tributary of the Colorado. Several hiking guides caution individuals who are either out of shape or have a fear of heights (because of some stressful steps near the end of the climb.)
At this point, the third stanza lights up.
From there it’s no place for the meek.
The end is ever drawing nigh
There’ll be no paddle up your creek.
Just heavy loads and water high.
In short, the stanza suggests:
This part of the journey can be a little scary.
You will be doing some serious climbing.
Your destination, remarkably, is a body of water.
You will not be able to get there by traveling in the creek itself (because you’re climbing).
This fits Hanging Lake perfectly.
If Hanging Lake truly is our destination, we would expect to see a clue, ideally in this stanza, that gets us from Route 70 to the lake. In short, we are looking for a clue that gives us Dead Horse Creek.
The end = Dead
nigh is a reference to the left side of a Horse
creek is Creek.
Note: the components of the third clue are buried in precisely the same two lines of the third stanza as those of the second clue.
The overall structure of the poem is now coming into view:
The first stanza provides a tutorial on how to find some of the clues.
The second stanza yields the first clue.
The third stanza yields the second and third clues. Perhaps the fourth clue is lurking in there as well.
The first clue is Glenwood Springs.
The second clue is Route 70.
The third clue is Dead Horse Creek.