Wednesday, January 07, 2015
I love today's pair of photos! They were both taken on Tom Sawyer Island, a place that is brilliant in its simplicity. The fact that you have to take a raft to get there is genius… it really is an island, isolated from the rest of the park by a broad green river. I was a reader when I was a kid, and the stories of Mark Twain made me wish that I had a place to explore - a place with caves and hideaways, forts and tree houses.
Tom Sawyer Island felt like that place; I remember the first time I went through the caves, and felt a bit apprehensive. What if I got lost, like Injun Joe? Following the paths, one wondered what was around the next bend. Hey, a swaying suspension bridge! Cool!
Kids were encouraged to climb the rock formations - it was irresistible. The best thing was when your parents stayed down below and let you go up by yourself. This kid knows what I'm talking about.
Over at Castle Rock, guests followed the winding trail up to the peak. I wish the kid on top had pointed his rear end some other direction, but hey, he's a daredevil. When you think about it, he could have slipped and really hurt himself! I've never heard of any accidents of that sort. In today's litigious world, it's no wonder that features like this had to be removed. Believe it or not, I haven't been back to the island since it became the "Pirates Lair on Tom Sawyer Island", seven years ago.