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Elitch Gardens skeletons echo fire department's parking warning: Kenny Be's Sign Language

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From the angle in which the above photograph was taken, it appears that the hanging skeletons warn of dire consequences for scofflaws who disobey the Denver Fire Department's "no parking or storage allowed within 50 feet of this building" sign... The skeletons hanging from the gallows pictured above are just a few of the curious remnants that are stored in Elitch's back lot at the base of the Mister Twister 2 roller coaster. They look to be parked well over fifty feet from the parking restriction sign featured in the previous picture. The bleached bones really pick up the bright light of a Denver winter sunset.

Scattered throughout this wedge-shaped weed patch is an inventory of leisure's lonesome leftovers. Broken ride parts, metal-shelter frames and forgotten Halloween amusements can easily be seen by passersby on the adjoining South Platte River bike path. The bike path follows the amusement park's property fence for about a quarter-mile down to the Broncos Bridge.

At Invesco Field, the bike path connects up with a pedestrian promenade that follows the west side of Interstate 25. This landscaped walkway is always lined with photographers, especially during winter sunsets. Look below to see what they are trying to capture. The picture above, taken just minutes after the earlier hanging-skeletons shot, features a nearly full moon captured over Downtown Denver in the lovely golden light of a winter sunset. The water slides at the base of the Elitch Gardens observation tower neatly wrap the gifted cityscape in red and green holiday ribbon.

More from our Kenny Be/Comics archive: "Josh McDaniels as Parade of Lights Grand Marshal: Kenny Be's Worst-Case Scenario."

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