04.09.20 Let’s gather at Pikes Peak for a virtual vacation with the Chauvins!

Roy and I loved Colorado so much that we spent a month there in 2015 and two weeks in 2017. I’ll be sharing what all we saw and enjoyed doing in Colorado next time but this time it’s all Pike’s Peak!!

This beautiful mountain quickly became one of our most remembered adventures. During our life in our motorhome living on the road, everything was an adventure for these old folks and we loved it!

The elevation at the peak of the mountain is 14,110 feet. That is the very highest elevation we’ve ever gone to. I was a bit worried about altitude sickness but we followed the guidelines for ascending to that elevation and we did well! Us little Louisiana folks from the flatlands were deeply moved by the mountains, clouds, snow, boulders and pine trees that we saw on our 19 miles drive up to Pike’s Peak.


On our way up we began seeing patches of snow and this is when I began squealing with glee!

More and more snow as we got further up. Seeing the winding roads as we looked over the edge was awesome!

Yes they put the roads right on the edge. Makes for

This is the official Pike’s Peak picture op location! People were so kind to each other offering to take each couple’s photos there. We took the photos for the new folks behind us. I was just thinking that this was 7 years ago, we were just babies!

This is the official Pike’s Peak picture op location! I was just thinking that this was 7 years ago, we were just babies!

When we reached the Summit of Pike’s Peak we were well above the clouds which you can see in the pictures below. We are also above many of the surrounding mountains with snow on top. Going from looking up at mountains to being above the mountains looking down is such a change in perspectives, it’s exhilarating!

At the Summit, we also ventured out at a different spot, as close to the edge as we could like two crazy old folks. This involved walking through snow and rocks (large and small) to get there. The views were amazing even with clouds covering some of the area. We were the only folks there for much of the time which was nice. The young folks we did see were just be-bopping along over the rocks and through the snow

It might be the light air up there but I was fearless up there and even wound up face down in the snow at one point!


Roy carved our last name, C H A U V I N, into the lower portion of the snow on the side of the road! Enlarge the photo and you can see it better!

This was sweetest beautiful area tucked in on the side of the road going down the mountain. If it wasn’t for the freezing cold it would have been a lovely place for a picnic!

The air became full of fog and moisture on the way down. It was hard to see but we made it! Near the bottom, there is a pullover site where they check the temperature of your breaks so you know if you should pull over and let them cool down for a while.

Since Roy drove up and down the mountain the day before, he really didn’t get to see all the amazing sights so one day after the first visit we took the Pike’s Peak COG Railway. No driving for Roy and clear skies this trip! We saw very different things on the train ride. It was fun though and less stressful than worrying about our brakes burning up going up and down the mountain.  

Isn’t that an amazing site, the railway track right next to the edge next to the clouds!

In September 2017 we went back to Colorado and got to experience Pike’s Peak at a different time of year. This time there was no snow on the way up and when we reached the Peak. I recommend going in June like we did in 2015. Mountains are always beautiful but once you’ve experienced being at the Peak with snow all around that’s the best there is!

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, over 14,000 feet.  I went a bit nuts and bought 4 of them for $20, gulp, yes gulp! It is still awe-inspiring to look down on the clouds from Pike’s Peak!

Feeling like we were on top of the world was a mighty powerful experience. We were bubbly happy getting to experience that! I hope you will make a point of visiting Pike’s Peak to see in person what all we loved about this unusual part of America! 

Be still my heart, I love God’s mountains!


The original Pike’s Peak blog posts

Part One Pike’s Peak 2015

Part Two Pike’s Peak 2015

Pike’s Peak 2017


08.21.17 Mount Rushmore in Keystone, South Dakota

Monday, August 21, 2017 – Last Friday, Roy and I went to see the famous Mount Rushmore, in Keystone, South Dakota.

My poor husband has so much to put up with, being married to me. My thoughts of how it would be like to see Mount Rushmore in person did nothing to prepare me for seeing it from a couple of miles away while we were on our way there. When I saw it I screamed (in the car) and poor Roy almost had a heart attack while he was driving! I started clicking pictures and after taking more than 100 photos of Mount Rushmore from every angle I finally calmed down!!!

