The two men on the left and the boy (all unknown) were in the tour group. Tourguide is on the right.The five adventurers: Picture Center: L-R: Don Rowley, Arlyn “Red” Parish, Dennis DeVore, Jim Penka and Dave Adams.
ADVENTURE-OF-A-LIFETIME - PART IV
RETURN TO CIVILIZATION - Day five (Friday) begins like the others. Breakfast of eggs! Perhaps the bacon has been exhausted? Noticeably the number of eggs and bacon has now dwindled since the lack of the number of fish that was expected to have been consumed. Our boys are getting a little concerned about their eating habits. It has only been three days (give or take a meal) but the average consumption is close to about three dozen eggs a day! Perhaps something other than eggs would be good!
Once more the attempt to find those mysteriously missing fish brings nothing to the frying pan. More eggs for lunch is foreseeable! It has now become an issue of survival! Before noon of this day a vote is taken and it is agreed to abandon this campsite and return to civilization. The tent is struck (last time), folded and placed in its place in the back seat of the car (you already know this story). All remaining items are stowed compactly into the trunk. There seems to be more room in the trunk now that quite a few of the dozens of eggs and the bacon stores have been depleted but there is still not enough room to stow the tent. The ’55 Ford with its five occupants is fired up and heads east across highway 24 for Colorado Springs.
On the western outskirts of Colorado Springs the boys come upon the tourist stop of “The Cave of the Winds’. It was decided to take this tour where the following photo was taken on the afternoon of July 22, 1960. In the following picture, the five adventures can be seen as they appeared on that date, no worse for the wear or the number of eggs consumed along the way!
Since they were now very close to Colorado Springs, they didn’t find (didn’t really want to find?) a place to pitch the tent. Needless to say, not much money had been brought by any/all persons in the group and not enough pooled money to find a motel/hotel room for the night. Imagine now, five guys sleeping in a car (not sure how this was accomplished) on some street in Colorado Springs with the windows down for ventilation. Fortunately no one bothered them for the night, not even the police.
Saturday, day six, was the last day. Ok, so much for this excursion! ‘Let’s head for home’ was the mission for the day. Once more the Ford was started and the group set out from Colorado Springs bound for Kansas. Somewhere along the road someone made note of the fact that Bill Huntzinger (previous math teacher and coach at Radium High School) and his family lived in Goodland, KS. Another vote was taken and it was decided to drop-in, unannounced, on the Huntzinger family. What a surprise for them! Wouldn’t you be surprised too? However, the family was very hospitable (more than most of us would have been under the circumstances) and provided a cook-out of hamburgers and the usual faire that goes with it. The five travelers really enjoyed the taste of meat and other fine food! No eggs!
The Ford pulled into Radium in the evening of the 23rd and dropped off the two city boys. For all practical purposes this signaled the end of the adventure of a lifetime (6 days total - remember 10 days to 2 weeks) for these five individuals. It should be noted also, that there were a few eggs still available in the cooler but no one offered to take them home!