One of our favorite places in the world for summer is Colorado and it is so much fun to see it through the eyes of 11-year-olds for whom it is the first time. Seeing mountains in the distance through the haze is never as good as seeing them up close and personal, but even that brought oohs and aahs.
Remember back in January we told about a bluegrass benefit we attended in Quartzsite? The people who invited us were Corky and Joyce Goerzen from Wichita and we had just met them in a Wichita restaurant before we left for Arizona. Last week, we ate dinner with them while we were back in Kansas and they mentioned a place that would be a good day trip from Pueblo, CO where we spent last night. It is called Bishop’s Castle and has been under construction by one man, Jim Bishop, since 1969.
That round thing on top that looks like a ball of bailing wire? It’s for climbing!I think Ben made it up there, but LeRoy and Bailey stopped just earlier and let’s just say I barely got started. Expanded sheet metal stairs and floors are NOT my forte!
After we got back to the bus, we moved on to Colorado Springs and the Fountain Creek RV Park. It’s tight but serves the purpose. I’m just glad LeRoy was driving this 40′ behemoth!
Mountain views are always awe-inspiring and Ben and Bailey were duly impressed all day. I’m always mesmerized by the views of Pikes Peak from just about anyplace in this area and from so many angles. Back in 1983, our family climbed Pikes Peak. We rode the Mt. Manitou Incline as far as it went and then hiked to the top and back down. Heidi was 11, just the same age as the twins are now. We took them to the trailhead for the Barr Trail, but we’re not going to add either masochism or sadism to the vacation! We’ll be riding the Cog Railway tomorrow so the kids can see the view from the top.