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Frances K

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Continuing southwest……

Okay, hopefully I can get through this post a lot faster than the last. Truly appreciate your patience and that you’re still reading. 👍😄

Our stay in Rapid City was very enjoyable. I loved the places we visited and as a suburban girl so liked the wildlife. One very interesting place also nestled in the Black Hills is the Crazy Horse Memorial. Located not far from Rushmore and Custer State Park. “Acting as a repository for Native American artifacts, arts and crafts through the INDIAN MUSEUM OF NORTH AMERICA® and the NATIVE AMERICAN EDUCATIONAL & CULTURAL CENTER®;”

As you can see the monument is still a work in progress. It should be phenomenal when completed. Model of the finished monument. On site is a museum, a Native American cultural and educational center. A huge undertaking, but a worthy endeavor. I hope they’ll be able to complete what was started so many years ago. As with everything it’s a matter of money. This is a model of the community it will be one day. Along with the cultural center, a university and student housing. We said goodbye to Rapid City, didn’t get a chance to say goodbye to the deer 🦌 family, and continued on. Travelled west on I 90, hit Wyoming, then south on I 25. Wyoming….this year we didn’t plan on any particular stop, saving it for another time. The drive through was wonderful, except for the wind and gusts. Traffic was practically nil, I got about an hours driving time. Woohoo!! We took our time traveling through marveling at the wildlife we saw along the way, miles and miles of open land. I was hoping to see the elusive jackalope. Searching the hills as we were driving I did catch a silhouette of what was a possibility sitting on top of a distant hill. Too far and driving too fast to get a good look. 😉Mostly we saw pronghorns, occasionally deer. Once an eagle 🦅 passed us, taking off from the median. At one rest stop a large black hog was wondering nearby. And when we stopped to get diesel these guys were hanging around. Deer everywhere. Then saw this guy sitting outside the Sinclair station. Used to see a lot of them when I was a kid. First I’d seen in many a year. These are snow fences. and the welcome center/ rest stop at Cheyenne, Wy is well worth a stop. They’ve built a mini museum inside. Lots of Wyoming and western history, we must of spent an hour just looking through the displays. A lot of interesting things to see when we next go back. Continuing south on I 25, Colorado was next. Passed by the Broncos stadium And stayed at the Elks Lodge in Colorado Springs for several days. It is a pretty city. Though coming from places where life is less hectic it was a bit hard getting back to a place where it’s more. There’s an old town section on the north end of town, several blocks of stately manor homes some dating over one hundred years. Just curious as to the price range of some of the homes, way out of our price range, up to and over $1,000,000.00. Craftsman, Italianate, Tudor to Victorian and more so many different styles of architecture, it’s an enchanting historic area. William, of course, found a place to play Pickleball, Monument Valley Park. Seems the sport is quite popular there too! The park runs along Monument Creek and here is one of its residents. There are trails running along the creek great for walking, running, cyclists…. well maintained, rest rooms along the way, play grounds for the kids, benches. It was a joy to take a good long walk. Along with being a college town, it’s also a tourist town. The only two we visited were Garden of the gods and Pikes Peak. Garden of the Gods, at the foot of Pikes Peak. Balancing Rock It was a slow drive through the Garden of the Gods, the rock formations were fascinating. There are many trails through the area if one so chooses to hike. We didn’t. Though it was a thought. While there are plenty of wildlife we only came across two during our drive. Fortunately we were already driving slowly when a doe walked in front of our car to the other side of the road. As she crossed her fawn abruptly walked on to the road trying to follow. My window was down and I could hear the little gal calling for her mom. Such a cute little sound. She was standing along side my door staring at me with that cute little face and big ears, looking around for her mom, crying the whole time. She lost track of her mom as our car was in the way. Finally the fawn walked behind us, off the road, reunited with mom. Happy ending!Would have been good to get a picture but if I moved I thought she’d bolt, so just sat there watching. A couple of days later we drove up Pikes Peak. The forecast called for thunderstorms later in the day but it was a pretty morning and we started out early even though there were lots of clouds. Pikes Peak Highway is a toll road. The other option is cog train but at $40.00 a head the toll road was the cheaper option at $15.00 per person. (As we keep reminding ourselves we’re not on vacation, on a fixed income, so we still have to watch our pennies) The scenery was filled with aspens and pines,a touch of fall in mid September. Crystal reservoir This is as close as we got to see the real big foot. Just as elusive as the jackalope. Made it to the summit. Bright and sunny. It was 29 degrees that morning and ice on the ground. Beautiful viewsTotal cloud cover on this side of the mountain. Fun drive down. Fortunately I wasn’t the driver. At 14,115 ft above sea level, Pikes Peak isn’t the tallest in the Rocky Mountains, seems to be the most famous. The poem/song America the Beautiful was inspired by this mountain. It was an enjoyable day. The rest of our stay in CO Springs was getting ready to hit the road again (and Pickleball). Then headed south again to New Mexico. We traveled through, not stopping except at rest stops for meals and sleep, hitting I 40 west at Albuquerque. Views along the way. Wagon Mound (butte off I 25) Santa Fe Continental Divide On to Arizona and California Thanks for your time!! Wishing you a wonderful day and Safe Travels! If you like our site 👍 like us to let us know. Or follow us to be notified when there’s a new post.

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