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Oct 21, 2020 - Garden of the Gods

Colorado Springs, CO Garden of the Gods was first called Red Rock Corral by the Europeans. Then, in 1859, two surveyors explored the site. One of the surveyors suggested that it would be a "capital place for a beer garden". His companion, awestruck by the impressive rock formations, exclaimed, "Beer Garden! Why, it is a fit place for the Gods to assemble. We will call it the Garden of the Gods." Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs is a beautiful collection of red sandstone rocks that have different shapes: toppled, overturned, stood-up,...

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Sep 22, 2020 - Fort Carson/Old Colorado Springs/Pikes Peak

On Saturday, we went to tour the Fort Carson Visitors Center. Ft Carson, known as the Mountain Post, is a premier army base, established in 1942, which leads, trains and prepares soldiers for the battlefield. At the visitors center, with their extensive displays, we were taken through the history of the wars of our country. Very well done and we had a very energetic Corporal to lead us through each display. After the tour, we drove to Old Colorado Springs where we found a great Italian cafe, and then shopped for souvenirs. On Monday, Bob...

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Sep 22, 2020 - Garden of the Gods

Ok, so lots of catching up to do, too busy to make journal entries, and sometimes not a good wifi connection. Last Friday, we went to Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs. This is a Natural landmark and has huge red rock formations which, as we read, were formed millions of years ago due to upheavals in the earth's surface and erosion and are red, pink and white sandstones and limestone. We did a drive thru, but if desired, there is hiking, tour by horseback, trolleys available. We were surprised by the crowds. We wore masks where...

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Sep 20, 2020 - A Colorado thrill ride

The smoke has finally cleared here, so yesterday was the day we picked to up to Pikes Peak. You stop as you enter the park and get to pay $15 a person for this Colorado thrill ride. The road up is a 19 mile two lane road which has very sharp curves with lots of switchbacks. And of course it is very steep, even more so as you get closer to the top. The views are beautiful but there are not always convenient pull outs to accommodate a picture. You cannot drive all the way to the top (14,115 feet) as they are building a Visitor Center at the...

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Sep 19, 2020 - The Air Force Academy

I thought you might like a peek at the Air Force Academy buildings. From the road down below it looks just like it is built into the mountain. It is very modern looking. Lots of steel and glass. The chapel itself is under going renovation. It is those triangular spires that you see in the middle. It was established in 1954 and this base is huge, 18,500 acres. There is the Air Force Academy, a huge Football stadium, a Commissary, exchange, etc. All the stuff a regular base has all the buildings and fields associated with the AF academy. We...

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Sep 18, 2020 - Colorado Springs

Yesterday we were on the road to Colorado Springs by about 8:30 a.m. We passed lots more farmland with rows and rows of crops, homes in the distance, widely spaced. Not being on the interstate, we passed through small towns, not much activity as we drove through. Was it covid or just sleepy little towns? As we continued, it seemed gradual, then more and more we could see the mountains appearing and we knew we were not in Kansas anymore, ha!!! Now we always have to have a little drama on our trips. This time, when we were about 25 miles...

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Sep 17, 2020 - Zoey I've got a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore...

Nope, its true. We're not in Kansas any more, Zozo. We are in Colorado Springs, at the Air Force Academy RV park. We left our Kansas KOA spot at 0900. Yes, it still is a bit smoky here and there is an air advisory until tomorrow morning. It was 50 degrees this morning in Kansas and it felt kinda good. I actually slept good last night. Maybe my body knows its getting closer to home. Usually when we travel it takes a couple nights before I sleep good. Strange surroundings, traffic, and even trains will wake me up. Besides Miss Zoey who...

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Jul 19, 2020 - Colorado Springs CO

We have enjoyed three great days in Colorado Springs. Great weather and what seems to be a very nice town. We aren't going to restaurants or shops, but it seems to be a great tourist area. Our first stop was Garden of the Gods. This is truly a beautiful little park where you can drive, walk, bike or do what ever you want to do. The granite spires and peaks are beautiful. A great place to spend a day and have a picnic. You will notice Cindy holding up Balance Rock which was exposed about 300,000,000 years ago. Pikes Peak was our next...

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Jun 15, 2020 - Colorado Springs

Mon., June 15th – We knew this trip would be a very different experience with the Covid-19 limitations, and today reminded us we are living in a new “normal”. We drove to 2 waterfall locations that we found were closed to the public. Then the outing to the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs ended up being open only to military card holders. Focus on the Family was not offering tours, but we were able to stroll through the bookstore. We then took another hike (long and hot) along the scenic, dusty paths of Red Rock Canyon. We ended our...

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Westward Bound Again

Jun 14, 2020 - Rollin' into Colorado Springs

Sat., June 13th – Just when you think you’re livin’ the carefree perfect RV life, there’s a day that jars you back to reality. It all started with Carla breaking her toe getting out of her shower. Then we drove the 400 mile stretch to Oakley, Kansas through the unrelenting winds that kept the wind turbines along the way spinning at full speed – Not so good for fuel mileage when pulling a rig you’re trying to keep between the lines! We arrived in Oakley with the temps registering 102* on the truck…..the story worsens! When Steve hit the...

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Oct 22, 2019 - The New Baby

We had lots to accomplish today, but top of the list was to spend some time with Lacie, Mike and the new great grandbaby (our 3rd). No sooner had we walked in the door and exchanged hugs and Lacie put the baby in my arms. So Cute. So adorable! He was not a tiny baby, but you forget just how small they are. And he was a real cuddle bug. I held him for and hour or so before relinquishing him to Don, and he held him for an hour or so. Then grandpa Daren came by for his daily visit; (I had already accused him of moving in with them!) Then it...

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Oct 21, 2019 - More Driving

We left bright and early this morning (5:30) to head north to Colorado Springs. We hade forgotten about the time zone change, so actually arrived even earlier than we had anticipated. So we decided to run by the pharmacy, one of our planned errands, to renew 2 prescriptions for Don. One was ok, but wouldn’t be ready until the next day. Unfortunately the other had to be called in, and to a different doctor than was listed on the bottle, so that muddied the water a bit. However, I was hopeful that by calling it in before the days end when...

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