Fortunately, human nature being what it
horrible experiences like gym class can be made tolerable with a little
imagination. When "leap frog" was the sport du jour, our
butt would "accidentally" get kicked when our buddy was the frog
and we were the frogee. When it was time for football, we discovered
pointing down the field to random spots and yelling "There, over
can really throw a quarterback off. And, as everyone knows, failure to
complete the obstacle course in the requisite amount of time means
to wear your underwear backwards for the rest of the day.
With the rope climb, however, we hit a
to do to make climbing a rope interesting? The joy of getting to
the top wasn't enough. The rope had to become a means to an end. There
had to be a reward for reaching the zenith.
That's when we developed the idea of
to each other at the top of the rope, inside the tile ceiling. I would
write something, usually "Are you eating with anyone for lunch?,"
climb the rope with the note in my teeth, then pull the paper out at
top and leave it inside the tile roof. After shimmying down, another
would climb up, retrieve it, bring it down in his teeth, then answer
question. Okay, it wasn't a communications system that would give
anything to worry about, but at least we got a payoff for our efforts.
Consider County Road 1 from Animas the
Cloverdale the payoff. County Road 1 goes on for quite some time, but
a definite reward at the end: an old building, once the store of the
community of Cloverdale. It's a beautiful structure, visible from miles
away. Built in 1918, it is now used by a local ranch as a place to
Cloverdale began around 1889, when the
and Cattle Company purchased the nearby Cloverdale Ranch. Other ranches
sprang up, and the community became known as Cloverdale. While it
Cloverdale's post office was the southernmost one in New Mexico. The
had a population of about two hundred people.
Of course, the old Cloverdale store is
a building, it's a note from those who have gone before. But if you're
not real big on metaphors, never fear: there are real notes along the
to Cloverdale. Someone with a great sense of humor has made sure you
a good time on your drive from Animas to Cloverdale. Trust me, you'll
it. What exactly am I talking about? Sorry, you'll have to
climb the rope and find out for yourself.
Oh, and if you don't make it there and
back in three
hours...well, I think we both know what the punishment will be.