I’ve driven by it, maybe a hundred times. The sign along Interstate 25 between Douglas and Glenrock reads, Ayers Natural Bridge. Sounds intriguing enough, yet it took me about 10 years to finally check it out. Actually, I tried last month, but found a locked gate and a sign telling me it would be open in April. So yesterday I took a short detour to find out what its all about.
Ayers Natural Bridge is one of only three natural bridges in the United States that have running water flow below. Located in Converse County, Wyoming, this state park is only about 10 minutes off the highway. From April through September visitors can explore this natural wonder, without paying an admission fee. As you exit the highway and head south, the landscape doesn’t compel one to expect anything unique, however after you crest the horizon, the geography makes a sudden change, with red rock outcroppings as you descend to LaPrele Creek. After another mile, you will find a small parking lot located only a short walk from the bridge. While this wouldn’t rank as a vacation destination for most folks, it is certainly worth the short drive if you are traveling through the “Cowboy State.”
When Burdens Become Bridges
Burdens, too, can often be stepping stones to higher ground! A biologist tells how he watched an ant carrying straw which seemed a big burden for it. The ant came to a crack in the earth which was too wide for it to cross. It stood for a time as though pondering the situation. Then it put the straw over the crack and walked over it! What a lessons for us! The burden can become a bridge for spiritual progress if we endeavor by God’s help to live the overcoming life! (H.G. Bosch)
- Natural Bridge Tale (biblioklept.org)