Category Archives: Scenery

Garden of the Gods Again

My sister and her friend Barb Shoens drove out for the weekend. On Saturday morning, we went to Garden of the Gods. Over the years, I expect I’ll have every square inch of it photographed.

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Pikes Peak Summit

I’m not going to attempt to put my photos in any sort of order.  We enjoyed the view for a while until the cog railroad train headed back down. Tim told us this was the time to go inside the … Continue reading

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Mount Evans

Every year, Young Chase organizes a hike up one of Colorado’s 14ers (the name for the 54 peaks in the state over 14,000 feet high). This year the plan was to climb Quandary Peak, but a forest fire near Breckenridge … Continue reading

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Eagle Peak

Eagle Peak is one of the more notable mountains along the Rampart Range west of Colorado Springs. It rises like a pyramid behind the Air Force Academy, with a bare rock face that stands out among the other tree-covered mountains. … Continue reading

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Independence Pass

Route 82 east of Aspen is a narrow blacktop that winds up into the mountains along the Roaring Fork River. In places, the river and canyon walls squeeze the road down to a lane and a half. Every place that … Continue reading

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Rifle Falls State Park

We spent the night at a Comfort Inn in Rifle. The town, located on the Colorado River, got its name because somebody at some distant point in the past, left, or found, a rifle leaning against a tree. I guess … Continue reading

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Grand Mesa Scenic Byway

We heard about Grand Mesa for the first time on Friday night when the woman at our motel told us you “can’t throw a rock up there without hitting a lake.” I filed it away in my brain as something … Continue reading

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Colorado National Monument

The forecast for Saturday was HOT. We got up early and drove an hour to Colorado National Monument. When we arrived, it was already warm but not oppressively so. Locals were still using part of the park road for their … Continue reading

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Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

We picked a hot weekend to explore our new home state. On a Friday morning, we headed west through Bighorn Sheep Canyon, over Monarch Pass, and along Blue Mesa Reservoir to Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. In Curecanti … Continue reading

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Cheyenne Mountain State Park

Sally and I visited on Memorial Day morning to find the Grace’s Warbler that’s been seen there lately (next post). We only hiked a mile and a half of the more than 20 miles of trails, so we just scratched … Continue reading

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