Monthly Archives: August 2013

August 31, 2013 – Up and Over Wolf Pass and on to Durango

We headed out early this morning down the edge of the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and their highest peak, Sierra Blanca (14,345’) stopping briefly before heading west on US-160 to glance back at the Great Sand Dunes, … Continue reading

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August 30, 2013 – Colorado’s Great Sand Dunes and Zapata Falls

When I got up this morning, I walked outside to the sounds of silence to take some pictures of the sand dunes form our campground with the morning sunlight painting deep shadows on their western flanks. We drove up to … Continue reading

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August 29, 2013 – Drive from Colorado Springs to Mosca, Colorado

People have often asked us, what was the most memorable place we’ve visited over the past 3½ years.  It’s a difficult question as we’ve seen so many beautiful, spectacular and interesting places.  However, today’s drive through Bighorn Sheep Canyon was … Continue reading

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August 28, 2013 – Miramont Castle

With several options, we decided to return to Manitou Springs, once labeled the Sarasota Springs of the West with its clean air and numerous natural springs thought to be a source of healing waters which would cure many aliments and … Continue reading

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August 27, 2013 – Pikes Peak and Manitou Springs

Rising early, the summit of Pikes Peak from our campground was nothing short of stunning in the dawns early light. We carpooled to the base station depot for the Pikes Peak/Manitou Springs Cog Railroad, the longest and one of only … Continue reading

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August 26, 2013 – US Air Force Academy, Old Colorado City and Manitou Cliff Dwellings

Although we’d been to the Air Force Academy last fall, another trip proved well worth the time.  At the Visitor’s Center, they have an excellent movie on the lives of the Cadets through their four years and in their own … Continue reading

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August 25, 2013 – Broadmoor Hotel and Seven Falls

Our initial destination was the renowned Broadmoor Hotel. This 700-room resort (where nightly rates range from $260 to $8,000) dates from 1891, when it began as a small hotel and casino.  The current facility was built in 1918 by Spencer … Continue reading

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August 24, 2013 – Golden to Colorado Springs/Manitou Springs

Today was a travel day, leaving Golden for the Colorado Springs area.  There was not all that much to see along I-25, although we did get our first glimpse of 14,000+ foot Pike Peak, which we’ll summit (via the cog … Continue reading

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August 23, 2013 – Down Day

Today, we bailed out on going to Coors Brewery.  Debbie accompanied one of our friends who is traveling with us and who lives locally in Colorado to her eye doctor’s appointment and then back to see her now home in … Continue reading

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August 22, 2013 – Red Rocks Park, Saint Francis Xavier Cabrini Shrine and Buffalo Bill Museum

Our first destination was Red Rocks, a mountain park which is known for its very large sandstone outcroppings which were formed about 290-296 million years ago when the ancestral Rocky Mountains were eroded during the Pennsylvanian Epoch.  A subsequent uplift … Continue reading

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