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Jan 27, 2018 - Our Plans with a new blog site and some pictures of a little hike we took.

We're going to try this blog journal again. This one, I hope is more stable than the last one. Sorry about that. It was an unpleasant surprise when I learned that they were shutting us down in the middle of our trip. At least we got the Camino out there and I heard some good comments when we got back. I hope this one is easier for you to add a comment. Well, we are not sitting still. We’re in the throes of planning our next trip. First P. and I will be going to Indiana this April for a basket convention. Then we’re going to meander back...

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Meandering Streams

Aug 17, 2017 - Enjoying Manitou Springs and the Cog Railway

August 17, 2017 What a most excellent day. We spent much of the morning cleaning and straightening the RV, then set off for downtown Manitou Springs. WE found a great parking place right in front of the Vault, an old bank building turned retail outlet. This was a high end clothing, jewelry, and cool things store that Susan spent an hour shopping in. Best thing is that they had a “guy chair”, a place for guys to sit and catch up on Facebook, emails, and their latest novel, which I did. By that time it was lunch time, so we walked over to the...

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Aug 16, 2017 - Garden of the Gods time

August 16, 2017 Well, we ended up in the WalMart after all, but this time only for some shopping and then some lunch. We took a lazy morning, leaving right at the 11 am checkout time of the KOA, then heading over to WalMart for some shopping for odds and ends. We couldn’t check in to the Garden of the Gods RV Spot until after 1 pm, so we had some time to kill. After lunch we headed over to the new resort, checked in, set up the coach, then took off for Garden of the Gods. We didn’t quite make it there at first. We stopped at the Garden of...

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Jun 28, 2017 - Hiking in the Area

We drove south just a bit to the Red Rock Canyon Open Space on Monday. (I hate the name -- it is an area that the city of Colorado Springs bought in 2003 for use as a recreational facility.) It is located just off State Hwy 24 on the way to Manitou Springs. The park has several miles of trails and it looks similar to the Garden of the Gods without all of the hype. One can see the Garden of the Gods rock formations from the Open Space trails. The trails are set aside for hiking and horseback riding. There is even a mountain bike course....

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2017-2018

Apr 10, 2017 - Manitou Springs, CO

4-10-17 Manitou Springs Got up and had the motel breakfast then got some morning chores done. I took my ailing Nikon D40X to Mike’s Camera shop Julie spotted near the hotel. The camera guy looked it over, did some test shots with it, murmured “that’s odd” a few times, then handed it back over the counter to me saying, “ It’s time my friend." The probable fault is the sensor which would cost more than the camera body is worth. Anyway, that is why there are not many pictures in the trip journal these days. On a positive note, my little point...

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Aug 18, 2014 - Gettin' high in Colorado

Aug 18 - 29 On Monday (18th) we boarded the girls at PetSmart and headed for Pike’s Peak. The two of them were NOT happy, but it’s the one time we couldn’t take them on something we really waned to do. After about 2 days they got over it. The trip up took about and hour and a half by “COG” train. Between the tracks there is a rail with cogs. Two big diesel engines pull the car up the grade. The train wheel and the rail cog look and operate much like a zipper. It would never work with a regular train wheel (tho’ that’s what the wheels are)...

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Aug 17, 2014 - Hiking at Rocky Mountain National Park

We had an ambitious agenda this morning—first visiting the Visitor Center here—actually they have four Visitor Centers but we went to the Beaver Meadows one—and then taking the shuttle to various short hikes. We completed most of our plans, including a hike around Bear Lake (very easy and level), a hike up to Alberta Falls (very strenuous up and down, although only a little over a mile). We also hiked to Nymph Lake (uphill all the way there). All of these hikes were at 9,500 feet or more, and so after lunch as we debated whether to take the...

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Aug 16, 2014 - At Dave and Kelly's

This morning Dave and Kelly fixed us a great breakfast of pancakes and bacon, and their daughters Nicki and Kayla joined us for breakfast. The girls are both in college, Nicki a sophomore at Colorado University and Kayla a senior at Colorado State in Fort Collins. Mary had never met these second cousins so it was really nice to get together with them. Dave has been working on the family tree, so he and Mary and Linda spent some time with him at his computer updating details about the Fochtman family. The work he has done on this is...

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Aug 15, 2014 - U.S. Air Force Academy

We left Manitou Springs this morning and headed for the U.S. Air Force Academy. This wasn’t on our original itinerary but we were hoping to fit it in. Mary’s cousin Dave had recommended it, and Jonathan and Mary’s good friend Matt went to school here. We parked at the Visitors Center and took the short nature trail walk to the Cadet Chapel. The chapel is very impressive, with different chapels for Catholic, Protestant, Buddhist and Jewish cadets. You can see in the photos how impressive it is, although the photos don’t do it justice. One of...

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Aug 13, 2014 - Pike's Peak

Today we are taking another train trip! This time up Pike’s Peak and with a 3rd railroad technology. Instead of a coal fired steam engine or a more modern diesel electric the Manitou and Pike’s Peak Railway use “cog” technology. When ideas to build a railway to the top of Pike’s Peak began in the 1800s it soon became clear a conventional railway, in order to have manageable grade would be much too long. In 1888, with financing from Zalmon Simmons (who invented the box spring mattress), a cog system invented by a Swiss engineer named Roman...

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Aug 13, 2014 - Manitou Springs, Colorado

We left Canon City and took an unplanned jaunt through a huge valley, traveling along X creek to Hartsell. We hadn’t originally planned to do this but we had some time and we wanted to see the Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument. Our first stop was the Visitors Center. The FFB has so far yielded over 50,000 museum specimens of fossils of insects and plants, including, would you believe, the oldest record of a tsetse fly, which of course now is only found in Africa. They have found a shrew skeleton, an unidentified shore bird, leaves,...

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Jun 14, 2014 - Day Trip: Manitou Springs, CO

It is another beautiful day in Colorado. We are staying at the Garden of the Gods RV Park. It is on the border of Colorado Springs and Manitou Springs. We decide to visit the Garden of the Gods. It turns out to be a drive through park in Manitou Springs. (Some people are hiking and climbing.) The rock formations are unique. They each have names. I recognize the Kissing Camels. Next, we head to Manitou Springs, an historic town lined with gift shops. We find a glass blowers shop that we really like. It is a short ride back to the RV Park....

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