Friday, September 23, 2016

Seven Falls, Colorado Springs

We took a short trip to the Seven Falls this morning.  This is a privately owned falls, owned by the neighboring Broadmore Hotel. 
We grabbed a shuttle to the beginning of the slot canyon where the Falls is located.  We then boarded a tram that took us directly to the Falls through a slot canyon.  The views were awesome and very hard to capture with a camera.

Once we arrived at the bottom of the Falls we had an option to climb the 288 steps to the top or to take the elevator.  I bet you can guess which one we took.

Once at the top we had beautiful views of the Falls and the canyon.

As we were waiting for the tram to take us back down the canyon we watched a couple of fish at the bottom of one of the pools.

There are a couple more pictures in the link below.

Seven Falls

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Garden of the Gods Park and Manitou Cliff Dwellings

Another beautiful day for doing a little sightseeing.  We started out by taking a drive through the Garden of the Gods Park.  There are lots of hiking trails, for those who can do that sort of thing.  It is also very dog friendly and dogs are allowed on the trails.  Lots of rock formations and of course a gift shop we just had to stop and check out.  One thing about living in an RV, there is no room for anything new unless you throw something out.  So....we usually save lots of money by not buying anything.  Here are a couple of pics of the area.

We then moved on to the Cliff Dwellings that were right down the road.  Very interesting and you could actually walk through the dwellings themselves.  Also very dog friendly as dogs were also allowed to walk through the dwellings.  Bud was all tuckered out when we got back home and is still napping.  Here are a couple of pictures of the dwellings inside and outside.

And that folks is all for today....hope everyone is having a great day.....

Here is a link to more pictures.  Enjoy....
Garden of the Gods and Manitou Cliff Dwellings

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Pikes Peak or Bust

Today we headed up the road to Pikes Peak, it is nineteen miles up to the top but I think most of it is straight up.  This picture was taken above the tree line and doesn't really show the twists and turns.  I didn't get any better pictures as I was hanging on. Most of the road had no guard rails, just straight down.

When we got to the top it was 34 degrees with a nasty wind blowing.....brrrr......  We were aware that we might have trouble at the top with shortness of breath.  I got lightheaded and had a little shortness of breath and Robin got nauseated.  Once we started going down we straightened out.
The is also a train that goes up to the top and would also be a great way to get to the top.
The views on the way up and the way down were spectacular!!!  The pictures we took don't even
begin to do the views justice.
The Aspens are changing to fall colors and dotted the hills and mountains with awesome colors.

This road trip was awesome and I added a link to a few more pictures.

Pikes Peak Photos

Friday, September 16, 2016

Heading to Minnesota and on to South Dakota

We are now heading across South Dakota on Interstate 90.
Of course you can't past Wall Drug without stopping.

Had a little lunch and wondered around looking at all the touristy stuff.

Moving along the next stop was Mitchell, SD and the Corn Palace.

All the murals on the outside are done in corn and changed out every year at the cost of $130,000.
I can say one thing Interstate 90 is BORING!!!!  I could have set cruise control and went back and took a nap.  A couple more uneventful overnights and we are in my home town of Mahnomen Minnesota.  We will set up at the campground behind the casino for the next eleven days.

Nice campground and except for Labor Day weekend we had it mostly to ourselves.
We spent the next days relaxing and visiting.  During this time we really had a chance to decompress for the first time since the hectic summer we had.

We spent quality time with my son, Richie and his wife, Judy. My brother Barry and Karen Berger.
One day I went out to the cemetery to visit Mom and Dad.  It was so peaceful out there.
Seeing the little country church I went to as I was growing up brought back lots of memories.
I was baptized, confirmed and married in that church.

Pretty soon it was time to move on. 
We are now in Sioux Falls, SD.  We have officially become South Dakota residents.
We are moving on tomorrow, heading south towards the Balloon Festival in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  We are taking our time....and making a stop in Colorado Springs for a few days and a stop at Raton, New Mexico area for a couple of days.

Yesterday it was pouring rain all day so we stayed in and did chores.  Today we finally got over to Falls Park and enjoyed......

Beautiful park, Sioux Falls is a nice friendly, dog friendly city.  Everywhere we went people were friendly and helpful when we needed it.  Our new "home".

We are getting used to living in a small space and don't seem to be having any issues.
Well maybe a couple....1) no matter want you want out of the cupboard or outside bin you will have to move something to get to it. 2) ......well maybe only one thing I can think of at the moment.


More later.......