Mount Rushmore National Memorial is a massive sculpture carved into Mount Rushmore in the Black Hills region of South Dakota. Completed in 1941 under the direction of Gutzon Borglum and his son Lincoln, the sculpture’s roughly 60-ft.-high granite faces depict U.S. presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln.

The first thing you see is the Avenue of Flags The 56 flags represent the 50 states, one district, three territories, and two commonwealths of the United States of America. We found our Louisiana flag as we were leaving.

Even though I did some research before we went, I imagined Mount Rushmore to be a place you went to sit or stand in one place and just look at. Yes it was that but it is so much more than that. Presidential Trail is the walkway that brings you to areas closer to the monument where you see it from different angles. This was a nice shaded trail around Mt Rushmore and they have plenty of benches to sit down and rest. It was not an easy hike for me since there are 422 stairs going up and down included in the .6 mile walk. I loved every step we took however, because of what we saw. When we were finished we treated ourselves to ice cream cones and sat outside watching baby squirrels play.

Here’s some photos in the order in which they were taken. Come along with us as we walk and climb around Mount Rushmore. It is free to see Mount Rushmore but you pay for parking. It’s normally $5 a person but since we are old it was only $5 for both of us! Over 3 million tourist visit Mount Rushmore each year!

We enjoyed getting to show Mount Rushmore to Chip and Madisyn on Facebook Messenger.  We love getting to share with our family when we see something cool! This one is a panoramic photo of the area you can stand or sit all day and look at Mount Rushmore! This is where the President’s Trail begins. Its a combination of cement walkways and wooden stairs drawing you closer and closer to the monuments.

I called this the looking up their nostrils angle! Inside a building, at the end of the trail, was a mini replica of Mount Rushmore. It can be seen at the same time as looking through the window at the real Mount Rushmore!

The place we rested and enjoyed some ice cream at the end of the trail!

Here’s some information about Mount Rushmore that I obtained from the internet.

•90% of the heads were carved with dynamite.
•There were nearly 400 workers who helped create this memorial.
•Total cost of memorial was $989, 992.32.
•No one died during the carving of the memorial.
•Rate of erosion of heads: 1 inch every 10,000 years.
•Mount Rushmore is 5,725 feet tall.
•Mount Rushmore was named in 1885 for New York lawyer Charles E. Rushmore.

I truly didn’t think we’d ever come back to South Dakota. Since we are here now, I have to say I really like a lot of what we’ve seen in this our official state of residency. If you don’t know about an RVers state of residency, I’ll explain.

When you live in a motor home you actually live all over the country so you can choose whatever state you want as your state of residency. We chose South Dakota almost five years ago mostly because auto insurance in South Dakota is half of what it was in Louisiana. When we are buying coverage for our truck and a large motor home, that is a significant savings.

When we became residents of South Dakota we stayed one night in Sioux Falls, South Dakota which is at the opposite end of the state, around 350 miles east of Mount Rushmore. When we originally became South Dakota residents we were on our way to Minnesota to live for several months so we only got to see South Dakota for one day that time! We set up an account with a mail forwarding service,MyDakotaAddress.com in Madison, SD where all our mail now goes to. When we want our mail we call them and give them the address of the RV park we are staying in and a few days later it shows up. Our drivers license, voting, mail and auto insurance are all South Dakota. There is also no state income tax in South Dakota!!! We voted during the Presidential election via mail with South Dakota. All of this makes living on the road a little bit easier to coordinate.

Saturday we went to Sturgis, SD, the city that around 500,000 motorcycle riders call home for over a week each year. This year the annual event was a week before we got here. Sunday we went to Wall, SD to see the famous Wall Drug. This was another place I had not thought in any way would be like it is!

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08.19.17 Rocky Mountain National Park in Northern Colorado

Saturday, August 19, 2017 – We had not planned to go to the Rocky Mountains until our friend Teddy Forrest mentioned what a great drive the Old Fall River Road was.  That started me trying to find a place around Rocky Mountain National Park for us to stay for a few days.  That search went no where, so we decided that when we left Colorado Heights RV Resort on Tuesday, the 15th, we’d find the nearest Walmart to the Rocky Mountain.  We found one in Longmont, Colorado, went there,  unhitched our truck, went to see the Rockies and spent the night at Walmart.  That worked so perfectly.  The temperature at night was in the 50s and we both slept very well after a day of exploring the Rockies.  I’d never heard of Old Fall River Road so I looked up some information and here is a little bit of it before we go to showing photos!!

