As summer comes to a close, I reflect on my family trip to Colorado. Breathing in the fresh mountain air, hiking through forests, challenging myself on hard climbs, and biking along the Rio Grande all make for a healthy, active vacation. But more than that, there’s something about the mountains that soothes our souls. The power of the conifer trees, the “antennae for the planet”, draws in universal healing energy that is tangible in every breath.
No one expresses this better than John Denver, the American singer-songwriter, actor, activist and humanitarian whose tribute is the beautiful John Denver Sanctuary in Aspen, Colorado.
The Sanctuary hides a highly-engineered stormwater filtration system that pays tribute to Denver’s environmental legacy. Large boulders display his lyrics and portray his sensitivity to nature. To me, this place acts as a reminder to be proactive and preserve all of our precious resources.
I walked away from the sanctuary, deep in contemplation, and my heart filled with a song that nature is and always will be in her finest hour!
He climbed cathedral mountains
Saw silver clouds below
Saw everything as far as you can see
And they say that he got crazy once
And he tried to touch the sun
And he lost a friend but kept his memory
Now, he walks in quiet solitude
The forests and the streams
Seeking grace in every step he takes
His sight has turned inside
Himself to try and understand
The serenity of a clear blue mountain lake
Now his life is full of wonder
But his heart still knows some fear
Of a simple thing he cannot comprehend
Why they try to tear the mountains down
To bring in a couple more
More people, more scars upon the land
And the Colorado Rocky Mountain high
I’ve seen it rainin’ fire in the sky
He know he’d be a poorer man
If he never saw an eagle fly
Rocky Mountain high
It’s the Colorado Rocky Mountain high