National Geographic : 1956 May
599 Conrad L. Wirth, Director, National Park Service Groceries Coming Down! A Plane Parachutes Milk and Eggs to Granite Park Chalet Once a week last summer, a pilot dropped 40-pound packs of food near the isolated inn (page 606). Air-drop supply proved cheaper than muleback. Once, when a chute ripped, milk and eggs were scrambled all over the field. White circle marks a chute on the ground. inspector on his next trip to the mountaintop. Miss Kathleen Revis, NATIONAL GEO GRAPHIC photographer, went along to take pictures of a herd of mountain goats reported near the lookout. A veteran hiker and camper, she had already been in the park more than a month. Her tirelessness on the trails surprised even the park rangers.* The lookout trail, with 33 switchbacks, climbs 3,500 feet in four steep miles. Up this zigzag path mules haul the watchers' food, water, and supplies. When I mentioned our plans to Jay Lytle, a 76-year-old wrangler with several decades of experience in the park, he shook his head. "Son," he said with a chuckle, "that's one trail I'd just as soon forget. It's a horse killer on the way up and a dude-killer on the way down." Not reassuring, but Jay, I found, had stretched the truth a mite, which is any wrangler's privilege. Mountain Goats Romp at Close Range On top we looked out in every direction on a sea of peaks, many of them snow capped. By the tower we watched a score of mountain goats frolic at close range. Lured by salt, they romped about for more than an hour. The animals were molting, leaving hair in patches everywhere. The leader, a dignified billy, had finished the job and stomped about in a shiny new white coat. One young nanny kept watch on frisky twin kids. Married couples, mostly college students, *See: in the NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE, "Colorado by Car and Campfire," by Kathleen Revis, August, 1954.