Wednesday, April 30, 2008

WE WERE TRUE TOURISTS TODAY

The weather here has been beautiful!. Mid 70's and sunny so I've had to use the sunscreen because we're so much closer to the sun. It really does make a difference.

Since we worked so hard yesterday, today was going to be a tourist day. We started out by heading to Cripple Creek. This is a town way up in the mountains. It was known for its gold mines way back in the 1800's. Now its mainly a casino town. There were no neat shops and touristy stuff in this town, just casinos. I have never seen so many slot machines, of course I guess besides Vegas. We weren't there to gamble so we checked out the museum and a few other sites. Problem was they didn't open up until after Memorial Day. So our trip there was mainly eat some lunch and head back down the mountain. There was a gold mine shaft tour but you had to go 1000 feet underground to see it and us claustrophobic people decided that wouldn't be a good thing to do.
Melissa did throw a dollar in a machine after lunch. Guess what she got back! Yep, nothing. And no Dad I did not put any money in those machines!


After getting back down the mountain we wanted to find the place where you take the Cog Train up to the top of Pikes Peak. (That's the plan for tomorrow, unless the weather doesn't cooperate.) We were in the town of Manitou Springs and saw this place called Miramont Castle so we toured that. Interesting place but I wanted to touch stuff and they won't let you. Whats up with that.

This town had so many old buildings from back in the 1800's. This one was called the Barker house and was built in 1872. It was converted into a hotel but now is a retirement home with a restaurant in one end.


What better way to end the day than with an ice cream cone. Did I mention how great the weather has been? Heard Wisconsin got some more snow. Sorry we weren't there to enjoy the white stuff. NOT!







FIX THE FENCE!

So one of our "jobs" while we're out here is to fix Melissa and Travis' fence. She had an early meeting at work so we started with the repairs. One thing about living in these cities is you have an association telling you what to do about your house and yard and it decided the fence needed some work. But anyway the fence needed repairs because 100 pound Jackson was finding ways to get out and terrorize people. First we had to firm it up with brackets in all the corners, then replace a bunch of boards and finally paint.


This is the long side of the fence. We had Jackson helping guard the front door while we painted. After 5 1/2 hours and 7 gallons of paint, we finished up about 6 p.m.


Here we are on the final stretch. There were some sore wrists and shoulders but the job was finished!



Here it is, the finished fence! Looks pretty good.


Melissa and Jackson by their newly planted tree. Jim had to clear cut the front yard because the other tree was dead, but being the professional logger he is, he planted a new one in its place.

Monday, April 28, 2008

The Royal Gorge

We spent the day today at the Royal Gorge, which is about an hour Southwest of Colorado Springs. What a beautiful place! There is so much to see there that you need to definitely spend at least half the day there. At first the heights is kinda scary but you do get used to it after awhile.

This was the first lookout point we came to. Travis has just called Melissa on the phone and so that's why the phone is stuck to her ear.




This is looking straight down into the gorge. The Arkansas River runs through the bottom of the canyon. It is 1053 feet to the bottom!



This is the bridge we walked across. It is 1/4 mile long and goes all the way across the canyon. When we came back across the wind had picked up and we could feel the bridge lifting from the wind.







Taking a break in the big chair.


Melissa in the coffin.







I'm not sure what was going on here. I just took the picture.



Going down to the bottom of the Gorge.


The bridge from the bottom. As you can see we had a beautiful sunny 70 degree day. I hear Wisconsin was a little chilly and snowy. I have so many more pic but am tired of downloading and its getting late. Tomorrow is fence fixing day.