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North America » United States » Colorado November 26th 2022

Today was another highlight of our trip - the Durango/Silverton Narrow Gauge Railway. What a fantastic experience! Pictures do not do it justice. If you ever get an opportunity to take this train ride, go for it!... read more
When we boarded our train, we found the route printed on the ceiling!
The ride started out tame enough
With quiet waters and autumn scenery

North America » United States » Colorado October 25th 2022

Today had a lot of driving, but the rewards were great! The Sand Dunes were amazing! As always, the photos do not capture the immensity or what it is like to be there.... read more
We passed through Rio Grande del Norte National Monument
And enjoyed some mountain views beyond the river at the Rio Grande Natural Area
Yesterday's snow in Santa Fe gave these mountains a dusting of snow as well.

North America » United States » Colorado » Denver August 10th 2022

9th August, 2022 Filled up on breakfast before heading out at approx 8:30. As the day was already warm, we got some ice from the hotel and put some drinks in the little esky we had bought. Topped up the car with fuel and off we went. It was a bright day so it was pretty easy driving. Even though there was mountains all around us, they were way off in the distance so there wasn‘t a lot to see. We did manage to find an abandoned dunny in the middle of nowhere though. We arrived in Laramie, Wyoming just after 10:00. We stopped at the visitor’s centre for a restroom stop and also had a chat with the girls who work there. One of them had been in Australia a few times when she was ... read more
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Tuesday morning we returned to Manitou Springs to see the Manitou Springs Cliff Dwellings. The cliff dwellings were moved to this alcove location in Manitou Springs from McElmo Canyon in 1907. (There is continued dispute about how accurate the reconstruction is, but if one is not going to Mesa Verde, this is a good alternative.) The dwellings are very interesting to visit and they do give one an idea of how the Pueblo peoples lived in the 12th century. They are fairly well interpreted. In addition, there are beds of plants used by the Pueblos and other Native Americans placed around the dwellings and these are excellently interpreted. Down from the cliff dwellings are a gift shop and museum building. The museum has a number of displays on Pueblo daily life and material culture. The museum ... read more
Stone Tower.
Chief Speaker Structure
Grain Storage Tower

North America » United States » Colorado » Denver July 19th 2022

The drive up to Denver from Colorado Springs was not long. About halfway, we passed Castle Rock. The rock formation does resemble a hilltop Moorish stronghold in Spain. The vegetation of the region is similar, too, adding to the effect. Arrival in the Denver metropolitan area was indicated by sighting of RTD light rail trains at Sky Ridge. I was impressed that the light rail service extended so far south from downtown. A couple on the Pikes Peak train had told of visiting the Molly Brown House in Denver. As Susan and I enjoy historic houses, we had decided that would be our primary objective in Denver. The house is in the Capitol Hill neighborhood. Margaret "Molly" (Tobin) Brown (1867-1932) is famous as the "Unsinkable Molly Brown" a survivor of the Titanic. Her husband, James Brown, ... read more
Molly Brown House Historical Marker
Main Staircase in the Molly Brown House.
Stained Glass


Driving from Cheyenne to Colorado Springs on I-25 took about three and a half hours. We stayed in Colorado Springs on Sunday night. Colorado Springs is right at the foot of the Rocky Mountains and close to Pikes Peak. Our objective was to travel to the summit of Pikes Peak, 14,115 feet (4302 m), on Monday. Pikes Peak is a poplar destination which one can ascend by train, by road or by hiking. The Manitou & Pikes Peak Cog Railway was our choice. (It is a popular one. We made reservation long in advance).The cog railway is similar to the mountain railways in Switzerland and very much like the Pilatusbahn we rode in 2019. But the summit of Pikes Peak is more than twice as high as Pilatus and the base, at Manitou Springs, is much ... read more
Rose Emma Falls
Icebox Canyon
Ponderosa Pines


After lunch Susan and I drove to the nearby Garden of the Gods park. The Garden of the Gods is a public park full of fantastic colorful rock formations. I had known of it from my aunt and her visit there in 1990. The entrance was just a ways up Ridge Road from Manitou Road. Even before the official entrance, jagged red colored rock formations began to appear. The formations, known as "hogbacks" in geology, consist of red and white sandstone or limestone that have been pushed up by the force of the Rocky Mountain uplift. There are parking areas and scenic pull-offs along the road, like on Skyline Drive. Many of the formations have been given fanciful names. The first parking area is High Point Overlook. In one direction was Almagre Mountain and Pikes Peak. ... read more
Garden of the Gods Entrance
Almagre Mountain and Pikes Peak
High Point Overlook

North America » United States » Colorado » Fort Collins July 16th 2022

Saturday began by meeting Drew downtown for brunch at Snooze. It was one of several restaurants in the historic district where people were having breakfast. After breakfast, Drew had a number of errands to attend to before the evening concert. Susan and I struck out on our sightseeing. First stop was the Colorado State University campus. The land grant university was founded in 1870 as the Colorado Agricultural school. The main campus centers around The Oval, laid out in 1909, and its several academic buildings in the Italian Renaissance style. We parked and walked over to the Lory Plaza, the core of the modern campus. The Natural Resources building has a display of Colorado rocks, which make for a good introduction to Colorado geography. In the Lory Student Center is the bookstore, the place to find ... read more
Administration Building
University Library
Johnson Hall

North America » United States » Colorado » Denver July 15th 2022

The start of a few days getaway in Colorado. Our trip here was prompted by our son’s completion of his Master’s Degree in Music at Colorado State University. As we would be here, Susan and I planned to extend our stay in the state a few days. My only previous trip to Colorado was to Denver in 1982 to attend a conference. Susan had never been to Colorado. Our United flight from Washington Dulles arrived at 10:10 a.m. Denver is a hub for United and the terminal was very busy. You must make your way to the main terminal for ground transportation. The Budget bus picked us up there to take us to our rental car. All of the car rental company lots are located on the airport exit road. I was surprised how empty the ... read more
Denver International Airport
Alexander Model A-14 Eaglerock
In-N-Out Burger

North America » United States » Colorado » Fort Collins July 15th 2022

Arriving in Fort Collins in the mid-afternoon we checked into our hotel, the Hampton Inn. Hampton Inn is a bit of a distance from the downtown. I learned it is in an area of Fort Collins that was once an independent town, Harmony, Colorado. Nothing of Harmony is left except the old town cemetery. The rest has been completely built over by recent construction. We had dinner down the street at La Buena Vida Mexica restaurant. The Chicken Enchiladas with Mole were the best! After dinner we took a drive downtown. There are lovely storefronts and commercial blocks in the thriving historic district. A look at photos at the National Register of Historic Places entry for the Fort Collins historic district shows that much renewal and revival has taken place since the mid-1970s. Money has been ... read more
La Buena Vida
Enchiladas Morelia
Harmony Cemetery




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