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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Texas to Colorado Springs Colorado

Hi Everyone,
We took our time to get to Colorado, we spent 3 days driving through Oklahoma & Kansas.
We got stuck in a traffic jam pretty much straight off in Texas.
It only lasted about 15 mins!
We had a bit of scenery after we crossed into Oklahoma - but that soon changed!

It was just wide open spaces & not much to see over the next 2 days in Kansas

Buffalo Farm

Wide Open Spaces

But that all changed when we got close to Colorado Springs:

I love the Rockies - really love it when we get back to Colorado
 We were too early to check into our Motel so we went looking for a  park to have lunch, we pulled up in a suburban street to check our map & look what walked across the road in front of us:

Then when we had a closer look - there was a whole family of Deer on someones front lawn! - How Cool!

We had Dinner that night at an American Institution!
When in Rome! -Yes it was Dave's choice!

Day 2 in Colorado Springs - Another first for Dave & Shell, we went horse riding for 2 hours through the Garden Of The Gods;

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Getting Fitted in the stirrups!

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Pretty steep in places!

On the trail
This was a lot of fun!

Dave loved it too!

Day 3 in Colorado Springs, we went on the Pikes Peak Railway from Manitou Springs to Pikes Peak.
It is the Worlds longest & Highest Cog Railway.

The Cog System

the Train

The scenery on the way up was beautiful:

Rock formations

timberline - where trees stop growing!


When we reached the summit the temperature had dropped dramatically with the wind chill factor it was down to 34 f which is 1.1 degrees Celsius - we were freezing our butts off!

Bloody Cold!!!!!!!!

Pikes Peak Summit
Another great day. Tomorrow is our last day in Colorado Springs & we are going to the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo - should be good!

Well we had our visit to the Zoo, so you get to see some photo's of live animals in this post :)
The first Animal you see is the Giraffe, & for $2 you can actually feed them!

They love the Lettuce Leaves!

Overlooking the Giraffe & Zebra enclosure


Mountain Lion


Cheeky Grizzly!


American Bald Eagle

The Zoo is set on the side of a mountain & the view is magnificent.
It has a chair lift ride & lookouts:

what a View!

OK it's not real :)

We had  wonderful 3 full days in Colorado Springs.
Now we are back in Denver with Jo & the kids for our last week left in the good old USA!
Our 3 months have just flown by again & we have had an absolute ball.
So until next post bye for now & happy travels to all,
Dave & Shell


  1. Hi Dave and Shell, I am a regular reader of your blog and many other travel blogs including several from the the Good Ole US of A. What a surprise to see your post on the Pikes Peak Cog Railway! Just yesterday morning I read another US blog about exactly the same destination which occurred about the same time as yours.
    What a coincidence! Keep up the good reports and photos.

  2. Thanks Frankie, that is a huge coincidence isn't it!
    I hope they enjoyed it as well :)
    Thanks for following our blog - we are actually at LAX at the moment awaiting our flight home.
    Dave & Shell


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