08.11.17 Santa’s Village at the North Pole in Colorado Springs, Colorado

Friday, August 11, 2017 – On our way back down the mountain from seeing Pike’s Peak on Tuesday we saw that the North Pole was open and the sun was starting to come out.  We only had about an hour there before they closed but we went in and rode the rides we could while they were open.

These are the beautiful mountains that surround this special place.

More wacky mirrors  Looking down from the gondola

While our time was limited we walked way to the back of the park and climbed up what felt like a mountain to get to where the Santa Clause Zip Line ride was.  That was my favorite ride last time and this time.  You are carried in his sleigh backwards really high and then shot back down the zipline to the beginning.  The ride acts like it’s not going to stop but it goes past the stop point and does stop!!!

I found a YouTube video that shows most of this amazing park from the air.  Near the end they show the Santa Clause Zip Line in action.

This is really a wonderful place for children and adults like us.  Here is a link to our last visit here in 2015 if you’d like to see more about it.  That particular blog also shows the Cog Railway we rode to get to the top of Pike’s Peak.  Having gone up there both ways last time we knew we liked driving it better.

Santa’s Workshop at the North Pole

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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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07.30.17 Treasure Lake RV Resort, Perry State Park and Russell, Kansas

Sunday, July 30, 2017 – In Branson, Missouri we stayed at Treasure Lake RV Resort for 10 nights.  In Ozawkie, Kansas we stayed at Perry State Park for two nights.  In Russell, Kansas we are staying at Fossil Creek RV Park for three nights.

Treasure Lake RV Resort is the biggest RV park we’ve ever stayed in.  When we first began RVing we stayed here two days and just spend 10 days this year. They have 588 sites on 340 acres. They have indoor and outdoor swimming pools. The mini golf course, walking and biking trails are really well cared for. Here are some photos of the resort.

  

Perry State Park is a Kansas state park located in Jefferson County, near Ozawkie, Kansas, United States, 20 miles northeast of Topeka Kansas. The state park features camping, a beach, hiking and a fishing and boating area.  We only had 30 amp electricity.  Roy says we won’t go back there because of the flying bugs!  There were also dozens of seagulls and geese roaming and flying around!

On our way to Russell, Kansas we started seeing the very cool wind turbines all along the highway.

 

Fossil Creek RV Park is a very small older Passport America park in Russell, Kansas.   No real amenities other than a laundry room.  Barely anyone here most of our three days here.  It is very quiet here and we are conveniently located in Russell to the city.  One unique thing about this city is that in the residential areas in town the streets are made of bricks.  Very charming.

We hid several of my painted rocks around town at the Post Office, two city parks, and a few retail businesses.

Here’s the only photo I have of the RV park here.  We’re under some shade trees, get excellent television and internet and we have 50 amp electricity, water and sewage!  Its in the mid 70s here today so as far as good things those are very good for us!

We’re leaving Kansas tomorrow for one night in Sutton, Colorado and then two weeks in Monument, Colorado at Colorado Heights RV Park.

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07.26.17 Keeter Center, Downtown Branson, Missouri and they found some rocks!!!

Wednesday, July 26, 2017 – We pulled out of Treasure Lake RV Resort this morning and are headed to Perry State Park in Kansas for a couple of nights.  Our actual destination is Monument, Colorado which is a 13 hour drive.  We’re breaking that long drive up into three overnight stays along the way. This starts our big change in travel plans, a decision we made to get out of the extreme heat we’ve been in by heading straight to the Colorado mountains!!!
Last week we visited College of the Ozarks where you can find the Keeter Center. Its a massive facility that looks like a log cabin inside and out.
This is where we bought some homemade ice cream.  Here’s what they say about the College Creamery.  The process of making our special ice cream begins before the sun rises, when College of the Ozarks® students milk 60 Holstein, Jersey, and Guernsey cows at the W. Alton Jones Campus Dairy. Once the milk is collected, students pasteurize, bottle, and deliver it to The Keeter Center, where another group of hard-working students turn the farm-fresh cream into Nettie Marie’s Homemade Ice Cream, named to honor W. Alton Jones’ wife, Nettie Marie. Farming and the use of farm-raised products has always been a part of the College’s 110-year heritage that allows students to work, instead of paying for their education. Enjoy the fresh dairy ice cream made daily by our Hard Work U. students.
I had a blackberry cobbler cone of ice cream and Roy had Raspberry something.
The bakery sells delicious student made pastries!
 They have a gift shop featuring an array of handcrafted student-made products such as: stained glass, fruitcake and jellies, pottery, handwoven baskets, textiles, sausages, and milled grains.
There is a restaurant, Dobyns Dining Room, where students grow the food, cook the food and serve it in the restaurant. Here’s their description of Dining. Whether it’s a casual lunch, intimate dinner for two, or an elegant private dinner party for sixty, our culinary staff of students offer something for every taste! Your Branson dining experience will be enhanced by student entertainment Thursday through Saturday evenings, and Sunday during our award-winning Brunch, featuring a wide range of musical talent from our campus. For the sweet tooth anytime of the day, our bakery will satisfy any desire with pastries, cookies, and a variety of coffee and specialty drinks.

