So now with our new truck, we left the plains of Kansas to the Rockies of Colorado . Nothing like giving the truck a good work out. Just a 20-minute drive up lovely Ute Pass from Colorado Springs lies Woodland Park , known as The City Above the Clouds, at 8,500 ft above sea level. Colorado Springs is 6,035 ft above sea level. Getting used to the altitude took a while and the air was so very dry, only about 11% relative humidity. I don’t think we have ever drank as much water in our lives as we did while staying here. The town is very scenic in more ways than one.
The town maintains its mountain image with strict rules about architecture (this is the second ‘architecturally unique’ Walmart that we have come across the date (see Springfield IL). The mountain image of the town is reinforced by the scenery as you walk down the street.
Our original plans had been to stay in the area for a couple of weeks, but that quickly became a month as we made plans for things to do.
There were a number of things planned for our visit:
• visit with family
• attend the graduation ceremonies at the Air Force Academy
• visit and trek the Garden of the Gods
• take the cog railway to the top of Pikes Peak
• visit the Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
• visit the Manitou Cliff Dwellings
• browse through Manitou Springs
• tour the Cave of the Winds
• visit with friends from Retama who are workamping in the area
• test new systems and work out some of the problems with the new truck
So a event packed stay in the area was planned. But what we hadn’t counted on were mega dramas with Robbie and some large vet bills to boot.
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|Intro to Colorado and Woodland Park|
|Air Force Academy and the Class of 2013 Graduation|
|Garden of the Gods|
|Truck Systems Testing and Installations|
|Manitou and Pikes Peak Cog Railway|
|Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center|
|Goliad TX Spring 2013|
|Kerrville TX and NHOG 2013|
|Sanger TX Spring|
|Guthrie OK, Spring|
|Junction City KS, Spring 2013|
|Colorado and Woodland Park|
|Early Summer 2013|
|Late Summer 2013|