I took this photo on a Thanksgiving trip to Colorado Springs a couple years ago. I kept waiting for the sidewalk to clear of visitors. It never did. But I realized it was nice to have people in the shot taking in the beauty of the Garden of the Gods with Pikes Peak in the background. Such a stunningly gorgeous place to visit!
Sunday, November 13, 2016
Monday, September 19, 2016
Do all the good you can,
By all the means you can,
In all the ways you can,
In all the places you can,
At all the times you can,
To all the people you can,
As long as ever you can.
---John Wesley (1703-1791) minister and theologian.
The First United Methodist Church of Cañon City celebrates its 150th anniversary this year. Located at 810 Main St., the church is a beautiful and prominent fixture in downtown Cañon City. The congregation, founded in 1866, is ten years older than the state of Colorado. Read more about the anniversary celebration here.
Sunday, June 26, 2016
|Helen Hunt Falls from the bridge above|
|Cascade above Helen Hunt Falls|
|Silver Cascade Falls Trail|
The Silver Cascade Trail crosses over a bridge above Helen Hunt Falls and takes visitors to an overlook of Silver Cascade Falls. This out-and-back trail is 0.3 miles long (each way), with lots and lots of steps.
For a description of the park and other trails in the area, click here.
|View from Silver Cascade Falls Trail|
|Silver Cascade Falls from Gold Camp Road|
Saturday, June 25, 2016
|Maroon Lake Looking East|
|Sievers Mountain to the North|
|Pyramid Peak to the South|
Directions: The Maroon Bells are located outside of Aspen, CO. From the roundabout on Hwy 82 north of town, take the Maroon Creek spur and drive 1.5 miles to the Aspen Highlands Village for the Bus Tour. Click here for the bus schedule and fees. -- OR if off-season or off-hours, drive 19 miles to the visitors' parking area at Maroon Lake.
|Crater Lake Trail through Aspens|
Thursday, June 23, 2016
In the foreground of the lower photo you can see the Buena Vista KOA where we stayed. It's one of the best KOAs I've ever visited, clean, well run, with great amenities. We rented a cabin for the night and didn't want to leave. :)
Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Driving through the remote town of Hartsel, we came across this scene. Not exactly sure what this is about, but thought it was funny. Hartsel is known as "The Heart of Colorado" for its proximity to the geographical center of the state. Founded in 1880, Hartsel sits at an elevation of 8864 ft and has a population of 677. Wish I had taken some photos of the flat, wide-open plains (with distant mountain views) in this part of the state. Not exactly what I expected to find in central Colorado. Very beautiful, but remote. Click here to see a Google 'street view' of the area east of town.
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
At the entrance of the park stands this imposing 20-foot-tall, 4,000-pound statue of Fremont, constructed in 2013 by sculptor Sheldon Roberts.
The park is located on Hwy 115 between Cañon City and Florence, 2 miles east of MacKenzie Ave.
Monday, June 20, 2016
--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832) German author.
here. A rainy day in Westcliffe is better than a sunny day most anywhere else.
Click here for a website sharing other historic buildings of Custer County.
Sunday, June 19, 2016
For more on the castle, visit the official website.
Saturday, June 18, 2016
To get there, turn east on Main Street at the only stop light in town, and drive through the quaint downtown to the river.
Friday, June 17, 2016
For a website sharing other historical buildings of Chaffee County, click here.
Thursday, June 16, 2016
What a unique place! The term hogbacks refers to the land formations just east of Skyline Drive. They consist of a series of geologically unique, large mounds of earth -- and thus the name. For years this area was not protected or developed. ATV and dirt bike paths went everywhere, causing vegetation loss, erosion and noise pollution for nearby residents. In 2007 residents and city leaders began envisioning something better. Today, the Hogbacks area has been developed into a wonderful recreational area for residents and visitors with miles of trails for hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking. The area stretches north to south on the west side of the city, providing direct access to recreational opportunities to many neighborhoods.
Click here for a trail map of the Hogbacks area. There are two parking areas: One on Floral Street (this is where Skyline Drive ends) and the other on Washington St.
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
--William Arthur Ward
If venturing north of Cañon City, perhaps driving out to Red Canyon Park or Shelf Road Recreation Area, you'll pass by this old school house. Built in 1895 this one-room schoolhouse served the rural ranches north of town. When it opened, 48 students attended. It didn't have electricity until 1951. It closed in 1961 when school districts were consolidated and has sat vacant ever since. Efforts continue to try to save and repurpose the school. For interesting details regarding the building and school, click here (PDF, 1.2 mb)
For a list (with photos and descriptions) of other historic places in Fremont County, click here.
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Thanks to members of the Mile High Youth Corps who built the trail in July 2014.
Monday, June 13, 2016
It is the function of art to renew our perception. What we are familiar with we cease to see. The writer shakes up the familiar scene, and, as if by magic, we see a new meaning in it.
--Anais Nin (1903-1977) French born American Author.
The Sangre de Cristo Arts & Conference Center and Buell Children's Museum have as their mission to create artistic learning experiences for everyone. The exhibits seek to educate and inspire visitors through art exhibitions, performing arts, dance arts, an award-winning children’s museum, educational programming, and an artistic space for meetings, performances and events. There is a fee to enter but the Center does have numerous 'free days' throughout the year. When I visited, an exhibit of 72 of Ansel Adam's most famous photographs were on display along with paintings and prints from local artists. The Children's Museum contains two stories of interactive artistic opportunities for children to create and play.
Visit their website and plan your visit!