Saturday, July 28, 2018

stepping stones

The only difference between stumbling blocks and stepping stones is the way you use them.
--American Proverb

 Bishop's Castle in located along Highway 165 in rural Southern Colorado, between the small villages of Wetmore and Rye.  With its narrow, winding stairways, dizzying towers and playful architecture, this castle is an absolutely thrilling experience. For a full description and more photos, click here.

Saturday, July 21, 2018

lofty heights

There are four ways you can handle fear. You can go over it, under it, or around it. But if you are ever to put fear behind you, you must walk straight through it. Once you put fear behind you, leave it there.
Donna A. Favors 

Tackle your fear of heights by riding the gondola across the Royal Gorge! This thrilling ride, 1000 feet above the Arkansas River, is included with the purchase of a ticket at the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park.  For more information click here.   For more photos of the Royal Gorge, click here.

Saturday, June 30, 2018

find the beautiful

Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.
--Ralph Waldo Emerson

B.F. Rockafellow Ecology Park, known by locals as Eco Park, was created on the site of an old landfill on Temple Canyon Road south of Canon City. The park is a hub for biking and hiking on the extensive South Canon Trail System, click here for a PDF map.

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Keep climbing

After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb.
--Nelson Mandela

View of Cactus Cliff on Shelf Road, a popular place with mountain climbers. Click here for more.

Sunday, May 13, 2018


Gratitude bestows reverence, allowing us to encounter everyday epiphanies, those transcendent moments of awe that change forever how we experience life and the world.
--John Milton 

The Holy Cross Abby in Canon City, Colorado. Built in 1924, the Abbey served as a monastery and boys boarding school -- closing in 2005. Tours are available -- visit their website for more information.

Sunday, April 1, 2018

peaceful change

Peace is a daily, a weekly, a monthly process, gradually changing opinions, slowly eroding old barriers, quietly building new structures. 
--John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)

Some photos from my recent hike at Red Canyon Park, north of Cañon City.  Click here for more information about this park.

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Lake Isabel

Lake Isabel is a 40 acre, man-made lake in the vicinity of Bishop's Castle and a great place for picnicking, camping, fishing and hiking. The lake is found on Hwy 165 with parking areas on both the north and south sides. The view from the north side is above (top photo), the others are from the south side of the lake. I went on a fairly busy summer day and found the south side to be less congested. A small fee is charged at the gate for a day pass. Numerous trails are in the area, making this a great destination for those wanting to enjoy the outdoors.

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Hornbek Homestead

Dare to be different. Be a pioneer. Be a leader. Be the kind of woman who in the face of adversity will continue to embrace life and walk fearlessly toward the challenge.
--Oprah Winfrey

Life wasn't easy for Adeline Hornbek. Born in Massachusetts in 1833, she married at 25 and moved to Oklahoma. She had three children before her husband died. She moved to Denver and married again in 1866 and had another child. Her husband soon disappeared, we don't know what happened to him, and she set out into a remote area of Colorado, purchasing 160 acres in Colorado's Florissant Valley. In 1878 she built the cabin you see here and somehow was able to overcome all the odds raising her children, running the ranch, working for a local merchant -- as a single mother on the frontier. A model of rugged individualism, Adeline was a pioneer in more ways than one.

Click here to learn more about her life.

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Great Sand Dunes National Park

Anyone traveling in southern Colorado needs to make the trip to experience the unique and otherworldly beauty of the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve. It is one of 59 parks in the National Park system and though out-of-the-way, it is well worth the drive. The mammoth sand dunes are piled up 755 feet high as southwesterly winds blow the sand against the 14,000 foot tall Sangre de Cristo Mountains -- with the storms winds from the north and south coming off the mountains holding the dunes at bay.  CLICK HERE to see more photos, read a lengthy description of the park, and get recommendations of things to do.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

hometown pride

"I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives. I like to see a man live so that his place will be proud of him."
--Abraham Lincoln

Downtown Cañon City after a snow. Founded in 1860, Canon City has been and is many things... a railroad town, a river town, a farming town, a prison town, a mining town, a vacation destination, and now... a high-tech town? Fremont County (along with Custer, Chaffee and Lake counties) have earned the designation of Technology Sector, with hopes to draw high tech businesses and start-ups to the region.

Known as the Climate Capital of Colorado, Cañon City boasts the best weather of Colorado with 300+ days of sunshine and mild winters. The city is a mecca for tourists with the Royal Gorge Railroad and suspension bridge, white water rafting on the Arkansas River, miles of hiking and mountain bike trails, and some of the best rock climbing venues in the state. 

Monday, March 12, 2018

old stories

Old stories are like old friends. You have to visit them from time to time.
--George R.R. Martin

An abandoned, old house in the San Luis Valley outside of Mosca, CO. In the background you can see the Great Sand Dunes National Park. I don't know the history of this place, but it was very well built and I'm sure it would have many stories to tell.

To see a nice wide angle of the scene, check out the Google Maps Street View.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Explore. Dream. Discover.

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
--Sarah Frances Brown

Above: Lawrence Ross snowkiting across the frozen Twin Lakes near Leadville, CO.

Saturday, February 24, 2018

on top of it all

At an elevation of 10,200 feet above sea level, Leadville, CO is America's highest city. This old silver mining town sits in the shadow of Colorado's highest mountain, Mt. Elbert, near the headwaters of the Arkansas River. The colorful and quaint downtown, which was built up quickly after its founding in 1878, remains a beautiful place to visit.

Click here for webcam views.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

San Luis Lakes

On your way to or from your visit to the Great Sand Dunes National Park, be sure to stop off at the San Luis Lakes State Wildlife Area. It offers great views of the dunes and the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and an opportunity to view birds and other wildlife.  For a trail map, click here

Click here to visit the official website.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Robison Mansion

The Robison Mansion was built in 1885 by Lyman Robison, a Scottish immigrant who made his fortune in the silver mines of Leadville. Though his fortune was made in Leadville, Robison's wife, Mary, wanted a home away from the bitter cold winters. The sprawling 6,000 plus square foot residence sits on 3.5 acres on the south banks of the Arkansas River, and today is the setting for weddings, private gatherings and community events.

For more on the history of this elegant home, click here.  To visit the official website for the home, click here.