Opened in 1920, Old Fall River Road earned the distinction of being the first auto route in Rocky Mountain National Park offering access to the park’s high country.

Primarily gravel, one-way uphill and punctuated by switchbacks, slower-paced, 11-mile-long. The posted speed limit is 15 miles per hour, a clear indication that a journey up Old Fall River Road is not for the impatient. There are no guard rails along this road. Old Fall River Road is ideal for visitors seeking to become intimate with nature.

The graphic on the left shows some of the aspects of this road that make it very unique, definitely not for someone like our Dora to try to climb.  Boots had some rough times but the Explorers (that’s us, Roy and Rosalyn) enjoyed every unusual moment of the drive!!  In case you’re new to our blog, Dora is our motor home and Boots is our truck we tow behind Dora.

This is where the dirt road of Old Falls River Road began.We got really intimate with nature at our first stop.  We heard water falling as we were driving up and so we stopped.  We climbed all around along the creek where the water was falling, it sounded so pretty.  I don’t climb or even walk very well which Roy thinks is funny so he takes pictures of me like this one! 

These next photos are of the beauty we got to see going up the Old Falls River Road.  Yes, it does feel like you’re going to drive out into the clouds! When you reach the top, you are at 11,796 feet above sea level.  The Alpine Visitor Center and the Trail Ridge Gift Shop await you at the top.  We enjoyed coffee and hot chocolate with whipped cream while enjoying the warmth of being indoors! From there you go down on Trail Ridge Road which is a paved road, much less “natural” than Old Fall River Road.

Panoramic shot of the views from the top.

This is the ride down on Trail Ridge Road in the rain.  We were in and above the clouds as the drive went on!

Crazy people that we are, we went grocery shopping after spending a day going up and down the Rocky Mountains.  We were quite a sight being deliriously tired, trying to stay standing up and awake while deciding what we needed to buy.  Mostly junk food came home with us! When we went to check out we realized that we mostly bought junk food, cookies, chips, etc. Being in Colorado (where marijuana is legal) I thought they must think we’re doing a marijuana hunger shopping.  It was the biggest Walmart I’ve ever been in and am sorry we couldn’t stand up any longer than in the grocery section to check the rest of it out. I barely got the groceries mostly put away before climbing in bed at 6:30 and woke up this morning at 10:30 am.

Thank you very much Teddy Forrest for sharing this little tidbit of your time in the Rockies with us.  It is such a totally different experience than going up Pike’s Peak was and I’m so thankful we got to do both of them this time!

When we left there we went to the coolest RV Park for just a one night stay.  Terry Bison RV Park in Cheyenne, Wyoming would be a great place to stay for a week or more but we only had one night there.  Exhaustion from Tuesday’s Rocky Mountain trip carried over to the one night in Wyoming so we did none of the things they have there. They have a restaurant that serves lunch and dinner. Another one that serves breakfast, a child’s play land that is bigger and better than any we’ve seen. A wonderful gift shop, train rides to see the bison, horseback riding and so much more. And they have a bunch of camels!!! They accept Passport America so the nightly charge is very reasonable. We will definitely stay here again and longer next time!

I am writing this on Friday, the day we went to experience Mount Rushmore.  Believe me I do realize how blessed we are are that we can see the Rocky Mountains and Mount Rushmore in the same week.  What a week this was!

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08.14.17 Magic Town in Old Colorado City, Colorado

Monday, August 14, 2017 – Saturday, Roy and I went to check out Magic Town in Old Colorado City  We didn’t know about it so I looked into it and was quite intrigued and am so happy we got to experience it!

Magic Town is located in the Old Colorado City historic district in Colorado Springs, Colorado.  It is a 3,000 square/foot, 1/6 scale miniature city, complete with dozens of different buildings, hundreds of characters, and interesting elements – like holograms, rooms that transform right before your eyes, and much more. It took him over a million dollars and parts of four decades to pull it from his mind and get the thing built.

When we walked in, it seemed like it was just a gallery where you could purchase any of dozens of three-dimensional sculptures of the people who shape America.  Michael Garman’s work is exceptional but his work is well out of our spending limit.  We learned that what we were seeing in this big gallery was not the thing we came for.

