08.10.17 Pike’s Peak in Colorado Springs, Colorado

Thursday, August 10, 2017 – At 14,110 feet elevation, Pike’s Peak is America’s Mountain.  It is a 19 mile highway up to the clouds where we explored Colorado’s most famous peak on Tuesday. Two years ago we were here and at the top there was deep snow all around.  This time there was very little snow anywhere on the mountain.  It did start hailing while we were at the top. The cost was $30 for the two of us to go up the mountain.

Neither one of us were affected by altitude sickness but I could tell there was a change in my breathing up there. I think some of  us not being sick is because our RV park is at 8,000 feet so going up to 14,000 from 8,000 feet wasn’t as big of an adjustment as going from 0 feet to 14,000 feet would have been.

These are a few pictures of our travels up the mountain.  It’s wonderfully cold at the top and after eating a couple of their World Famous Donuts the last time we visited we planned to have some this time also! This is the only place in the world where you can get donuts (and hot chocolate) at this altitude.

Some of the views from the top of the mountain.  There were too many clouds to get very good pictures this time.

Before we left it started hailing, pretty heavily so we headed down in pretty heavy clouds and hail.  This was the only accumulated snow we saw this time.

Most of the way down the clouds were gone and it was sunshiny again!

There were many more photos taken and shared the last time we were here so I thought I’d include a link to those two blog posts in case you want to see more and see what it looks like with snow everywhere!  There’s also a photo of me laying face down in the snow so if you’d like to see me looking foolish, check it out!!

Pike’s Peak visit in 2015 Part 1 

Pike’s Peak visit in 2015 Part 2

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08.08.16 The Colorado Springs Flea Market in Colorado Springs, Colorado

Tuesday, August 8, 2017  We are enjoying a good bit of down time here.  The last time we were here we went out every day to see one or two things.  This time our list of things to see is much smaller and that’s okay!

Saturday we went to the Colorado Springs Flea Market.  This was the biggest, well run flea markets I’ve ever seen.   They even have carts driven around to sell you food and beverages so you don’t have to stop shopping and find the food building!  

There is a fee just to enter the flea market of $2 per person which is a first for us.  You can also rent a grocery cart for $2. There was lots of children activities which meant that for only $2 you could bring your child there to play even if you weren’t going to shop.

Live Music and a shaded area to enjoy some of the food you could buy there.

This was one of the places you could get food and drinks.  There was also an ATM which got heavy use, even us!

We walked all around the grounds and bought a small fan/heater for $3, a couple of hair clips for my hair, a New Orleans Saints watch for Roy, a bag of fresh plums and the freaky looking fruit below.

 

This is the freaky looking fruit.  I’ve seen them at Walmart and always thought who would eat that?  I bought 3 just to try them.  You peel off the prickly covering and there is a grape like fruit inside.  Turned out to be very good!

It’s been raining a lot here in Colorado and the high was only 53 degrees.     We are planning to go to Santa’s Village on Tuesday since the shower possibility is fairly low.   We went there two years ago and us two old folks had lots of fun in what is suppose to be a kiddie land!

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08.07.17 Ghost Town Museum in Colorado Springs, Colorado

Monday, August 7, 2017 – Last Thursday we planned to go to two places.  One of them worked out and it was really cool!

Ghost Town Museum was created in 1954 from a desire to preserve Colorado’s Wild West era for generations to come. This ghost “town” is an indoor collection of the very structures that were left to decay around the Pikes Peak region, all looking much as they would have 100 years ago. An impressive array of everyday artifacts is displayed in each building.

Ghost Town Museum serves as a permanent example of Colorado’s Wild West towns. There are many hands-on activities for the young and old: Crank a butter churn. Operate an old-time arcade or nickelodeon. See a short film on the gold mining era. Pan for real gold in the seasonal panning areas!

Your thoughts when you read that this was an indoor museum were probably like Roy’s and mine.  How could this possibly be great or in anyway realistic, yet it was!  As soon as we walked into the huge room that is the ghost town you feel like you are outside and way back in the Wild West!

There are over 50 photos I chose out of around 200 that we took.  There was just so much cool stuff that I couldn’t bear to leave out many!

 

General Store

Washing Machine

Butter Churn Blacksmith

Newspaper Office

Look at this cute guy I found in one of the buggies!

The Jailhouse

 

Old time telephone

Apothecary (Pharmacy)

Barber Shop

Rooms for Rent

Wells Fargo Co.     

 

Pike’s Peak Saloon 

Oops, I got caught in the Saloon!!!

 

Old time arcades

Fire Department

Roy was trying to hitch a ride on this stage coach!

1903 Cadillac One Cylinder

They had two of these funny mirrors like we use to see at Pontchartrain Beach in New Orleans when we were growing up.   This one made my legs look so short in the mirror.  The other shows what Roy and I would look like if we were really thin! 


