August 06, 2007
This Ain't the Damned Lake Road
Here is the driveway of someone who is tired of tourists who leave their brains back in Kansas or Colorado Springs. (The actual signed and marked turnoff to Lake DeWeese is about 100 yards further south on Colorado 96, near Westcliffe.)
Full text: Private Drive Stay Out. This Ain't The Damned Lake Road. Stay Out.
In the background, a thunderstorm moves over the Wet Mountains.
I used to wonder about rural residents who were always putting up "Private Drive -- Keep Out" signs. Then I became one.
Every sunny Sunday there would be someone blundering up our little two-track driveway. The dogs would bark, we would go outside to see who was visiting, only to see a vehicle rapidly reversing away.
Once it was a Cañon City bank president in a red convertible with a much younger blonde in the passenger seat. His daughter, perhaps.
So I put up a "Private Drive" sign, which discourages most of them.