There is also a  Conference Center at Keeter Center.

And Mabee Lodge. Here’s their description of the Lodging. A night in the Mabee Lodge ensures sweet dreams. Fifteen elegantly appointed suites await you, with personalized service. Enjoy a night stay in our student-run Lodge, with award-winning accommodations. Whether you are looking for a relaxing romantic getaway or a family-friendly vacation.I n your room, you will find complimentary student-made amenities with personalized cold beverages. In the evenings our student staff will perform a turndown service that includes fresh milk from the W. Alton Jones Campus Dairy, homemade turn down cookies, fresh ground coffee, Pacific Sea bath salts, and Hard Work U. robes. The following morning you will be greeted by our wait staff with your ‘complimentary continental breakfast, delivered at the time of your choice. When checking into the lodge, all children thirteen years and younger will receive a Hard Work U. bracelet, allowing them to get complimentary ice cream from our Nettie Marie’s Creamery.

On Monday we strolled through what I think of as Downtown Branson.  We went to the post office to pick up some mail and put in the mail our granddaughters birthday present.  It was too hot to do much exploring but we did get to go through Dick’s 5 and 10 which is a unique place with gifts you won’t find anywhere else, one-of-a-kind collections spanning generations, toys from yesteryear, items for the home, games, hobby supplies, sewing, an aisle of the quirky and fun and so much more.   Here’s a link to their website in case you’re looking for something unusual or from the past, pretty sure they have it!

We also went through a cool store, Peter Engler Designs.  Hand carved items all around the store.

There was a lady there, Mary Bowman who carves these Santa ornaments and several other things right there in the store!

Roy found him a new buddy!  He costs $22,000 and took 5 years to carve!

I discovered Life Time Candles at this shop and fell in love.  Too expensive for me, but if I was rich I’d get one for everyone I know, they are that cool!

As we hopped from shop to shop trying to get out of the heat I hid about a bunch of rocks on benches and street light posts.

Before we got back home two of the rocks had been found and they posted the find on Facebook! Barbara said:  “Found in Branson Mo at Ripleys…rehiding tomorrow!!! 💖💖💖”

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I know this has been long but it’s one of those times that I don’t want to forget about where we’ve been so I write about it! We are within one hour of reaching Perry State Park. Yay!  Roy hurt his back this morning as we were getting ready to leave so please pray for him as he is our driver and a good guy!

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07.25.17 Change of travel plans

Tuesday, July 25, 2017 – As much as I like to plan our travels at least a month or two ahead so that we have a good idea of where we’re going, sometimes everything needs to be changed around.  This is one of those times!

We just spent 9 hot, hot days here in Branson with our air conditioners running over time and only getting the interior temperatures down to 83.  Being outside for just a short time is unbearable since the temperature is 98. Because of this we realized that doing Route 66 right now would be just too much heat for too long, not something we’d enjoy.

We’ve changed our travel plans so that Rouge 66 is traveled in much cooler months such as October and November!  Here’s our original travel plan. This path starts in Branson and went west along Route 66 out to Kingman, AZ and Las Vegas before heading up north towards Yellowstone.