An Old West Home

A portion of the town seen from above

The gift shop was great!!

I was a happy lady getting to see all that!

When we arrived I hid two rocks. They were both still there when we came out but later someone found the chick/egg one and posted the find on Facebook!

The other thing we planned to see was the Pioneer Museum in the Old Courthouse in Old Colorado City.  We parked near where we thought it was and walked around for a long time trying to find it.  Roy finally figured we had something wrong and that the museum was two miles away.  Even thought we didn’t see what we planned to we enjoyed strolling through Old Colorado City and I of course left some rocks there.  One was found and they posted it on Facebook.  

Since we had not killed ourselves with exhaustion yet we went to Walmart to get groceries and left a few rocks outside the store.  Three rocks were found by this cute girl below! Her mom gave me the okay to post her photo.

This rock was left in Russell, Kansas while we were there last week and was just posted as found on Facebook!

It was hidden again and this young girl found it!

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08.02.17 Focus on the Family and Garden of the God’s – Colorado Springs, Colorado

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 – Two years ago we traveled for several months through the western states on a different travel path than we are going this year but we are again staying at Colorado Heights Resort in Monument, Colorado. After staying in non Coast to Coast parks for a week on our way to Monument it made us really appreciate Colorado Heights Resort which is a Coast to Coast park. The weather here is so perfect that we’ve slept every night with the windows open and most of the day the windows are open and the air conditioning is off. We are surrounded by mountains and I couldn’t be in a happier place! This was one of our first sightings of mountains and it even got better from there!

Colorado Heights Resort

There are a few things we saw the first time that we will be seeing again. We did not see Focus on the Family the first trip, but we did see Garden of the Gods. Today we went to both of those!

These were hidden at the Focus on the Family property.

If you do not know what Focus on the Family is, here’s a little summary: Focus on the Family has long been a global Christian ministry dedicated to helping families thrive. They provide help and resources for couples to build healthy marriages that reflect God’s design, and for parents to raise their children according to morals and values grounded in biblical principles.

They produce a half hour radio program, in the studio below, which began airing in 1977 and is now aired daily on 2000 radio stations in the US.

 

Focus on the Family welcomes visitors to the ministry’s Welcome Center in Colorado Springs. There, guests can become better acquainted with the ministry via a self-guided walking tour of that building, as well as have fun with their children in the Kid’s Korner play area and Whit’s End Soda Shoppe.

The Welcome Center has had more than three million guests walk through its doors since its opening in 1994, and is located next to the on-campus bookstore. Learning about the history of their ministry was very interesting but I have to admit the kids play areas was lots of fun! I especially loved their bookstore and bought a few things there!

An exterior view of the slide at Kids Korner.Downstairs in the Welcome Center, young visitors were having a great time newly expanded Kid’s Korner. One of the main attractions is A-Bend-A-Go, a three-story corkscrew slide that’s 76 feet long.

KYDS Radio is where a child can record his or her voice on an actual Adventures in Odyssey episode written just for KYDS Radio. They get to take home a complimentary CD ! They wouldn’t let me in. I think I was too tall! Couldn’t be my age!!

From there we went to Garden of the Gods’ to see that amazing and natural creation of the one and only God. Last time we were in Colorado I wrote about our visit to Garden of the God’s. The rmountainous rocks are still the same rocks they were then so here’s a link to that visit. 2015 visit to Garden of the Gods The first part of that blog post was our visit that year to the Olympic Training Center. If you don’t want to see that just scroll down to the Garden of the God’s info and pictures!

A couple of things were different this time. They have a new place there called the Trading Post. It is a super gigantic gift shop that was lots of fun to stroll through.

The other thing that was different was that the last time we went through the park one time. This time it wound up being three times around. Their sights for which way to when coming to a fork in the road. A clear sign that said “Exit” would have been quite helpful. It started storming somewhere near the end of our first time around and we couldn’t even see the signs so around we went again. Then near the end of the second time around the skies cleared up and when we came to another Y in the road I told Roy to go one way which turned out to be the way to go around the park again! Finally Roy decided not to listen to me and turned a different way than I thought he should and guess what We Got Out!!! It felt more like we’d been around four times but three is bad enough to admit to!!

This rock below was left by me outside the Trading Post.

When it was found the finder posted a picture of it on Facebook!

That particular saying was funny and people liked it. so I’m gong to make another with that same saying on it! I absolutely love painting and hiding these rocks. My hands are usually covered in paint, mod podge and glue and it takes time to do this. The positive comments I’ve gotten and the happiness that children are getting from finding them makes it all worthwhile. Mom’s have shared with me how much finding one meant for their child and one lady shared with me how stressed she had been and that the saying on the rock lifted her spirits. God absolutely uses a simple thing like a painted rock to speak to someone in need.

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