Around the World in 80 Days
Day 68: 1 December
'Where are we going?' I manage to ask in a voice as thin as the air.
'Aw . . . I dunno for sure.'
Jake looks around. He looks around without getting off the edge of the basket! He just twists his unharnessed body on the thin leather rim 300 feet above Aspen!
'You see, it just depends on the way the air behaves.'
'You mean you don't know that?'
'Not until we get up here.' He consults one of the distressingly few instruments, which shows wind speed. Below me now Main Street has become Highway 82. A long line of Dinky Toys thread their way slowly into the town. What's a traffic jam doing in a beautiful place like this? Remember to ask Jake this when my voice has broken.
'Y'see, the cold air flows down this valley like water in a river. It's not till you're in it you know where or how fast those currents are flowing.'
I know where. Aspen International Airport, that's where. A light plane is actually flying in beneath us.
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- Series: Around the World in 80 Days
- Day: 68
- Date: 1 December
- Country/sea: USA
- Place: Aspen - Colorado
- Book page no: 224
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