Roy pointed out that they look almost the same but our new travel plan is almost backwards from the original.  We head west to Colorado and then north to Mount Rushmore, then Yellowstone and back down through Colorado to Route 66 (going in the opposite direction than the original plan) and on home.  I’m looking into something right now that would make the path from Boulder, Wyoming down to Route 66 change.  There are several national parks in Utah, Arizona and Colorado that we’d like to see so time permitting they will be added and the path will change!!

Of course this is not necessarily the exact path we will take.   It mostly was created based on the places we really want to see but where we stay to get to see those things may cause the route to change.  And if we learn of something we hadn’t thought about that we must see it will change with that!

We leave here Wednesday morning headed to Perry State Park in Ozawkie, Kansas for two nights, then to Russell, Kansas for three nights, Stratton, Colorado for one night.  These are all Passport America parks.  We’ll then go to Colorado Springs, Colorado for two weeks! We don’t usually do just one, two, three night stays but that’s what we needed to do so we could go from Treasure Lake (where we are now) which is a Coast to Coast park to the park in Colorado Springs, Colorado which is also a Coast to Coast park.

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07.23.17 Ralph Foster Museum at College of the Ozarks in Missouri

Sunday, July 23, 2017 – I wrote last week about our awesome visit to a most unusual college,  College of the Ozarks.  Here’s a link to that blog post if you missed it.  https://rosalynandroy.com/2017/07/19/23434/

The first place we stopped at was the Ralph Foster Museum.  Can’t really say I know a lot about Ralph Foster but the museum with his name was great!  His interest in The School of the Ozarks prompted him to turn this vast collection over to the School’s Museum. Because of his abiding interests and generosity, The School of the Ozarks Board of Trustees voted to rename the Museum the “Ralph Foster Museum” in the mid-1960’s.

The primary focus of the Ralph Foster Museum is to collect, preserve, interpret and exhibit items relating to the Ozarks region. One of the more famous exhibits is the original vehicle used in the television series “The Beverly Hillbillies.”

In addition, visitors will find antiques, weapons, dolls, natural history and other items from around the world. There are three very large floors of exhibits but I’m only going to share those that got our attention.  First was a lot of stuffed mountain animals.

Help He’s Getting Me!!

Polar Bear This is a real elephant ear that is painted on.  Roy says that’s what I should take up now instead of painting rocks!! Not LSU’s Mike the Tiger but a really cool guy! Time Recorder invented in 1888.  To record an employees starting and stopping time, they positioned a pivoted pointer arm around to their own number, and pressed it into a guide hole thereby printing the exact time next to their number onto a shehet of paper on the inside and ringing a bell with each punch. This time recorder does not have its pivoted pointer arm.

Doctors office from the past.  It looks like one from my younger days – oh my how old I am.

Miniature Circus

Popcorn Machine used at Jewell Theatre (Home of the Ozark Jubilee)

1911 International Tractor

1894 Steam Engine

1862 Gatling Gun

There was so much to see on all three floors.  What an amazing museum on this so cool college campus!

As we were leaving I hid these rocks outside of the museum  I’ve started adding a typed note to the bottom of each rock asking them to post a picture of it on RVing Rocks which is a Facebook Group.  The second one below was found and the finder posted a picture!  It is so neat to see how happy kids are when they find a rock!  This is the note I glue to the back.  I created notes in various sizes because there are big rocks and then there are much smaller rocks!  This picture is the back of the second photo above was which was hidden at Ralph Foster Museum.  Julie posted this pic and said: Found this rock at College of the Ozarks near Branson, MO. At first she posted a photo of her son holding it up with the front of the rock showing.  She must have decided not to post her sons photo so she switched it out with this one.

This one was found at Branson Hobby Center.  Melodi said on Facebook: My son Christopher Nivens found this rock at his dad’s work, Branson Hobby Center. We are new to the group and followed the instructions on the back of the rock.

This one was found at Dixie Stampede.  Susie said on Facebook:  My granddaughter was SO excited to find her first rock at Dixie Stampede! I had just introduced her to rocking this week! Thank you!

