Such a moment occurred on a beautiful Saturday morning, April 26, 2003, at the grand opening of the Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park.
As someone who would understand the significance of this event as well as anyone in town, Mayor Don Vanderhoof proclaimed this an historic event for Glenwood Springs.
Steve and Jeanne Beckley’s love of caves and their vision of bringing this incredible experience to everyone is a feat whose impact is truly hard to imagine. It is a physical, emotional and spiritual experience that will set Glenwood Springs apart from almost any place in the country.
Congratulations to Chuck Peterson for his foresight and competence in developing the breathtaking ride up the tram to the caves.
Local historian and Glenwood’s ambassador to the world, Jim Nelson, has written a beautifully illustrated book which captures the excitement of this huge undertaking from its inception. I can’t imagine anyone not wanting to have this in their home.
As the talented local star, Melissa Miller, opened the ceremony with a beautiful rendition of “A Moment Like This,” I felt tears welling up in my eyes. I thought it was the sentimentality of an old coot until I saw my wife take out a tissue and dab her eyes. Then I looked up on the platform and I think Jeanne Beckley was really fighting back the tears.
The whole day was superbly planned. You will have a whole new perspective of the beauty of our area from the Exclamation Point restaurant.
Thank you Steve, Jeanne, Chuck, Nancy, Jim and everyone else involved with bringing out even more of the magnificence of our area for the whole country to enjoy.
Jim and Marolyn Cummins
I am very disappointed to see Heidi Rice’s “Married Without Children” column no longer running in the Post Independent. I really looked forward to a good laugh every Friday.
It is rare that a newspaper has its own humor writer and this was a special treat for the locals. This column will be sorely missed.
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