Colorado’s St. Peters Dome

Just to the west of Colorado Springs, Colorado, is a short, but epic hike/climb known as Colorado’s St. Peters Dome. It’s located on an old dirt road leftover from the gold rush of 1859.  I think this formation is called St. Peters Dome, because if you don’t watch your step and stay vigilant the next…

The Glen After Dark

Colorado Springs was founded by General William Jackson Palmer after the Civil War. He built a castle for his family home and called the land at the mouth of Queen’s Canyon (named after his wife) Glen Eyrie. Today the family home and property is a stunningly beautiful conference center that shares much of the same…

In the Red Rock

Another look at the gorgeous red rock formations found in Colorado Spring’s Garden of the Gods Park. If you have never been here I can’t recommend this spot enough. The popularity of the park makes a visit a little challenging on weekends, especially during the summer months, but go on a weekday during the winter…

Glen Eyrie Castle

This is Glen Eyrie Castle, a hidden gem in Colorado Springs. It was originally built as a residential estate by General William Jackson Palmer, the founder of Colorado Springs. Palmer was a veteran of the civil war and a railroad tycoon. The castle is now a retreat center owned by The Navigators, a worldwide Christian…

“Peak’in” Through Rock

The Garden of the Gods Park in Colorado Springs is home to many beautiful red rock formations and with many hiking trails. My favorite short hike leads uphill to this formation known as the Siamese Twins because of the way the rock looks like two pillars joined at the hip. However, the most stunning aspect of…

Beyond the Garden

I am one of those people who really like to explore new places. I will return to a place, but only if I feel there is something new to discover. I have been to the Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs more times than I can remember. When we first moved to the Springs…

The Lift Off of the Hot Air Balloons

The hot air balloons lift off again from Colorado Springs this morning for the last day of the annual Labor Day Lift Off. I hope you all have had a great Labor Day weekend and an amazing Labor Day today. I will be at Prospect Lake once again in Memorial Park celebrating Labor Day and…

The Labor Day Lift Off in Colorado Springs

For over 40 years Colorado Springs residents have celebrated the Labor Day weekend with three days of hot air balloons. This event is known rather poetically as The Labor Day Lift Off. Over the next three days, the entire town will seemingly come out to Memorial Park to celebrate in the activities. Live music, water…

Burned Out

Five years ago today the Waldo Canyon Fire burned through the front range of the Rocky Mountains along the west side of Colorado Springs, Colorado. My wife and I moved to the area about a year earlier from a region of the country that had ample rain. As such, neither of us had ever experienced…

Thunderbirds

Today is the United States Air Force Academy graduation. Every year the Air Force’s most skilled pilots, the Thunderbird Squadron, descend on Colorado Springs for several days of practice flights. As I write this post I can hear them outside my house practicing for tomorrow’s performance. It is truly a magnificent arial ballet to see…

Aircraft Cross

The Air Force Academy Chapel in Colorado Springs, Colorado is an amazing structure. The architect, Walter Netsch, was a visionary. He undertook creating a facility out of aluminum as it is the construction material for Air Force jets. He also wanted the triangular shape of the structure to reflect the trinity. The 1″ thick stained glass lights…