This one was found at:  Ashley said on Facebook:  Found this gem at the post office in Branson, Missouri yesterday and it looks like it has traveled all the way from Louisiana! I couldn’t think of a better place to rehome it than my local Post Office in Bixby, OK! 💗

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07.21.17 Dixie Stampede in Branson, Missouri

Friday, July 21, 2017 – Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede is called “The World’s Most Visited Dinner Attraction!”   And we got to see it yesterday evening!

At Dixie Stampede you can celebrate the American Spirit with inspiring world-class performances. We saw a powerful performance featuring many magnificent horses and a cast of top-notch trick riders in a 35,000 square foot arena. We loved the friendly North and South competition which I am proud to announce “The South WON”!!.  There were horse riding stunts at top speeds, spectacular special effects, phenomenal musical productions all while we enjoyed a mouth-watering four-course family feast!  Here’s a photo I found and a list of the huge amount of food that is served.

Four-Course Feast Includes:

  • A Mouth-Watering Tender Whole Rotisserie Chicken
  • Delicious Hickory Smoked Barbecued Pork Loin
  • Dixie Stampede’s Original Creamy Vegetable Soup
  • Scrumptious Homemade Biscuit
  • Hot Buttered Corn on the Cob
  • Tasty Herb-basted Potato
  • Dixie’s very own Specialty Dessert
  • Unlimited Pepsi®, tea or coffee

The food was delicious, the entertainment spectacular and Roy and I both enjoyed wearing our cowboy hats!

Here’s some photos we took before the show:

One of the many horses in the show.  They are kept in very nice stalls like this one along the walk way going inside. Rosalyn and the Colt of Many Colors!!!The act before the main show in the Carriage RoomEverything on the menu is eaten with your fingers – no utensils!  This shows the North side of the arena.  We were on the South side!

This was one of the waiters serving the whole rotisserie chickens!

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07.20.17 Moses at Sights & Sound Theater in Branson, Missouri

Thursday, July 20, 2017 – Tuesday night we enjoyed the musical production of “MOSES” at Sight & Sound Theater in Branson, MO.   We’ve seen two other Sight & Sound productions in years past and as always this was a high quality show! They tell spectacular Bible stories, brought to life on a panoramic stage. Sight & Sound takes theater to a whole new level. Every show is an epic experience with a meaningful message. Where edge-of-your-seat action meets heartfelt drama.

Sight & Sound’s unique theater experience begins with a 2,000 seat auditorium, a 300-ft stage that surrounds the audience on three sides, state-of-the-art technology and live animals. Each production is intricately created—from the finely-stitched costumes to the grand staging of massive sets. Meticulous attention is given to every detail as they magnificently come together to transport you right into the heart of the story.  The singing part of the play was so outstanding I don’t have a word for it!

This is their Mission Statement:

Our purpose is to present the Gospel of Jesus Christ and sow the Word of God into the lives of customers, guests and fellow workers by visualizing and dramatizing the scriptures, through inspirational productions, encouraging others and seeking always to be dedicated and wise stewards of our God-given talents and resources.

They do not allow photos or videos to be taken during the production so most of what I have below were grabbed from the internet.  If you ever have the opportunity to attend one of the spectacular productions, jump on it!!  It’s not cheap but when you leave at the end you are glad you paid what you did for the opportunity to be so blessed!

These are my photos:

My favorite scenes were Moses and the burning bush, the parting of the Red Sea and Passover.  Two times Moses’ Shepard staff turns into a snake while proving he was sent from God.  that was awesome!! These photos are from the internet~

This scene of God speaking to Moses at the burning bush was phenomenal! The scenery is so big and so real looking that when the voice of God spoke to Moses it felt like we were really there when it actually happened!   None of these photos show the scenery on the sides of the auditorium or the animals, soldiers, other actors using the aisles as part of the stage and flying in from the air!  You also don’t see the non-human actors includes cattle, sheep, goats, dogs, parrots, a rat, a skunk, camels, horses and donkeys.   Even though the story of Moses takes place in the Old Testament, Jesus does indeed make an appearance. It’s all amazing!

We just went to Dixie Stampede this evening so I’ll be sharing all that soon, along with what we saw at Ralph Foster’s Museum and the Keeter Center at College of the Ozarks! We will be here through next Wednesday so who knows what all we’ll get into before then!!

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