Monday, August 1, 2011

US Summer 2011: Retracing Jose Rizal's Steps In Colorado!

by: Mhe-anne L. Ojeda

After two days of sampling Colorado's mountainous gems through my hiking the Rock Park and visiting the amazing Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre, my lucky streak continues with an unexpected kaleidoscope of the world's most beautiful scenery during my four-hour drive from Denver International Airport to Aspen, Snowmass!

Aboard solo in a privately chauffeured Colorado Mountain Express (CME), I leisurely enjoyed the abundant natural beauty of Colorado through CME's executive van's larger-than-life ' windows. I couldn't help but juxtaposed this experience with no less than our national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal when he passed by along the Colorado River and the Rocky Mountains still capped with snow in the Spring of 1888!

In the Philippines Tripod Diary of Dr. Jose Rizal in The United States, our national hero described the scenery as the Pullman Car he was riding from California to New York passed by Colorado.

"Wed. May 9, 1888 . We are passing through the mountains of rocks along a river; the river is noisy and its noise gives life to the lifeless scenery. We woke up at Colorado the 4th state we crossed over. At 10:30 we climb up a certain height, and this is why snow is seem along the way. There were many pines. The snow on the mountain top is white and shiny. We passed through tunnels made of wood, to protect the road against snow. Icicles in these tunnels are very bright which gives majestic effect. -- The Porter of the Pullman Car, an American, is a sort of thief. -- Colorado has more trees than the three states we passed over. There are many horses."

Although my visit to Colorado was in the summer and somewhat a reverse of Dr. Rizal's visit since I originated from New York, the description I have of Colorado was the same as that of our national hero. Colorado is indeed a destination for all seasons since it boast of 300 days of sunshine and the glittering snow is an all year round decoration for the Rocky Mountains!!

(This is part of the 5-week US Summer Vacation series, which took place from June 30, 2011 to August 3,2011 and second post on Dr.Jose Rizal's Travel in the United States.
Click on Retracing Rizal's Steps in California,USA to read the post!

For other US Summer 2011 post please click:
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  1. Wow, solo in a privately chauffeured car, this is what you call traveling with in style :)

  2. haha Claire,truth is it was just a lucky streak to travel solo on CME door-to-door express to Aspen which was paid for by my friend. The CME van was intended for 10 pax, but that day I was surprised to have it all to myself! Lucky me!!

  3. interesting post about rizal. and yes, lucky you to be travelling solo in a chauffeured car. :)

  4. thanks Gladys for dropping by my blog. it always thrill me to stumble some common thing between me and Dr.Jose Rizal though most of them are unexpected.the same thrill i feel seeing comments from new online friends through PTB community!


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