The Cary Diaries: John Denver Sanctuary

August 21st, 2014

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






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