Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Friday, August 17, 2012
Monday, August 13, 2012
Saturday, August 11, 2012
Curtis and Brenda’s last day before we took them to the airport
also happened to be our favorite sightseeing day. . .
You didn’t think we could be in the State of Colorado
and not make it to see Mount Evans did’ya?
It was a great day. . .
There are 54 fourteeners in the State of Colorado. . .
Mt Evans is the closest one to Denver. . .
and beautiful Echo Lake. . .which is considered an alpine lake. . .so pretty.
We were at about 10,000 feet elevation here at the lake. . .
and did not do the final 4,000 feet to the summit. . .but one of the ladies
we talked to at the gift shop, said the wind was blowing
about 45 mph up there. . .fun!
I would have love to have gone up there. . .but, alas, the airport beckons. . .
so off we went to Denver. . .
Curtis said that on the Capitol Steps was a placard indicating one mile above sea level
Well. . .I gotta see that!
the State Capitol Building is under construction with this ugly wrapping around the top. . .
so I bought me a postcard. . .
and Dave took this shot with this kind of cool effect. . .
not sure how he did that. . .but I wanted you to see it. . .
There’s his brother at the right of the steps. . .
We thoroughly enjoyed our week with the fam. . .
Now it truly is time to head to the airport. . .
drop off Curtis and Brenda. . .and pick up our oldest grandaughter. . .
It’s her first solo flight. . .so stay tuned. . .
Friday, August 10, 2012
Ah. . .Friday. . .one of our less successful days of playing tourist while Curtis and Brenda were visiting. . .
Cripple Creek Colorado. . .
We brought our boys here in 1988. . .and loved it so much,
I just had to go back and see it again. . .or so I thought.
After driving about an hour or so from Colorado Springs to the original
this was the view of town with the Rockies in the background. . .beautiful, isn’t it?
and a pretty historical area. . .what you can’t see in this picture
is that every other storefront is now a casino. . .
so, if you are into gambling. . .you would probably enjoy a day in Cripple Creek. . .
We enjoyed the architecture and the setting of the town. . .
but it was so different than what we remembered. . .
we didn’t stay very long.
This is the Baptist Church, located about a block off Main St. . .
established in 1898. . .beautiful building.
The Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine still does tours. . .
This is one of the things we had done with the boys
all those years ago. . .so didn’t really feel the need to do it again. . .
but if you are interested in how things work. . .you would really like it. . .
and if you are 10 years old. . .like our boys were at the time. . .
you would, of course, love it. . .
If you are close to Cripple Creek, you should go and see it. . .
If you’ve been to Cripple Creek, we would love to hear your
thoughts about it. . .so leave us a comment. . .
Have a great day. . .and happy travels. . .
Thursday, August 9, 2012
Full Time RV Travel–Manitou Springs Colorado - Chapel at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs and the Focus on the Family Campus
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Old Fall River Road in Rocky Mountain National Park
Thursday, August 2, 2012
ugggghhhhhh. . .I’m BORED!
Now there’s a statement you won’t hear very often coming from me. . .
life’s just too short, and too precious not to make the most of every moment. . .
however. . .we are in a bit of a holding pattern here. . .so we wait!
Thankfully, we had company this past week which added a little excitement to the mix. . .
My awesome oldest brother (who’s still younger than me) talked my Dad into going on a road trip with him.
I’m still not sure how he accomplished that amazing feat. . .
but once he got Dad in that truck. . .there was NO backing out. . .
Dad was all aquiver by the time they made it to Colorado. . .he had seen so many amazing things! Since Louis’ mission was to deliver an air conditioning unit to an oil rig in North Dakota. . .
they stopped by St Louis and saw the Arch. . .
Dad kept asking when they were going to get to the “golden arches”. . .ummmm. . .wrong one Dad. . .LOL!
Since they were stopping by Mt Rushmore. . .
I talked Louis (by phone) into driving the Needles Highway. . .
Dad loved it. . .there’s nothing like that moment in time as you’re coming through that tunnel. . .
and the entire panorama of Mt Rushmore is there in all it’s glory. . .breath taking!
After finishing business in North Dakota, they made a quick. . .
and I mean a one day quick drive by pass through Yellowstone. . .
with a stop to see Old Faithful in action.
No matter how many times you see it happen on a video. . .
there’s nothing like the real life experience. . .
hearing the sounds. . .smelling the sulphur. . .feeling the spray. . .
Knowing they only had one full day with us here. . .
we wanted to cram in as much as possible. . .
so of course we needed them to see our original reason for being here. . .Estes Park!
So a quick drive up to East Portal Campground to view our old stomping grounds where we volunteered for ten weeks. . .
and to show my brother “the fix.” He’s the smartest man I know about stuff like that. . .
yep. . .we were right. . .can’t run 10 gauge wire 200 feet and expect to still have 30 amps.
Okay. . .now a “professional” has validated our decision. . .good to know!
A quick drive out the Peak to Peak Scenic byway to Lily Lake. . .
and a group pose with Long’s Peak in the background. . .
See the camera in Dad’s hand. . .he ‘bout wore it out. . .
Louis downloaded that memory card at least ten times. . .
digital cameras are the most awesome invention ever!!
On to Rocky Mountain National Park. . .Dad was worn out. . .
but he had a really, really great time. . .
and a perfect ending to the day. . .
a huge herd of elk on Bear Lake Road!
Thanks Bub for creating wonderful memories. . .you’re the best!
This Monday, Dave’s oldest brother Curtis and our beautiful
sister by law, Brenda, will be here. . .so next week should be hopping. . .yaaaa!