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Monday, August 1, 2011

Continuing on

On our way from Missouri to Colorado we drove through Arkansas.  We headed toward Oklahoma where we stayed with my brother Chris & Alicia.  We arrived late so we didn't get to spend much time with Justin & La Tisha, Chris and Alicia.  It was nice to see them one last time. Wednesday morning we drove to Clearwater KS to visit with Josh's grandparents, it was nice to see them again.  We then went into Wichita to have lunch with Josh's grandpa Bert before heading towards Colorado.

We left Wichita around 6:00pm and made our way to Garden City, KS where we stayed the night.  Garden City is a small cattle town with lots of feed lots spread throughout.

Thursday we got an early start towards CO.  The drive seemed longer than what it was, but the landscape was pretty.  I enjoyed seeing all the open grass land.  Very Pretty!!

We arrived in Colorado Springs early evening and instantly was relieved with the cool temp.  That evening we watched the rain clouds come down off the mountain and into town.  It was pretty and calming all at the same time.  The next day we went hiking through the Garden of the God's.  Frankie really enjoyed that.  We then ventured to Pikes Peak.  The drive to the top is amazing.  So Beautiful.  Once we got up there some clouds started moving in and blocked our view of the valley.  So, we decided to have a bowl of chili in the 40 degree weather.  It was good.  Next it was off to the Seven Falls.  Seven Falls is really neat.  There are seven falls that stem from the same creek that flow down the side of one mountain.  There are two long flights of steep stairs to reach the top.  We took Frankie up the stairs and he climbed them like a champ.  Once we were at the top we hiked a 20 minute trail to a point that overlooks Colorado Springs.  It was amazing.  At the end of the trail the author Helen Hunt Jackson, she wrote the book "RAMONA" back in the mid to late 1800's, she was buried there.  Her burial is still there.  On our decent we waded through the creek that supplied the waterfalls.  Frankie took to the stairs once again and we ended our night at a brewery downtown CO Springs.  The food and beer were excellent.  A perfect ending to a perfect day.

The Friday we drove around the outskirts of the city just to see what all there was.  Colorado Springs is very pretty, with lots of trees, grass, rivers and lakes.  We loved it there.  The rest of the day and night we enjoyed a movie at the hotel and order in Pizza.  It was nice!!

 Josh with his grandparents Ruth & John

 Raining coming off the mountains

A Lake on our way up to Pikes Peak 

 Frankie enoying the ride to the top

 Josh and Frankie at the top

 Train that takes you too the top

 Rainbow after the storm
Seven Falls
 Seven Falls

Saturday we got up early so we could go to the Denver Bronco training camp in Englewood.  It was pretty cool watching the huge, muscular players practice.  I was amazed at how many people were there watching.  It was a lot.  After the practice was over we headed to Gunnison, CO.  Once again the drive was pretty.  Once there we checked into the hotel and headed into town for dinner.  We ended up at the local brewery, and once again the food and drinks were great.  While we were there we found out that the brewery was hosting Bingo for the local radio station.  So we played.  Josh won $25. All together it was a great night. The temperature was nice and cool there.

Some Pics from around Gunnison, CO

Before we headed out the next day, Aimee bought a turquoise necklace from a shop downtown.  We then set out for Four Corners, it's where Utah, Colorado, Arizona, and New Mexico all meet.  It's on Navajo land, and the Navajo had little shops set up to sell jewelry, paintings, misc odds and ends.  It felt good to walk around and stretch our legs.  Before we left we had some Fried Bread with honey, cinnamon, and powdered sugar.  It was delicious.  We jumped back in the car and headed to Flagstaff.  We arrived there late evening and was ready for a nice cold beer and good food.  Which we had at the hotel bar and restaurant.  We all were dog tired from the 9 hour drive.  We definitely slept good that night.

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