Al's Photography Blog

Al's Photography Blog
Folly Beach, South Carolina

Friday, June 18, 2010

Scenic Sunday - Royal Gorge Incline

A couple of people asked whether Socks actually hikes with me or whether I carry him. He comes on almost every hike I take, and despite his small size (7 pounds or 3.2 kg) he walks the whole way, even on 6 or 7 mile hikes. When we get home he's still got energy to play! The only time I carry him is if it's very hot and sunny, there's a gravel trail, and no shade, because it's just too hot so close to the ground for him. He scrambles up and down rocky sections better than I can! He'll drink water from my hand, or drink it from a stream. Sometimes it's just me and Socks, other times I've got one or more friends along, it depends on when I go.

One of the attractions as the Royal Gorge is an incline that takes you down 1,000 feet to the bottom of the gorge. It's on a 45 degree angle, as can be seen in these photos, taken near the top.
Here's a photo taken near the top while in the incline's car.
A railroad runs along the bottom, and we were lucky enough to see a train going by.
The aerial tram seems a long way up!
There are people going down the rapids in rafts and kayaks.
And finally, here's a view looking up the incline from the bottom.
If it doesn't make you too nervous, this is a must-do since it's included with the (not cheap) price of admission.
Scenic Sunday

18 comments:

  1. Haven't been to Royal Gorge, now on my list. Seems you can almost any kind of transportation there.

    Always good to have a hiking companion. Did Socks go on the Incline?

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  2. This is exactly one of the things I want to do next month with my granddaughter! I haven't been to the Gorge since the price$ went up, up, up!

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  3. Thanks your courage taking these photos. w|;゚ロ゚|w
    And then, people doing these engineering.

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  4. Ciao Al, questa è proprio una bella avventura !!!
    Buon divertimento :-))

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  5. Awesome scenic photos and a lot of action :)

    http://foto.rudenius.se/post/2010/06/19/Scenic-Sunday-e28093-Shadow-Shot-Sunday.aspx

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  6. I love how brightly colored all the transportation is! Wonderful scenes! :D

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  7. Such an awesome series of shots. What a fantastic place to visit.

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  8. Hello Al, congratulations your pictures are very beautiful

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  9. What wonderful memories you bring back to me!

    Great shots of an amazing place!

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  10. Fantastic way to spend a day. Love the red "train"
    Cheers.
    Melbourne Daily Photo

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  11. amazing photos and must be amazing to experience!

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  12. Interesting and informative post. Must be an amazing experience to be there. Hope you have a nice day. =)

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  13. You have to be very brave to go on the aerial tram. I once went on one that goes on the ground. It was a scary experience when we were packed like cattle going up and down Penang hill in Malaysia.

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  14. Quite an adventure pack activity to do and a breath-taker too!

    Thanks for the visit.

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  15. Wow! Impressive place - and I love all the different modes of transport!

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  16. Ooh, I would love to go both on the incline and aerial tram! That looks so awesome!

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  17. wow...this looks interesting....adventures...had once done rafting, it is an awesome experience..
    very nice

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