This is the fifth time that Jim and I have visited Colorado Springs
since May of 2010. Each time we've embraced the opportunity to camp at
Peregrine Pines FamCamp on the beautiful campus of the U.S. Air Force
Our spacious campsite, nestled
among the pines
Peregrine Pines is one of our all-time favorite campgrounds and the
Colorado Springs area is one of our favorite places to spend time in the
warmer months. At 6,700 feet in elevation, the campground stays pretty
chilly from October to April.
We arrived in Colorado Springs on May 15, about a week before the
cadets graduated. We didn't go to the ceremony this time -- once
was enough! We did enjoy the Thunderbirds air show practices the two
days prior to graduation again,
I could see all six of the
Thunderbird F-16s practicing when I was hiking on the Falcon Trail.
We'll be leaving tomorrow morning, Memorial Day, and heading north on
the next leg of our journey to Alaska.
As you know, it's difficult for me to stay current with this journal
because I'm too verbose, include lots of photos, and stay pretty busy
when we travel. An additional challenge on this trip will be sporadic
internet access in remote areas of Canada and Alaska.
I'm going to experiment with shorter synopses and fewer pictures in
the journal this summer. This entry is my first attempt at a synopsis.
Later I hope to go back and fill in the gaps with more narrative and
Entrance to the Academy of
Graduates Heritage Trail at the USAFA
Sometimes I'll skip topics I intend to write about later. In those
cases I'll direct you back to the topics page instead of the next page.
When that happens, just scroll down for the next topic with a date in
the right-hand column. Those have a link and are ready to read.
HIKES AND BIKE RIDES IN THE SPRINGS AREA
Jim and I didn't do a lot of new things during this visit to Colorado
Springs. We've seen most of the tourist attractions we want to see and
have found enough trails to keep us busy for many future visits.
Above and below: scenes
from the Falcon Loop on the USAF Academy grounds
This time we relaxed a lot, visited with good friends from the Denver
area, made some final preparations for our Alaska Trip (like changing
the oil in the truck and getting a big ole can of bear spray at REI),
and spent time on our computers using the campground's free WiFi to do
further research on the trip.
We got out every day to either hike (Cody and me) or ride our bikes
(Jim and me). The only new venue was the hike I did yesterday up Stanley
Canyon to the reservoir. That was a doozy!
Part of the rugged climb through
Cody enjoyed swimming in Stanley
I'll include a few photos in this entry from our rides and hikes on
the Falcon Loop Trail, the New Santa Fe Trail, Red Rocks Canyon
Park, the Barr Trail up Pike's
Peak, and Stanley Canyon.
View of the summit of Pike's Peak
from the Barr Trail
While we were in the Springs we ordered a new Garmin 205 wrist GPS
unit (best price was at Amazon.com) so now I can record accurate
distances and elevations on my hikes and bike rides. Jim's old Garmin
305 with HR monitor died several months ago and we didn't want to shell
out big bucks for a new battery. When he cycles he uses the old handheld
Garmin GPS that we originally bought in 2006 for me to use on the
Colorado Trail. He has a mount for it on his handlebars. It still works
Here are a couple more photos:
Jim enjoys a ride on the New
Santa Fe Trail
View from the Contemplation Trail
at Red Rocks Canyon
As always, we had a fine time in Colorado Springs. Now we're on our
way to Great Falls for a couple days, our last "stage" before crossing
the border into Canada.
"Runtrails & Company" - Sue Norwood, Jim O'Neil,
and Cody the ultra Lab
© 2012 Sue Norwood and Jim O'Neil