My family used to travel to Garden of the Gods back before the current network of paved roads allowed for droves of pasty tourists to easily access its wonders. Sometimes, it seemed, we'd be the ONLY pasty tourists there, free to explore and climb and reflect on the pristine beauty of this registered National Natural Landmark.
But now there are signs. And people. And signs telling people not to climb and not to damage and not to do the things people tend to do when they're carefree and careless and drunk with travel and beauty and freedom.
And of course, I'd like to say that it's worse, now. Worse with its rules and restrictions and parking lots and state-of-the-art Visitor's Center, but you know what? It's not. It is still, to this day, as stunningly bold as I remember -- colors saturated to an HD vividness you'd thought incapable of witnessing with eyes focused away from a high-tech screen.
And while easy access comes with drawbacks, who am I to say that this beauty shouldn't be shared?