Magic Town is accessed through a door from the gallery.  We paid the $3 admission and were asked if we’d like to do a savenger hunt and have a bag of popcorn.  We said yes!   When we walked into the Magic Town we were instantly transported into miniature downtown streets, businesses and alleys.

We spent about 1 hour looking at all the amazing details in each building and each window and we could have stayed longer. The various scenes throughout the town, the different people, the holograms, the back alley shenanigans….. It’s a lot to take in with only a short visit. If you ever visit Magic Town, take the time to look at everything…. It’s worth it! If they don’t ask you if you want to do the scavenger hunt, ask them if you can do it. You will feel even more connected with the town and you may feel like you’re actually walking through the town. It’s that much fun!!!!

I took so many photos but I picked out a few that represent the magical town that Michael Garman created!

We were given a piece of paper with four things to look for on it as part of the scavenger hunt.  Here is Roy looking into one of the windows to find an answer! 

This four minute video from their website shows more than any of my photos could.

Here’s their information:  The Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, 2418 W. Colorado Ave. Colorado Springs, CO 80904, (719) 471-9391

Sunday evening we were able to spend some time with a friend of mine from our days at JFK Senior High School in New Orleans.  Imagine that, we’re both in the same park in Colorado at the same time!  We enjoyed the time we got to visit with Sue and Lou!  When we came home another couple we met last year at Gettysburg RV Park, that are in Colorado Heights RV Resort with us now, came over for Roy to work on their computer.  They have the most beautiful colored motor home so they will be very easy for us to spot when we arrive at a Resort.  This picture doesn’t even start to show how beautiful it is! I’m hoping we’ll see Sue, Lou, Bob and Diana again in the future!

Today, Monday is our last day in this part of Colorado.  We leave Tuesday morning to explore Rocky Mountain National Park and spend the night in one of our favorite places, WalMart!!  From there we head north to take in everything we can around Mount Rushmore in South Dakota!

08.13.17 Manitou Cliff Dwellings in Manitou, Colorado

Sunday, August 13, 2017 – On Friday we headed out to see the Manitou Cliff Dwellings and then to go to Magic Town in Old Colorado City.  Someone had the bright idea of having a bike riding contest right in the middle of Old Colorado City.  We couldn’t even get close to Magic Town in Old Colorado City so after seeing the Manitou Cliff Dwellings we headed home.

The history behind how this all came together is very interesting.  The Manitou Cliff Dwellings are comprised of Anasazi ruins that date back 800 to 1000 years.

The 40 room site was originally located in McElmo Canyon, which is in the southwest corner of Colorado. The process of relocating these cliff dwellings began in 1904 and was completed in 1907.  The ruins from McElmo Canyon were collected, packaged, and moved by oxen to Dolores, Colorado. There, they were loaded and shipped by railroad to Colorado Springs, and finally brought to Cliff Canyon by horse and wagon. The workmen then faithfully reassembled the dwellings in dimension and appearance to those in the four corners region.  They used a concrete mortar in 1907 as opposed to the adobe mud/clay mortar the Anasazi used. This allows individuals to walk inside and tour through the dwellings.

Besides the Cliff Dwellings, Pueblo Museum, Cave Museum and Gift Shop, there is a Snack Bar and Picnic Patio.

The entrance to Manitou Cliff Dwellings


You can see some of the buildings after going through the entrance.  It’s all so well done that it looks and feels like it has all always been right here.

We found a parking spot very close to the Cliff Dwellings

Look at the beautiful mountains as seen from the Cliff Dwellings

A few of the photos we took while inside the dwellings.  

Looking down from the second level of the dwellings

This is one of the entrances to the Museums

This is the Pueblo Museum

The bread baking oven used long ago


One of those cute little characters that tells us goodby and reminds us to buckle up!

We really enjoyed the exploring the Cliff Dwellings, the Museums and especially the Gift Shop!  Saturday we went to Old Colorado Springs to see Magic Town which turned out to be a REALLY fun place to visit!

I’m writing this on Sunday.  I got up early to work and Roy got up early to go flying his remote control plane at Pike’s Peak R/C Flying. He’s going to write about the fun he had there in a separate blog post.

