October 5-18, 2021
Our 165-mile ride to Colorado Springs went off without an issue. We took 470, a toll road, around Denver then got on CO 83 all the way down to the north side of COS. Thanks, Steve and Cathy for the tip about this route, so much less stressful. Then less than 20 miles on I25 through COS and we arrived at Cheyenne Mountain State Park. Our first night was in site 2.
The next morning we moved to site 9, across the street and with awesome views of the city. Both sites are FHU as are all of the RV sites in the campground. Being so close to the city our Verizon signal is great and in our area no problem getting a satellite signal. We took a good look around the campground this time, we still think site 9 is the best. Though if winds bother you, you'd best look at the Meadows area. While here we had freezing nights and red flag days, we experienced 60 mph gusts.
|Night time view from site 9|
|Morning view from site 9|
Thankfully Dave and I continued to get better and were able to enjoy our time in Colorado Springs.
Our friends Steve and Cathy came down for a day of catching up and card playing, always fun and lots of laughs with them.
Cheyenne Mountain State Park has many trails, some of which can be accessed from the campground. We enjoyed walking a few of the shorter (~3.5 miles) trails.
|small rock tree|
|medium rock tree|
|large rock tree|
Of course, there’s always a geocache or two to be found.
One morning we took a scenic ride to and up the east side of Weston Pass.
We spent time with our son Tom, his girlfriend Kanik, and our granddog Alvin.
|Alvin got his nails done for the occasion |
We even took a paint pouring class at Painting With A Twist where Kanik works.
Across the street from CMSP is Fort Carson, an army base where they had a few tanks Dave could look at. Of course, there was a geocache there but I managed to find it by myself while Dave was looking around. If you're up at 6:30am reveille is played, at 4:55pm and 5:00pm I believe retreat is played. You can hear it from the sites here in the campground.
Our great friends Curt and Glenda were getting bored with the scenery at their home in Eloy AZ so took a ride to Colorado Springs. We spent 3 days with them playing tourist and the boys enjoyed a few tastings. I can't say how much this visit meant to us, love you two, see you in December.
A trip to Bishop’s Castle is always in store, we saw some great fall colors on the way there.
A stop into Garden of the Gods was a great place to get some walking in.
|logging our geocache|
Then the creative side in Curt came out!!
|The Wandering Camels |
under The Kissing Camels
Of course, there was beer involved with our stay in Colorado Springs, before during, and after our visit from Curt and Glenda.
|Beast and Brews had 80+ beers on tap, along |
with wines, ciders, and sodas. Great way to try new
beers and some great food too.
One last fire at our beautiful site.
|The reason for coming to COS!!!|
In the morning we start our 4-day, 3-night trek down to the Gulf Coast.
Until next time...