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Old 06-20-2012, 08:35 PM   #21
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That's really an amazing picture JFWeir. Thanks for sharing. My wife and I are flatlanders too so our first couple of days at elevation we just chill out and drink a lot of water while we adjust to the altitude.
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Old 06-21-2012, 09:17 PM   #22
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We took the Cog Railway up to the top of Pikes Peak this morning. It was chilly and incredibly windy but the views were spectacular. The wind chill made the cups of hot chocolate we drank taste even better.



We ate lunch in Manitou Springs and then did a little shopping. We finally found a Silverback Bear at one of the shops to welcome folks to into our Silverback.

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Old 06-23-2012, 09:07 AM   #23
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Yesterday we visited Seven Falls and Garden of the Gods. I was really proud of myself for being fit enough to climb the 251 steps to the top of the falls. Not an easy task for an old man at altitude. We stayed long enough to watch one of the Native American dance demonstrations. They got pretty winded too.



By the time we got over to Garden of the Gods it was 1:30 and the temperature was 97 degrees. That was hot enough that we decided to skip taking any hikes on the trails in the park.

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Old 06-23-2012, 11:43 PM   #24
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Easy day today, laundry, groceries, and a trip to fuel up the truck for our trip to Estes Park tomorrow. The Waldo Canyon wildfire started today and is about 30 miles to the north of us. The fire is dominating the local news. Garden of the Gods was closed and evacuated because of the fire.

This evening we went to the ice cream social here at the RV park. On Sunday mornings the park offers coffee and donuts. Here's a pic of the campers lining up for the ice cream.
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Moving day. We hitched up and drove north to Elk Meadow RV park in Estes Park, CO. As we drove along I-25 the size of the Waldo Canyon fire was incredible. That fire had grown from a 10 acre wildfire to 2500 acres in just 12 hours.

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Picture of the High Park fire, N. W. of Fort Collins after two weeks.
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Those are two amazing and beautiful pictures Wayne. Thanks for sharing.
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This was taken after the second full week of the fire. On the wide angle picture, the smoke from the worst part this weekend is barely visible on the right side of the picture. Took out another 57 houses this weekend. Wayne
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How's the heat where you are? Weather shows 100+ at CO Sprgs. Have the fires impacted your trip in ways you don't expect?
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I live in Loveland, about 10 miles south of Fort Collins. Been up in the high 90's or low 100's since Friday. Camped Wed. and Thurs. at Boyd Lake. Were the only two cool days lately. Far as camping, want to go to the west, but probably not this year. Would like to go up to Glacier again, as the computer ate up my pictures from the last time I was up there. As far as praririe dog pictures this was taken from a bike trail. They are used to people so lots of them to see.
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