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Nov 2, 2013 - The Garden of the Gods then on to Alamosa, CO

Garden of the Gods, Lunch, then onward to Alamosa, CO 11-2-13 I got up early and went to a local Starbucks on Academy Dr. to do the usual online stuff and drink coffee. I returned with Julie’s tea by around 8:30A and we were off to Jean’s place to get a tour of the attractions of our choice then lunch. We chose to see the Garden of the Gods, a truly beautiful and spectacular place. It was a perfect, clear day so I got lots of photos. After that, it was off to a neat little deli in downtown Manitou Springs called “The Spice of Life” on...

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Jun 4, 2013 - The Great Sand Dunes National Park

Monday a 33 mile to The Great Sands Dunes National Park nestled against the rugged Sangre de Cristo Mountains. The huge dunes are the tallest in North America, The Star Dune is 750ft high and from the car park it is a 3 mile hike to the top. At the bottom of the dunes runs the Medano Creek and Sand Creek, the water is very low at the moment and by the time it gets to July has usually dried up. There are all sorts of animals in the area, Deer, Mountain Lions, Black Bear and many more and the only ones we saw were the deer. We walked for 4...

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Wandering America

Jun 4, 2013 - Alamosa

Saturday we drove to Alamosa in Colorado it was roughly a 4 hour journey, for once the journey was not on the interstates , quieter roads & lovely views along the way. Where we are parked on the campground we can see the Sangre De Cristo Mountains they still have snow on the top although we were told it will be gone by July. We drove into Alamosa to a book sale then called into the Colorado Welcome Centre to get everything we need for the rest of the trip. We called into a café while in town for drinks & cake to find volunteers painting the...

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Wandering America

Sep 9, 2012 - Conejos River Valley in Southern Colorado

It's so good to be back in the mountains! We really enjoyed the drive from Albuquerque. We hadn't made the drive for over 10 years & have to say not that much has changed. We're very happy with the Conejos River Campground. It was once a KOA but is now a private campground & they keep it up very well. We're looking forward to spending a month here. After we got the trailer set, we took Callie for a long walk down to & along the Conejos River. The river is 150 yards from the campground & guess you have to walk about a half mile to get to a...

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Sep 2, 2012 - More in Colorado

After leaving Leadville, we travelled to Buena Vista, nice small town, 1 grocery store but did find a place to get my haircut. We took several side trips from there one was over Cotonwood Pass, beautiful drive and @ 12,156' it was quite cool on top; following the road on down we came to Tin Cup, where we ate at Frenchy's, supposedly wonderful burgers. Our sources were correct the burgers were excellent, they close Labor Day for the year, not much there, dirt roads and lots of hunters and 4 wheelers. Next day we took a trip to an abandoned...

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West trip 2012

Aug 29, 2012 - Alamosa, Colorado

Well, we woke up this morning to sunny skies and +10 C. Brrrr. It didn't take long for it to warm up, as we meandered through the New Mexico winding roads. We saw plenty of antelope grazing in the pastures, before riding through the Cimarron Canyon State Park. After riding through the mountains we came down into a valley at Eagle's Nest, where there was a huge lake. That body of water was the only water we saw throughout New Mexico, as all of the creeks and rivers were dried up, with the draught. Cousin Daphne gave us a super tip for a...

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Jun 7, 2012 - Alamosa, CO

Heading west on Rt. 64, we left Raton and took the scenic route to Alamosa, CO. Driving through Cimmaron State Park provided a splendid albeit twisting drive up and down the mountains. Mother nature was at her finest there for me, but I love mountains, evergreens and lakes. We arrived at the peak of the mountains and immediately saw Eagle Nest Lake below, which was still 8366 feet above sea level. The lake is stunning and pretty good size. Apparently there are a lot of wind surfers there. Lots of RV parks too, which we made note of for...

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Sep 18, 2011 - Jour 25

Bonsoir, Encore une autre belle journée à notre actif. Aujourd'hui nous avons marché dans les Dunes de sable jusqu'au sommet pour ensuite les dévaler à toute allure comme des enfants. C'est capoté, les gens apporte leur planche de snow et leur ski pour descendre les dunes. Certains même sont en luge. Par la suite, nous avons monté dans une rivière très froide pour aller admirer une belle chûte. Demain, c'est le retour à la maison, nous avons terminé notre parcours. Il faut bien revenir si nous voulons repartir. Nous empruntons une route...

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Road Trip USA 2011

Sep 17, 2011 - Jour 24

Bonsoir! Today, nous avons fait une nouvelle expérience. Nous avons été nous baigner dans des sources thermales. Les degrés des bains variaient de 92 à 111 F. Ensuite nous avons pris la route en direction d'Alamosa sous la pluie et avons eu de la neige en traversant les montagnes à plus de 8600 pieds. Température en altitude : -2 C. J'ai eu un peu peur, vu la route sinueuse. Ce soir, de la vue de notre chambre, nous observons le coucher de soleil qui reflète dans les montagnes enneigées. Le ciel est rose, c'est tout simplement magnifique!...

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Road Trip USA 2011

Jun 30, 2011 - Day 3

Great Sand Dunes National Park today……not really anticipating a big pile of sand to be all that awesome, but the brochure showed a mountain stream with people swimming and talked about the diversity of the park, so we assumed there must be more than sand. When we got to the visitor’s station, we asked the ranger what we should see. The response was, “We’re kind of known for the sand…..so go to the dunes parking lot and hike to the top……do it while it is still cool.” A bit taken back that there wasn’t more, we pointed to the happy people...

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Summer 2011

Aug 22, 2010 - Sunday, Alamosa, CO (151 Miles)

Leaving Raton and driving north into Colorado we passed several early Spanish settlements that were overrun by coal companies at the turn of the century. Most have become ghost towns, except for Cokedale, a model mining center built in 1907. The drive follows an old Indian trail, traveling through the Cucharas Pass at 9,941 feet. Alamosa’s KOA campground contained something new to us – a fenced-in dog park. The boys had fun running loose. The big attraction near Alamosa is the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve. The 30 square miles...

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Jun 29, 2010 - Loveland, CO to Alamosa, CO

There was some beautiful country between Loveland and Alamosa. The mountains had a totally different look; there was a lot of green on some. We passed Pike's Peak and Mt. Blanca. Mt. Blanca is the second highest peak in Colorado and is 200 feet higher than Pike's Peak. We thought we had conquered the overheating problem in the MH. Not so. While the grades didn't look all that steep, they were long. We unhooked the car about 50 miles from the KOA. There was road construction with some lengthy delays, but the road remained pretty flat for the...

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