Monday, September 10, 2012
Well, here's something a bit unusual for GDB... photos from the 1990's! All four of todays images are from July 1, 1996, and were taken by a buddy of mine who visited the park almost weekly in those days. Some of the photos are just plain pretty, others show stuff that has changed or vanished entirely.
Por ejemplo, the Keel Boat "Bertha Mae" and Cascade Peak are featured prominent in these pictures; my friend took so many photos of both that I wonder if he had a premonition that they would be going away eventually. I particularly love this first picture... imagine hearing the roar of the waterfalls and feeling the cool spray on your skin.
These next two were taken from Tom Sawyer Island, I believe. At some point the flow of Cascade Peak's waterfalls was dialed down to about half of what it had been, and it shows. I'm sure those big pumps used a ton of electricity ($$$). Still, half is better than nothin'.
A similar shot... I like to think of the Keel Boats as a sort of frontier version of the Peoplemover: a slow-moving, relaxing mode of transportation that afforded a great view of Frontierland and the river.
The Keel Boats would only be around for about another year, being permanently "retired" sometime in May 1997, and Cascade Peak would be torn down in 1998. Frontierland just isn't the same...
I'll have more fun from those crazy 1990's coming up!