Thursday, October 29, 2009

The little train at the North Pole

At Santa's Workshop in Colorado, on of the rides is on a cool little train. The engine is a replica of a train from the 1800s in Colorado.

We all hopped on for a ride.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Northern New Mexico

We returned home from Colorado last week by way of Hwy. 285. We were tired when we finally crossed over into New Mexico, but here are a few pictures that John stopped to take.

These were taken north of EspaƱola, New Mexico, which is real pretty country.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Homeward bound through Southern Colorado

Last weekend we returned to New Mexico on Hwy. 285 all the way from Denver to Santa Fe. This was BY FAR a more scenic route than Interstate 25. Here are some pictures we took of the scenery along the way:

The Rio Grande winding through southern Colorado.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Rock Chalk Jayhawk in Boulder Colorado

Last Saturday we went to a Kansas-Colorado Big 12 Football game in Boulder, at Folsom Field at the University of Colorado.

Being the visiting team, we were significantly outnumbered, but we sat in the visitors section with hundreds of Jayhawk fans and we had a ball! Singing, cheering, chanting, and waving the wheat; hugging and high-fiving perfect strangers. Unfortunately all of our enthusiasm and Jayhawk spirit didn't result in a win for our previously-undefeated team. The final score was 34-30, but other than the loss, it was a perfect day in Boulder, and we all had a great time!

University of Kansas Class of 2026

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Manitou Springs, Colorado

Manitou Springs is a scenic town hugging the mountains near Colorado Springs. We stayed there while we were visiting the area last week. There are lots of restaurants and shops, and our grand-daughter even enjoyed a playground there.

The penny stretching machine.

Window shopping.

Cool mural on a wall.

The Mason Jar Restaurant - good place.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Santa's Workshop / North Pole, Colorado

High up on the mountain road on the way to Pike's Peak in Colorado Springs is Santa's Workshop at the North Pole, Colorado. Since our days last week were about entertaining a five-year old, we decided this would be a fun place to go to.

The downside? Santa's Village is primarily an amusement part, with a very expensive admission price, and attempts inside the park to get you to part with lots of cash.

The upside? Our grand-daughter loved the rides and the animals, and she even got to see Santa in his little house.

And it was a simply gorgeous day - a wonderful time to be outdoors in the bracing mountain air.