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A busy day…or two?

When I edit pictures and create folders for selling images and writing my blogs I put a date on the folder and note what the images are so it will, at least in theory, make it easier to put things in the proper order.  I rely on the dates that come up when I hold the cursor over an image…sometimes I know it might be off (though the date and time on the camera are correct) because it will be an image of sunset but it will say it was taken at 2 in the afternoon for example.  The story I am going to be posting here of one of my last full days in Colorado but according to the dates/times on the images I visited The Garden of the Gods and did a tour, did a self tour when it ended including a stop at Balanced Rock, went to Seven Falls, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, the Will Rogers Shrine of the Sun and made a stop at a private residence to see some of a private sculpture garden.  I did all of these things while I was in Colorado Springs though I can’t for the life of me remember if I did it all in one day…doesn’t really seem possible to me.  But…here we go!  

I do remember the day started out with me searching for the private residence that had some unique sculptures at their home.  A lot was in the fenced portion of the property and you could not enter the property but they were not opposed to people visiting…at least that is what the rGPS app/comments were saying…and I was curious.  I did finally find the house and parking was a problem so I stayed in my car and kept driving around until I thought I saw all that would be possible.  On the way there I did have to stop to let a couple deer cross the road…

I tried to get to a website to post a link but there isn’t one though it is mentioned on the internet mostly as TripAdvisor reviews.  If you would like to google it…it is the Starr Kempf’s Kinetic Sculptures.

I believe I went to Seven Falls after this.  You have to park your car at a set place and take a shuttle to the Falls…it was a very hot day and I was in line for 45 minutes before I could grab a shuttle.  It is a short drive over there but waiting in lines for 45 minutes was so worth the wait.  If you are in the area you will have to go check it out! 

Note all the stairs!!  I can’t remember the exact number but it is a lot!  If you think you have the stamina you can climb to the top and stop to visit each of the falls as you climb up.  Me…I don’t have that in me! I went inside where it was 40+ degrees, took in all the stories of the falls and took an elevator up to the top!  I couldn’t of course stop at each of the falls but I could see and enjoy them all!  Are you brave enough to do all the steps?    

Assuming I did do all in this one day I am going to post next the Will Rogers Shrine to the Sun because this is above the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. Sorry…lots of images but the shrine is spectacular inside and out and the views are equally spectacular so how would I decide what wouldn’t be included?  It was nice of nature to put the clouds over the tower after I got back down below to create a little drama!  From here you can see Cheyenne Mountain, Colorado Springs, Fort Carson, etc… 

When I got back down below I had to make a serious decision about the zoo because dark clouds had been hanging around for a long time and I didn’t want to pay to enter the zoo only to have to run for hiding.  In the end I decided to go…and it did rain, quite hard for awhile.  It started while I was on the gondola…with lightening!  The gondola stopped for a bit and my camera and phone were getting wet.  When we finally got to the top employees were scurrying around to get us into a yurt that was at the top…the only place to stay dry and away from a direct lightening hit.  When the rain started letting up and the lightening stopped they gave us the option of staying put and taking the gondola down when they could reopen it or waiting for them to gather some carts to take people back down…or option 3…walk back down.  I opted to wait for the gondola to reopen.  It was a lovely day at the zoo! The #1 attraction here appears to be the giraffes!  I did not walk the entire zoo but they are what I could see just about everywhere I went.   

Off to the Garden of the Gods…natural landscape at its best without any interference from man to change anything…other than the parking lot and visitor center.  As soon as I went inside I knew I would be taking the tour…there was such a large area to see. 

I felt comfortable about where to go and what I wanted to see now that I had done the tour.  He told us about Balanced Rock which is a part of Garden of the Gods and I wanted to find that also. And I did….

Here are images from my self-tour including Balanced Rock

As the day was coming to an end…

I have one more day in Colorado Springs before I head back to Denver for the flight home…I visited one spot that day because I wanted to try to plan what I might be able to see in Denver before I had to turn in my rental and check in for my flight.  I chose to go visit Memorial Park in Manitou Springs.  I just walked around and spent a few hours enjoying the park. 

A quick stop on the way back to the hotel for dinner at Luigi’s…posting this because though the meal was real good I have no images of the meal…just the cool decor covering almost all available ceiling space in the restaurant…well, that is an exaggeration but you get it!  🙂 

One last photo before I end…these are gifts I bought my younger grandson and granddaughter…I sent a picture in a text to my daughter-in-law asking her to check with my grandson to see which he would want as first choice…he surprised me and went with the drink cup!  🙂

7 2016 All things Colorado Springs trip (568 of 756)

This ends the Colorado trip…when I woke the final day I had 10 hours to kill before my flight but I was perspiring just putting my stuff in the car…it was a 90+ degree day and I decided against the Denver Botanic Garden and Denver Zoo…I just brought my car back and hung out at the air-conditioned airport all day reading a book.  I think my seat mate appreciated me not going out and getting all sweaty! 

