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Aug 15, 2017 - Arriving in Colorado Springs and Enjoying the Broadmoor

August 15, 2017 It was a relatively short trip up to the Colorado Springs area, and we got off pretty early, so the WalMart option wasn’t really very attractive. Susan called the KOA in Fountain, just south of Colorado Springs, and found us a space. We settled in there and headed out to see what Colorado Springs has to offer. One thing it has is great weather. The days are in the 70s and the nights in the 50s. We are having a good bit of intermittent rain, but the cool breezes are worth the occasional inconvenience. After we drove around...

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Aug 23, 2015 - From Montana to Wyoming to Colorado

Hello from Fountain, CO (just south of CO Springs). We already miss the beautiful state of MT where we’ve enjoyed the last eight weeks.....wow, where does the time go? Let me say that the state of MT isn’t so beautiful right now......at least where we’ve been recently, due to all the smoke from the fires burning throughout the west. It is very sad to say the least! Prayers go out to the families of the three firefighters lost this week fighting these fires. Dick heard yesterday that there are about 32,000 firefighters working throughout the...

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Aug 27, 2014 - Oh What Shall We See?

Detours just aren't so bad. The slide problem brought us to Colorado and now we're spending more time enjoying what God placed here. Made thee drive across Wolf Creek Pass on Tuesday with the truck and my lungs all performing better than expected. Royal Gorge Railroad took us on a slow ride through the Gorge and what beauty we did see. Even saw a Big Horn Sheep, but couldn't get the camera to focus well enough. We continue to be amazed at the power and beauty of God's creation. The suspension bridge and park are currently closed due to a...

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Jun 20, 2012 - Day 39 Garden of the Gods

We’ve been driving by this park for days and catching glimpses of the rocks. We waited until we had an afternoon to go so the light is better. The park was donated to the city of Colorado Springs for a park with the condition that it remains open and free to the public. There is a 1-mile paved walk through the park. Words can’t describe it and our pictures don’t really capture the beauty of these rock formations. They were pushed up when the Rocky Mountains pushed up from the plains millions of years ago. Wow, what amazing things God has done.

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Jun 19, 2012 - Day 38 Miramount Castle

It’s still very hot today. We stayed in part of the day just to avoid the heat and smoke. However, we got out to do a few things. We toured the Miramount Castle in Manitou Springs. It is a 14,000 square foot mansion has 30 rooms and was built of local green sandstone in 1895 with an addition in 1897. It’s built into the side of the mountain. The mansion was built for Fr. Jean Baptiste Francolon, the local parish priest, and his mother. They returned to France in 1900 and the mansion and adjacent house were used as a sanitarium and retreat...

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Jun 18, 2012 - Day 37 Pike’s Peak

We had a very interesting day. We rode the Cog Railway up to the top of Pike’s Peak. It was an interesting ride with an informative guide on the train. The views from the top of the mountain were stupendous although a bit hazy. We were told that without the haze we would be able to see Kansas. There is smoke in the air from the wildfire that is about 30 miles away to the west. It’s a small fire that began on Saturday, June 16. It is growing and has caused some evacuations already. On the train, in the seat across from us, was young couple...

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Jun 17, 2012 - Day 36 Rest Day

At home to do laundry, and rest for Father’s Day. The fire rages on – 85 square miles, 181 homes, 1,500 firefighters, 1 death, 20% containment. Containment is not expected for 4 to 6 weeks. There is an equally large fire in New Mexico in a more remote area and one in Arizona. The west is very dry, a tender box.

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Jun 16, 2012 - Day 35 Manitou Springs

Cave of the Winds was discovered in 1890s by two boys who were exploring the canyon and heard the winds blowing through and out of the cave. An entrepreneur began taking people through by candlelight soon afterward. We went on a tour with a very large group and there were lots of other tours that we bumped into frequently. There were some stalactite, stalagmites, cave bacon, and cave coral. There were also some tight places to walk through. We enjoyed the caves. We didn’t especially enjoy the drive up from the highway to the entrance of the...

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Jun 15, 2012 - Day 34 Royal Gorge

Today we drove to Royal Gorge near Can͂on City. It is a canyon formed millions of years ago by the Arkansas River. The canyon is 1000 yards deep, 900 yards wide at the top and 30 feet wide at the bottom. It’s billed as the Grand Canyon of Colorado. There is a suspension bridge across the top of the gorge. The gorge is privately owned and thus very commercial, but amazing none the less. Some of you may know that Barbara is very fearful of heights. The victory of the day was when she walked across the bridge. Hurrah!!!!! The drive there and...

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Jun 14, 2012 - Day 33 Colorado Springs

We were patriot today—well sort of. In the morning we went to the Air Force Academy. We drove around the campus, saw the film about the academy, read all the museum info and walked to the chapel. The chapel is really lovely. On the top floor is the Protestant Chapel, the largest of the three chapels. It has lovely stain glass windows where the aluminum panels meet. There is a huge cross over the altar and a beautiful Holtkamp pipe organ at the opposite end. Note: The colors in the stained glass windows change from dark to light as one...

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Jun 13, 2012 - Day 32 Cripple Creek

What a full day! We spent the day in Cripple Creek. You may remember that Cripple Creek was the sight of the 1890 gold discovery that caused a gold rush into the area in 1890s. This is the location of historic deep shaft mining. Many millionaires were created during the boom years from 1890 to 1910. The town burned to the ground in 1892 and was rebuilt using brick, not wood, in six months. They boast that Cripple Creek had everything a town could want: churches, 2 opera houses, restaurants, grocery stores, clothing stores, schools, 3 piano...

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Jun 12, 2012 - Day 31 Travel Day

This was a travel day. We did the best we could driving through Denver. The traffic is very heavy on all of the big roads. Once we were out of the city, the land opened up immediately into open prairie and rolling hills. We could see the mountains (not as high or snowy) off to the right as we drove south through Colorado Springs to Fountain. It all looks like open range, but there seems to be no farming. The land all looks very arid. After we were settled in, we checked out the Fountain Farmers Market. There were about a dozen crafters...

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