Colorado Stay Beginning July 2020

Paint Mines Calhan, Colorado

It’s pretty easy to figure out why the name is “Paint Mines”!

It was amazing to us that this was out here in otherwise mostly flat or rolling hills and grassland of the Colorado plains!

Black Forest Equestrian Competition with Aneka

While we were staying at Falcon Meadows out east we attended Aneka’s performance at the Black Forest Saddle Club competition. This is Jan and Mary giving Aneka some last minute pointers (haha)!
Amber and Rich doing the same!
Aneka doing what she loves most; going fast!

Pikes Peak with Steve & Mary

While at Falcon Meadows with the Bergman’s we decided to make a day trip up Pikes Peak. It was a perfect early fall day for it!
On our way up we saw this accident. Somehow this poor fellow’s car fell down the mountain to the street below. It appeared that he had parked near the edge and didn’t secure his parking brake or something; ruined his day I’m sure!
Beautiful views!

The extensive new additions to the top of Pikes Peak and the tram were still in progress. It’s supposed to be done now so we’ll need to check it out before we leave Colorado!

Cherry Creek Reservoir Campground

After Falcon Meadows we went to stay at Cherry Creek Reservoir, one of our favorites! Bryce, Laura and Reeve came to visit us there. Reeve and Laura had fun playing Corn Hole.
Reeve sporting his new dinosaur bike helmet we got him!

We also had some other visitors while staying there.
These guys were definitely not shy or afraid of us campers!

And they were very friendly with each other too! The Magpies obviously liked hanging around the deer!

USAF Academy FamCamp

After Cherry Creek we moved to the Air Force Academy, which ended up being all winter, not what we had planned but this primo spot we ended up with made it much more bearable!

Day Trip to Victor and Phantom Canyon

The fall colors were starting to show. For some reason I like RED!

Downtown Victor was pretty much deserted. We suspect due to Covid and end of their season.
Here’s a nice fixer upper mountain cabin!

When we left Victor we decided to go out the back side and check out Phantom Canyon. As you can see it was a dirt road, I saw truck dusting in my future!

The dirt road through Phantom Canyon also involved a couple of sketchy tunnels!

We made it through both unscathed, other than lots of dust!

Our (Unplanned) Winter Stay in Colorado Springs

The end of October gave us our first taste of winter at the Academy.

We passed the time and kept sane by doing day trips to Cherry Creek, Chatfield and Pueblo State Parks! It made our yearly pass a bargain!
The geese don’t seem to mind the lake being mostly frozen over!

Sunset on our way down 83 to the Springs.