It’s hard to believe that our week in Colorado Springs is coming to an end. We arrived here last Tuesday and promptly settled into Foot of the Rockies RV Park.
As it had been 3 weeks since I’d been anywhere close to a nice sized grocery store, I promptly headed out to King Soopers, the Colorado equivalent to Kroger. They are somehow related, joined at the hip, with Kroger being the parent company, I believe. Many $ later, we were, once again, fully stocked with groceries :)
We spent Wednesday getting our bearings of the area, going to the post office, making a Costco run and stopping at Camping World to get a replacement part to our toilet that they did not have :) Oh well. Camping World is fun to wander through but we rarely find what we need there. They tell us it can be ordered, but we can do that ourselves. When you’re not in the same place for long, it’s usually easier to order it yourself. Once we got home, the skies blackened, the wind whipped and the hail fell. We were very lucky. Our hail was normal sized; most of the area received golf ball sized hail. What we did get was a rainbow on top of the black sky :) We were so lucky! No rain, just hail and a rainbow.
Thursday was so much fun! We met our friends, Jim and Launi at Chili’s in Monument, CO., about 20 miles north of us. We met Jim and Launi at Estes RV Resort in Rockport, Texas during the winter. We had a great lunch and then spent the rest of the day playing “Hand and Foot” at their place :)
Left to Right: Jim, Gail, Rick and Launi
We cut our visit short because there were storm warnings equivalent to those of Wednesday and we didn’t want to be traveling when the storm hit. Fortunately, for us, this was all we received.
Just nasty clouds and a threat, but nothing else. Much of the area was not that lucky with reports of tennis ball sized hail and 2 tornadoes. Here we thought this route north would be safer than going straight north through tornado alley! I don’t think anywhere is safe in the spring. The weather is just too volatile.
Pikes Peak or Bust! :) We had a choice between taking another train ride to the top of Pikes Peak ($35 per person) or driving ourselves ($12 per person). We chose to drive and did not regret doing that. It was an excellent drive!
The road was paved the entire way, it was in excellent condition and there was never a concern. It was absolutely beautiful!
The 6 mile marker: Crystal Reservoir with Pikes Peak in the distance.
The 19th mile marker: the Summit-14,110 feet!
It was a fairly clear day and the views were beautiful!
The train we did not take :)
When researching this excursion, I kept finding a reference to Pikes Peak Donuts. Everyone said you had to try the donuts. They were awesome because they had been “cooked” at 14,000 feet above sea level :) Voila! Further research gave us a coupon :)
World Famous Pikes Peak Donut!
No purchase necessary.
Well, whatcha gonna do? We got donuts! :) They were pretty darn good…and hot! :)
The drive down was as beautiful as the drive up.
Her babies were close behind.
Finally! I thought we’d leave Colorado with only a squirrel sighting! :)
We finished off our day with a short stop at historic Manitou Springs, but it was so HOT that we didn’t spend much time wandering around there.
Why did I think Colorado would be cooler? It’s been in the 90’s here. Warmer than I’d like. The weekend was devoted to cleaning, laundry and other things that would allow us to stay inside in the A/C.
It is now
and we’re not quite sure what to do. We are due to leave here tomorrow. There is a terrible wild fire north of us, on our route. It has almost tripled in size since yesterday and is now at 37,000 acres and 0% contained. Our master plan was to spend a week in Loveland and base out of there, touring Rocky Mountain National Park and visiting with friends in Estes Park and family in Denver. Evacuees are being taken to Loveland, so that plan is now up in the air. We may have to go to plan B.
Stay tuned. Thanks for stopping by.