Monthly Archives: October 2016

October 3, Monday

We were trying to decide what we were going to do before turning this rig south and east! We went to Royal Gorge in Canon City. This area was caught in a forest fire in 2013 and lost everything except for the bridge. Only a few boards burned and had to be replaced on the bridge, but everything else burned. They have already rebuilt the visitors center and gift shop; added a zip-line; rebuilt the gondola; added a bungee type jump; rebuilt the theatre; and rebuilt the carousel. All the attractions were closed due to high winds. The only thing open was the bridge! It is 953′ above the Arkansas River. 


Since all the rides were closed, (lol) we decided to take in The Seven Falls in Colorado Springs. 


The hike up was .8 of a mile up a gentle incline. Once at the top you may climb 220 steps up to the top of the falls. We opted to just climb 110. A gentleman told us the view was better half way up than from the very top. We believed him and enjoyed our view before heading back. 

On the trail back we enjoyed the wild flowers and wildlife along the way. 

Saturday, October 1 & 2

Saturday we left Woodland Park and moved to Garden of the Gods Campground. It is a very nice park, but the campsites are fairly close. This put us in better proximity to visiting Pikes Peak, the Royal Gorge, and Garden of the Gods. We made a trip to the grocery and then relaxed for the remaining part of the day. Enjoyed BBQ chicken and ribs cooked by Ole Henry, a food truck of sorts affiliated with the campground. 


SUNDAY

We enjoyed pancakes in the campground pavilion on Sunday morning. The cash register was on the honor system, just setting on a table was a cash box with a sign that said – make your own change! Love campers!! 

We rode the Cog Railway to the top of Pikes Peak and saw the beautiful aspens as the fall peak season is just winding up. The aspens and cottonwoods are so yellow!! The view from the top reminded me of looking out from an airplane. It was very rocky, lots of granite, and we even experienced a little snow/sleet on top. 

We had supper to celebrate Connie’s birthday in Colorado Springs at Edelweiss Restaurant. With Irv and Connie’s help we enjoyed a wonderful German meal!