In the late nineteenth century, the United States Army set up several military camps in western Colorado for the protection of travelers. A Lieutenant McCalla headed one such camp and, according to tradition, named it Camp Lay, after his fiancé back in Chicago. It’s not what you might think; “Lay” was her surname. Later, after the military camp had gone, the remaining town was simply called “Lay.” Laetitia and her group hiked in Little Yampa Canyon Recreation Area and visited the Museum of Northwest Colorado in nearby Craig before arriving at Lay in the afternoon. During their walkabout, a local resident told Laetitia a joke that she transformed into the limerick of the day.
When Barbie asked Ken, one fine day
“Will you show me the best way to Lay?”
Ken gave a proud glance
As he reached in his pants
To his map, Colorado, display.