Thursday, October 9, 2014

Colorado Springs Has Plenty To Entertain

Our scheduling got moved up a couple days as we passed through Kansas. I had scheduled an RV Park in Colorado Springs for five nights from the 26th through the 30th, but we were getting there two days early on the 24th. Coming in from Kansas I scheduled us in The Garden of the Gods RV Park for those two days. This was a very nice park so Janet and I drove over to the park where we were scheduled the next day for five days to see what it looked like. As fate would have it, it looked awful. The current coaches were stacked in their spots much to close together. It was actually a fire hazard, so I called them and cancelled our reservations before we got into the 24 hour no cancellation zone with penalty. We ended up staying at the Garden of the Gods RV Park for the entire seven days. Nice Park!


 
Colorado Springs offers a lot of ideas for sightseeing. Our first day we went to the actual Garden of the Gods taking the eight mile loop to see the red rocks and gorgeous views. Also the visitor’s center. We took in a Thai Restaurant for dinner.

 


On Friday we took in a visit to the U.S. Air Force Academy. We hadn’t been here for 35 years, or so. There had been much more building in the interim with a space aged glass effect. The Academy was under some heavier security with the recent threats from the Islamic State. We ended up finding the field house and buying a couple 50 yard line tickets to the Air Force/Boise State football game the next night. I didn’t realize that the Air Force team was a double-digit underdog to Boise State. Anyway, it was the first time we had been to a live football game in years. Air Force was ahead 28-0 late into the 4th quarter before giving up a couple touchdowns. Air Force eventually won 28-14. There is nothing like being there in person.



We drove out south of Colorado Springs to look at the Cheyenne Mountain State Park. If we get back to this area in the next few years we will stay at the RV facilities in the park. Nice views from this park on the hill.


Eastern View
On Sunday afternoon we drove the 18 miles up Pike’s Peak. It was a beautiful day and we could see miles from the top of the peak at 14,110 feet above sea level. Plenty of pressure on our small Jeep getting up the steep asphalt road up the mountain but more pressure on the steep decline coming down. They had a brake check by a ranger on the way down. I had to take a timeout with my brakes holding a temperature of 500+ degrees. You got a pass at 300 degrees! And I didn’t think I was riding the brakes that much!

Temperature was 46 Degrees at the Top

Beautiful Color Change
 



The next day we drove 45 miles west of Colorado Springs to the old gold mining town of Cripple Creek. We had a nice breakfast at Maggie’s. The main street in the tourist town was in total repair mode. They were supposed to get the new surfaces down in the next couple weeks and it will be handsome again. Nice shops and visitor’s center.





This is a nice place to visit. Plenty to do around the area. It is 60 miles north to Denver. Weather the end of September was perfect.

Tomorrow is October 1st and we will be on our way 250 miles south to the great history and art galleries of Taos, New Mexico.

Regards to all,

Dave & Janet (a.k.a. “The BooniePeople”)


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