Saturday, June 30, 2012

The Dinosaur Museum and the Segway Track

The Dinosaur Museum in Canon City, CO is a great place to take an almost 8 year old boy! The museum is small but so is the entry fee of $4 for adults and $2 for kids. It was interesting to find out that there is a big archaeologic dig near by in Garden City Park

One of our busier Saturday night get to gathers at Mountain View RV Resort.

Owen had a choice to take the train ride to the Royal Gorge or ride a Segway. As you can see, he chose the Segway. He and Bruce had a blast on the Segway Track.
Owen receiving instruction on how to ride the Segway.

Owen and Bruce on the Segway Track.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Bishop's Castle, Again.

OK, Bishop's Castle is a fun place to take people so hear we are again. Always fun to watch how everyone reacts to it. Jim Bishop was working away - building onto what appears to be a moat. It will be interesting to see what it turns out to be. Stacy, Gary and Owen really enjoyed seeing the castle, just make sure to keep an eye on your little kids, it's not the safest place but very eccentric to say the least.
Gary and Owen on the Bridge to No Where

Some of the electric wiring...scary!

Love the stairwells
Jim Bishop hard at work

Me and Owen peeking through the window

Climbed one of the tower to ring the bell

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Breckenridge, CO - Wonderful way to spend a day!

We took a day trip to Breckenridge and we all fell in love with the place! After a wonderful lunch at Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. we took a stroll, did some shopping, some sight-seeing and ran into a building to avoid getting soaked (not complaining, they need the rain real bad!) The flower garden was beautiful! The city even provides free gondola rides up to the ski lodge. Fabulous day!!

Stacy, Owen and Gary at Bubba Gumps

Stacy and Owen, I see evidence of some shopping
One of the several beautiful views of Breckenridge

Free Gondola rides to the ski lodge. 

Saturday, June 23, 2012

White Water Festival and Royal Gorge Bridge - June 23 and 25, 2012

Yeah! Stacy, Gary and Owen are here for a visit! Let the fun begin :-) We went to the Royal Gorge White Water Festival that was in Canon City and enjoyed listening to a couple of local bands.
Owen, Stacy and Gary with us at the Royal Gorge White
Water Festival in Canon City, CO
 We really enjoyed the Royal Gorge Bridge Park! We thought that the $26 entry was a bit high until we got there. A lot to do that is included in the price and we ended up spending 5 hours there. Probably would have stayed even longer but it was so hot!
Owen and Kathy at the Royal Gorge

A rare White Buffalo calf at the Royal Gorge Bridge Zoo

Bruce and Owen at the Royal Gorge Bridge

Owen enjoying the Gorge

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Miramont Castle, Manitou Springs, CO

Miramont Castle
We drove up to see Tom and Mary Ann who had moved up to Manitou Springs for a week before moving on to the northwest. We loved driving through the area called "Old Colorado City" which is a historic district in Colorado Springs. It was an artsy looking area with cute outside cafes. It looks a lot like Manitou Springs just not as crowded. I want to come back here and spend a day just walking and seeing the sights. 
 I had read about the Miramont Castle online and wanted to see it. Lo and behold, an old friend is the manager there, small world! It was great seeing Donita again and the castle was interesting and has been restored beautifully. The Castle has a colorful history so it was great getting to see it. Tom and Mary Ann fixed us a wonderful spaghetti lunch and a relaxing time visiting with them before heading back to Canon City. 
As we were leaving Garden of the Gods RV Park I noticed what appeared to be smoke over Pike's Peak and as we drove down 115 the smoke became more obvious. After getting home we found out that there is a new wild fire at Lake George on 24 west of Colorado Springs. Praying for the firefighters and the people with homes and businesses in the area!
Looking north on 50 just west of Canon City at the smoke.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Wolf Kisses - Rocky Mountain Wildlife Foundation, Guffey, CO

