© R. Malcolm Brown, Jr.
Deep in the northwestern woods
Lies a placid lake
High upon a slope
Tired horses dredged a great bowl
Built an earthen dam
This deep mountain lake
Was constructed in the in the midst
Of a vast, wild land
It is still unchanged
Today its clear blue waters
Fed by mountain streams
A place of beauty
To relax and unwind from
Trials of modern life
This place beckons me
To return to its green shores
Here in the mountains
June 3, 1994
Each year, the Brown family would embark on a glorious trip
from Pampa, Texas to a beloved vacation spot, Coulter Lake Guest Ranch.
Obviously, memories of these times flood back into the author's recall
of this beautiful spot high in the White River National Forest, approximately
19 miles north of Rifle, Colorado. The place has remained virtually unchanged
for the past 90 years, and the current owners, Norm and Sue Benzinger,
plan to keep it that way. This is a very special place on this planet,
one which has spoken so often to the author in ways totally unexpected.
It is one of the most beautiful places on earth.
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