We left Las Vegas, Nevada for a full-time adventure in our motorhome in June 2013. That first year we discovered the northwest. 2014 saw us go from Arizona to Key West, Florida. Then up the east coast to Knoxville and back west through Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona. Our 2015 excursion, which started March 16th, will take us up to Washington and across the upper U.S. to the northeast for the fall seasonal change. Follow us!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
is October 1st and we will be on our way 250 miles south to the
great history and art galleries of Taos, New Mexico.