Another early day of fun with Tom and Mary Ann! We rode up to Guffey, CO with them at 8:00 am, and those you you that know me know I don't do mornings :-)  We met a couple of interns, Mandy and Sandrine, from Rocky Mountain Wildlife Foundation at Rita's Cafe in Guffey, CO. They had a presentation about the history of the Foundation while we ate a wonderful breakfast. We then followed them a couple of miles to the sanctuary to meet the wolves and wolfdogs.
What a wonderful experience!! It is a wolf and wolfdog rescue sanctuary I highly recommend a visit if you are ever in the area. They require visits by appointment only and it is free admission (they gladly accept donations). You get up close to most of the wolves and wolfdogs, even getting licks from them and then they want a belly rub. It is very sad that several of these came from an abuse home but Mark Johnson rescued them and bringing them back to health, both phyically and mentally. It was also interesting to learn about "imprinting". Two of the four wolves that were in a litter were removed from their mother before they opened their eyes so that the first thing they would see would be a human. This makes them be able to interact with us without fear. The 2 that imprinted with their mother are very nervous around humans, not knowing how to respond. 
This is definitely something to put on your bucket list!
Kathy getting kisses from "Momma" an abused wolfdog
Bruce getting accepted by Momma
They love to be loved on.
A wolfdog with one blue and one amber eye
Lakota is a little standoffish but beautiful

Tom and Mary Ann with Lakota

Lakota letting me know I'm accepted by her
The black wolf was imprinted with her mom so she just watches

Chowing down on a 40 lb chunky of horse meat
I think this is Apache, but she loves her belly rubbed.

The 2 wonderful interns, Brandy (from New Jersey) and Sandrine (from France). 

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Florence, CO and Bishop's Castle

Fun, Fun day with our friends, Tom and Mary Ann! We started our day at 8:00 am with breakfast at Big Daddy's Diner in Canon City, CO. This is our 3rd time there to eat and great food and service! From there we drove to Florence, CO for the opening day of their Farmer's Market. We did buy some nice looking tomatoes and got to meet this beauties!
Apache   Cherokee

Rocky Mountain Wildlife Foundation  had brought a couple of their wolves, Apache and Cherokee, to demonstrate that they can be tame if they do not imprint with their mother. This occurs by them not seeing their mother the first thing upon opening their eyes. It was very interesting and they have a sanctuary in Guffey, CO that I hope we can go visit. These are pictures of them that I borrowed from their website.

We strolled through all the antique shops in Florence and went to the ACE Hardware just to use their restrooms. We all ended up buying a couple of outdoor rocking chairs that were so comfortable and collapsible for easy travel. They made us one heck of a deal. Guess that will teach that antique store to not let me use her bathroom. LOL.
Our next stop was lunch at Maverick's in Silver Cliff, CO. Food was just as good as the first time but the serve was not. That was too bad since our first time there we had such a personable waiter. They do have a very interesting hamburger bun that we never seen before - a Pretzel Bun. It is a good place to eat, just do not be in a hurry!
We then drove over to Bishop's Castle. A very scenic drive but don't rush on the road! There were 3 cows walking out in the road and it is a very curvy road! Bishop's Castle is very hard to describe and I highly recommend if you are ever in the area just go see if for yourself. The story that I was told was that this guy, Jim Bishop, decided to build with rock that had fallen along the sides of the roads but that once the State of Colorado found out he was taking rock from the right of ways he was told to stop. He didn't like this so the battle began. He has built a "Castle" of rock and it is impressive yet a bit scary too. The walkways are welded metal grates that are a bit shaky in some places. One of the railings was missing so a wooden ladder was strapped in it's place. There are beautiful stained glass windows and impressive sky lights. Jim Bishop was there working on a new project, not sure what it is but my guess is that it was a moat. Will be interesting to see what it ends up being.
Bishop's Castle
His Proclamation

Steep, skinny steps!
Beautiful windows!
Interesting architecture throughout the castle

After we got back to the RV park, we grilled some steaks, had salad and a potato salad (which was very good Mary Ann!). I think I'll have to fast tomorrow, we ate so much today!  A few games of Corn Hole to round out a great day.
Mary Ann beating Kathy at a game of Corn Hole.