I am supposed to be posting the trip to Utah and Arizona I took in March 2017 and I started working on those photos during my week away from blogging…and lost a large number of the pictures.  The folders I put the pictures in are still there but the pictures themselves…I have no idea.  Guess we will all have to wait to see what gets posted next!  🙂

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Your true traveler finds boredom rather agreeable than painful. It is the symbol of his liberty-his excessive freedom. He accepts his boredom, when it comes, not merely philosophically, but almost with pleasure. – Aldous Huxley

beauty, nature photography, travel

Red Rock Canyon Open Space and…

This is my first full day in Colorado Springs and the Red Rock Canyon Open Space is the first item on my list because it is not too far away.  My first thought when I put this on my list was that it might have something to do with the Red Rocks Amphitheater but my first clue that I was wrong?  I was not going to Denver again to see it and…well, there was a sign that said Red Rock Canyon Open Space.  Still lovely but I think no one is staging major concerts here…though there is a lot of hiking going on here! And if you like to hike you probably wouldn’t care that it was 80+ degrees this day…the hikers in the picture below didn’t care!   

My next stop on this minimal 80+ degree day…Bear Creek Regional Park.  Hundreds of acres of park, more than 10 miles of trails…I wish I could be a hiker so see more that you might be able to see on a hike!  

Too much going on today…as in today, not blog world!!…I was excited that I was finally going to get a Covid-19 controlled hair appointment only to discover when I was almost there that she had fallen down her stairs.  I asked her if she needed me to take her to the hospital but she lucked out (really, is there any real luck here?)….her neighbor was home!  She went to the hospital but thought to call me first…really Tina!!!  So…7 hours later I find out she broke one ankle and sprained the other…OMG

 This was going to end this post anyway…I just can’t believe it is going to end on Tina’s broken and bruised ankles!  I will be back tomorrow with a tour…taking me into Denver again…to the Rocky Mountains, Echo Lake Lodge, the town of Georgetown, the Georgetown Loop Railroad, etc!  An awesome day on the road…please come back and enjoy the journey!  

I will be back tomorrow…heck, it is Saturday…who does anything on a Saturday?  🙂 

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 I always wonder why birds stay in the same place when they can fly anywhere on earth. Then I ask myself the same question. – Harun Yahya.


From Boston to Cleveland to Denver to Colorado Springs…

I was going to start this by complaining about my laptop and how frustrating today has been but you know what…I’m tired of listening to me so why put you through it…your not related…you’re not forced to listen to me.  

This trip was taken beginning on July 2016 so I don’t remember the specific reason I picked Colorado except I had never been here before and it seemed like a good idea.  I’m sure there was a commercial or something that got my attention.  I do remember that this is the reason I signed up for Hilton Honor rewards…though they claim to this day that they have no record of me staying there.  Interesting since they promised me 10,000 extra points for an incident that happened the second full day I was there…housekeeping went in to clean and left the door to my room open.  I was lucky that no one walked away with my computer and clothes!  I have not let housekeeping at any hotel in my room since…

This is the first trip I had taken on my own.  In the past my husband had taken care of all travel details and all I had to do was pack a bag and show up.  I am not a detail person but I was actually making lists and doing everything I thought needed doing for a trip.  I got up about 3 in the morning in order to get to the airport on time…I let my son drive me this time…all future trips I either got dropped off at Logan Express or drove myself there and parked in the garage there for the duration of the trip. 

Now for the sad news…after spending two plus days editing and organizing images in their labeled folders they are all gone…all the folders are empty but I found 795 pictures from the trip in no order at all…Red Rock Canyon Open Space, driving around Colorado City, visiting Seven Falls, the Garden of the Gods including a tour I paid for and touring on my own afterward, Balanced Rock at Garden of the Gods, the Will Rogers Shrine of the Sun, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, Rocky Mountains tour which included the town of Georgetown and the Georgetown Loop Train, lunch at Echo Lake Lodge & the hummingbirds and Bear Creek…hopefully in the order visited.  I still have the folders so hopefully I can figure out which image goes with which stop! 

When I go on a plane I like to take pictures of what is below me…I have paid extra to go in a helicopter to see an area from above…this saves a lot of money like getting to do two things for the price of one.  So on this and the next two trips you will see some aerial shots.  I can’t help myself!  And…do you ever look up at the sky to see what is going on with the clouds?  Well, looking down from above you not only get to look at the interesting patterns of the landscape but the clouds too! 

So…off we go! I left Logan fairly early heading for Cleveland and from there we were bound for Denver.  I got my rental car and headed from Denver down the highway to Colorado Springs.  I remember stopping at a turn out to check out a statue and it somehow reminded me of my brother but I couldn’t find the picture and I don’t remember what the statue was for or for whom…Hampton Inn Colorado Springs…I distinctly remember a Mattress Firm store across the parking lot…because I had never heard of Mattress Firm so it stuck in my head.  

 I got settled in, had some dinner and looked over my list of things I would like to try to see while here.  The reason I picked Colorado Springs to visit was because I did not want to be in downtown Denver…paying for parking at a city hotel adds a lot to the budget…and I thought my flight was landing in Colorado City, not Denver!  I was wrong but it was never a bad drive back and forth…I had to go there to meet up for a tour on my second full day and of course I had to go back to get my plane.  

For now, I am going to leave you enjoying these few pictures.  Tomorrow I will be heading over to Red Rock Canyon Open Space.  Be sure to come back.

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I have worn the dust of many foreign streets, but to brush it off would surely be a crime. I have the memories of many foreign adventures, but to forget them, would surely be a sin. So, breath in the dust, and keep the memories in. – Rowland Waring-Flood