When it came near time for Trinity to broadcast the sermon I got my computer set up to watch and listen.  When it never came on I finally realized we are in Mountain Time so our 10:30 is their 11:30 and church was over……………….. grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.

We hid several painted rocks at Manitou Cliff Dwellings and one was found and posted on Facebook!

I’ll share our visit to Magic Town next!

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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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06.15.15 – Part Two – The Chauvin’s take on Pike’s Peak!

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Two of Roy’s panoramic pictures are above. Click on the panoramic pictures (and any other picture) to see them full size.  Then just click the back button to come back to the blog.

At the Summit, we also ventured out at a different spot, as close to the edge as we could like two crazy old folks.  This involved walking through snow and rocks (large and small) to get there.  The views were amazing even with clouds covering some of the area.  We were the only folks there for much of the time which was nice.  The young folks we did see were just be-bopping along over the rocks and through the snow.  Boots was parked near us and is in one of the pictures.  That boy sure gets around!

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20150615_132140 20150615_133427 20150615_13350320150615_133655Now for our ride down the mountain. There are stops along the way up and down to visit gift shops, use the restrooms, see specific beautiful views and opportunities for exploring the areas through hiking.  We took advantage of all that (except hiking!) which made the whole experience even better!  The driving was quite different from every day driving, as on the way down Roy stayed in 1st gear most of the time and on the way up he went from 2nd to 1st a lot and used quite a bit of gas.

Roy left our mark in the snow. Look closely it says CHAUVIN at the bottom of the snow!

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The ride down was totally different than the ride up.  It became very dark and cloudy as we were getting ready to leave the Summit.  Being in the clouds as they turn dark is quite eerie and kind of interesting to see. On the way down it began lightening and raining and then came the hail.  We pulled off to the side in a camping area where hail quickly gathered on the ground and on our windshield.  It let up after a while and we continued on our way down going through a lot of fog (maybe clouds).  A sign warned us of loose gravel on the road and there was quite a lot of it as we got closer to the end of the road.  Roy is an amazingly focused driver and I was very thankful for that yesterday.

We are planning to go back up Pike’s Peak on Friday on the COG Railway so Roy will be relieved of driving duty and we’ll see the mountain from a different view.  Can’t wait till then!

I’ve just finished going through almost 400 photos and selecting 100+ of them to share with you over two blog posts. Roy learned how to take panoramic pictures with our cameras so I’ll be including more of those as we go along. I know the amount of pictures are too much, but I don’t want to leave anything out!

It’s 7:30 pm here and after this long day, going through the photos and writing this I’m heading to bed to recover before tomorrow’s adventures.  I’ll post the blog and pictures tomorrow, Tuesday,when I’ve recovered a bit!!

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06.15.15 The Chauvin’s take on Pike’s Peak!!

10448807_10152579783948945_2726474839096275761_nMonday, June 15, 2015 –  Today Roy and I took on something I wasn’t sure we’d be able to complete.  We drive in Boots (our truck) up the 19 mile journey to the top of Pike’s Peak which is at an elevation of 14,110 feet.  I knew, of course, we could do it in our car (absolutely not hiking) but I was very concerned about altitude sickness and we did great with that, not a problem!

I don’t have a vocabulary big enough to describe all we saw and the beauty of it.  When God created the Earth I’m pretty sure He thought something like “Maybe I’ll create a little Heaven here on Earth and put it in Colorado!!”

Because of the abundance of pictures I’ll separate this into two blog posts.  Please remember that I post a lot more pictures than you may want to see but I do it for us for our memories.  We are saving a lot of these on our computer in a separate folder for screen savers.  Feel free to save any you’d like to do the same thing with.

To say we were two happy old folks ALL DAY isn’t saying enough about how much we loved this! Around every corner was another breathtaking view.  Us little Louisiana folks from the flat lands were deeply moved by the mountains, clouds, snow, boulders, and pine trees. The pictures directly below are from our drive up the mountain.  Yes the first one is a sign saying Pikes Peak Highway AND North Pole.  There is a North Pole here with lots of Christmas rides and shops.  We stopped there on our way home and found out it is free for folks 60 and over.  That’s us so we’ll be visiting there one day soon.  It is $12 per person to enter the Pike’s Peak Highway.

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