PACIFIC PEARLS BEAUTIFUL AMERICA, BEAUTIFUL PEARLS On my first visit to the United States in the late seventies, I stood at the foot of Pike’s Peak in Colorado, marveling at the wondrous beauty of this incredible country. I had no inkling at the time that the scenic beauty that I was so enthralled by was what had inspired the poet, Katharine Leech Bates, to pen the poem and now legendary patriotic song, America the Beautiful in 1893.