Basic Information

Narrative

One of the things my wife and I had on our itinerary while visiting the Hawaiian Island of Kauai was to drive to the end of Highway 550 and see the Kalalau Valley from the Pu’uo Kila Lookout.  The lookout is located in the expansive Koke’e State Park which encompasses much of Kauai’s thickly forested highlands:

read more

Basic Information

  • Name: Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center
  • Where: Woodland Park, Colorado
  • Price: Adult $11.50, Children $7.50 (more info)
  • Hours: Open 7 days a week except holidays (more info)
  • More Information: RMDRC.com

Picture from the Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center

Narrative

My kids like watching Dinosaur Train on PBS and like many kids this has developed a fascination with dinosaurs.  So a place we have been going to twice a year to give our kids their dinosaur fix locally has been the Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center (RMDRC) in Woodland Park.  The RMDRC cannot be missed when driving into Woodland Park from Colorado Springs since it is located right along Highway 24 and is easily visible:

read more

I woke up at 1:30 AM this morning to go outside and brave the cold weather to observe the Blood Moon that was visible over North and South America last night.  Here is a picture I shot looking up towards the Moon without using the zoom feature on my camera:

Picture of Blood Red Moon

 

The Moon was clearly quite red when looking at it with my eyes, but my camera did not quite capture the reddish color until I used the camera’s zoom feature to get a closer look:

Picture of Blood Red Moon

It took me a few shots to get a good picture because when using the zoom I had to hold the camera very still in the low light conditions to capture this image.  Keeping the camera still was a bit more challenging due to the cold weather outside here in Colorado.  Events like this though make me want to get a better camera to take pictures of the night sky which maybe I will do one day.  For those wondering what caused the Moon to have a reddish color due to the eclipse, here is the scientific explanation:

 

“When it is completely blocked from the sun,” says Petro, “the moon will appear a certain hue of red, which is the projection of all the sunsets on the Earth projected onto the face of the moon. It’s going to be quite spectacular and very beautiful.” That red hue has prompted some to dub this the “blood moon,” though it’s no bloodier than any other lunar eclipse.

“It’s a very subtle effect,” says Petro, “and if any part of the moon is illuminated in the sun, you can’t really see it.”  [Christian Science Monitor]

For those wanting a better look at the eclipse than what my camera could provide this CNN link has a good video from NASA that shows the eclipse and the Blood Moon that followed.

Basic Information

  • Name: Mangia! Mangia!
  • Where: Woodland Park, Colorado
  • Type of Restaurant: Italian
  • More Information: Mangia! Mangia! website

Picture from Mangia! Mangia!

Narrative

Last year I read in the local Gazette newspaper about how celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay was bringing his Kitchen Nightmares restaurant makeover show to little old Woodland Park just up the road from Colorado Springs.  The restaurant he selected to give a make over was an Italian restaurant called Mangia! Mangia! which is Italian for Eat! Eat!  I figured this may be the only time that my family and I would have a chance to eat at a restaurant that was given the Gordon Ramsay treatment, so we made the drive up to Woodland Park to have lunch at the restaurant.  Mangia! Mangia! was very easy to find since it is located inside an old Arby’s building just off of Highway 24 when you first drive into Woodland Park from Colorado Springs:

read more

Search Continues for Missing Minnesota Hikers in Colorado

http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2818/9041928380_27c4ae251a_z.jpg

The search for the two missing father and son hikers from Minnesota has a been a big story here in Colorado.  Yesterday the weather greatly improved which will hopefully help the search: Rescuers were back in the Echo Lake area …

 

On Walkabout At: The World Figure Skating Museum and Hall of Fame

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7447/13535675995_b7a6b8db96_z.jpg

Basic Information What: World Figure Skating Museum and Hall of Fame Where: Colorado Springs, Colorado Fee: Adults $5, Children 6-12 $3, Under 6 is free Hours: Tuesday-Friday 10am-4pm (Except for major holidays) More Information: World Figure Skating Museum website Narrative …

 

On Walkabout At: The 2014 Cripple Creek Ice Festival

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3781/13513356723_fb2b3c04fd_z.jpg

Basic Information What: Ice Festival Where: Cripple Creek, Colorado When: February 14-23, 2014 Cost: Free More Information: VisitCrippleCreek.com Narrative Back in February the historic gold mining town of Cripple Creek hosted its annual Ice Festival.  My wife and I were …

 

On Walkabout On: The Mt. Cutler Trail in Colorado Springs

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7271/13514588034_d9f9098169_z.jpg

Basic Information What: Mt. Cutler Trail Where: Colorado Springs, Colorado Distance: 2.5 miles Elevation Gain: 738 feet Difficulty: Time: 1-2 hours More Information: City of Colorado Springs website Mt. Cutler Topographic Map Mt. Cutler Elevation Map Narrative I was recently …

 

On Walkabout On: The Stanley to Monument Canyon Loop Hike

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7030/13402858074_d02c1777f3_z.jpg

Basic Information: What: Stanley to Monument Canyon Trail Where: US Air Force Academy, Colorado Max Elevation: 9,236 feet Distance: 13 miles round-trip Elevation Gain: 2,906 feet Time: 6-8 hours Difficulty: Easy – Medium – Hard – Difficult More Information: SummitPost.org …

 

On Walkabout On: The Lovell Gulch Trail, Colorado

http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2889/13328376103_433b677347_z.jpg

Basic Information: What: Lovell Gulch Where: Woodland Park, Colorado Elevation: 9,340 feet Distance: 6 miles round-trip Elevation Gain: 1,082 feet Time: 3-4 hours Difficulty: Easy – Medium – Hard – Difficult More Information: SummitPost.org Topographic Map for Lovell Gulch Trail …