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Colorado Day 7
9 Aug 2017
On our final day in Colorado Springs, drove up to Cheyenne Mountain to visit the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. It's unlike any other zoo in the country because it is on the side of a mountain. All I kept thinking as we walked around is that somewhere deep within the mountain is an entire Air Force Base. (and for the Stargate SG-1 fans out there, I was also wondering about the stargate somewhere underneath us. LOL.) The zoo is also unique because of it's massive giraffe herd which we stopped and fed when we first arrived. We then went to the Olympic Training Center for a tour. That was really interesting. It was awe inspiring to see how the athletes train knowing that famous names you'd recognize, like Michael Phelps, did their training for the Olympics right there. We then left town and drove to Pueblo. We were early so we took a walk around the Pueblo Riverwalk even though we were too late for a boat ride.

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DAY 6 | COLORADO INDEX | DAY 8
07-001 Mountains & Moon 07-002 Moon 07-004 Bird
The early morning view from our hotel room
An early morning moon
One of many birds on many spruce trees
07-006 Broadmoor Sign 07-007 Broadmoor Resort 07-010 Shrine of the Sun
The Broadmoor is a fancy resort at the foot of Cheyenne Mountain
The Broadmoor is a fancy resort at the foot of Cheyenne Mountain
The Will Rogers Shrine of the Sun sits atop Cheyenne Mountain
07-013 Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Sign 07-014 Mom & Giraffe 07-015 Giraffe
The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is America’s only mountain zoo
My mother with the first giraffe we saw. The rest will be real ones.
Up close and personal with a giraffe!
07-017 Giraffes 07-018 Giraffe 07-021 Giraffes
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo’s giraffe herd is the largest at any zoo.
One of Cheyenne Mountain Zoo’s many giraffes
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo’s giraffe herd is the largest at any zoo.
07-022 Giraffe 07-023 Giraffe 07-026 Mom & Giraffe
Up close and personal with a giraffe!
Some giraffes are more rude than others
I believe my mother is having a conversation with this giraffe.
07-027 Mom & Giraffe 07-028 Michael & Giraffe 07-032 Mom & Giraffe
My mother feeding a giraffe some romaine.
I got in on the giraffe feeding action too.
My mother made a new giraffe friend
07-033 Mom & Giraffe 07-034 Michael & Giraffe 07-035 Red River Hog
It takes skill (or lettuce) to get a giraffe to pose for a photo.
At least one eye is facing the camera
This is a red river hog
07-038 Lion 07-039 Lion 07-041 Colobus Monkey
The king of the jungle on his favorite rock
The king of the jungle on his favorite rock
A colobus monkey
07-043 Hyrax 07-044 Zebra 07-045 Giraffes
This guy is a hyrax
This zebra is smart to stay out of the bright high altitude sun.
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo’s giraffe herd is the largest at any zoo.
07-047 Lions 07-048 Lion 07-049 Rhinoceros
The lions look so peaceful when they’re not eating you
Lions and house cats really are similar.
A rhinoceros peeking out into the sun
07-050 Meerkat 07-051 Meerkat 07-052 Peahen
Meerkats are oddly photogenic
Meerkats are oddly photogenic
A wandering peahen
07-053 Peacock 07-056 Porcupine 07-058 Peahens
A wandering peacock
Those are some scary looking quills on that porcupine
Some wandering peahens
07-061 View from Cheyenne Mountain 07-062 Elephant 07-063 Elephant
The view from Cheyenne Mountain Zoo goes on for miles and miles
There’s probably a joke to made about elephants in the sun and wrinkles.
This elephant is mid dirt bath
07-065 Elephant 07-069 Wallaby 07-070 Parakeets
The elephants have to stretch for their treats
The wallabys roam free in the Aussie section of the zoo. It’s very cool!
Walking around in the parakeet room
07-071 Parakeets 07-072 Peacock 07-073 Alligator
Walking around in the parakeet room
There are peacocks everywhere
These alligators are huge!
07-074 Alligator 07-075 Kangaroo 07-077 Matschie's Tree Kangaroo
These alligators are huge!
If that kangaroo could reach the doorknob, he’d be out of here.
This is a Matschie's tree kangaroo. You’re welcome for that bit of knowledge.
07-078 Red Eared Slider Turtle 07-079 Leopard 07-080 Tiger
This isn’t just a turtle. It’s a red eared slider.
I wonder what this leopard is contemplating.
This tiger sleeps anyplace he wishes.
07-083 Chair Lift 07-085 Mountain Lion 07-086 Moose
The view from Cheyenne Mountain Zoo goes on for miles and miles
The snaggletooth on this mountain lion cracks me up, as long he’s on the other side of glass and not sinking it into me.
We also saw moose in the wild, but I wouldn’t get this close to them.
07-088 Turkey 07-089 Porcupine 07-092 Goat
This turkey looks like he belongs on a Thanksgiving card.
Who knew porcupines were such climbers
The goats get the most fun habitat.
07-093 Monkey 07-094 Goat 07-097 American Kestral
I’m not sure of the exact species, so we’ll just call this a monkey
The goats will put their head through any opening they can find.
This bird of prey is an American kestral
07-098 Colorado Springs 07-099 Gorilla 07-100 Gorilla
You get a good view of downtown Colorado Springs from atop Cheyenne Mountain
This gorilla looks very serious.
This gorilla looks very serious.
07-102 Mountain Goat 07-103 Chairlift 07-104 Chickens
A local guy, a mountain goat.
Riding the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo chairlift
Looking down on some chickens from the chairlift
07-105 View from Cheyenne Mountain 07-107 View from Cheyenne Mountain 07-111 Mountain Goat
The view from Cheyenne Mountain Zoo goes on for miles and miles
Riding the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo chairlift
A local guy, a mountain goat.
07-112 Pumpkin Statue 07-113 General William Palmer Statue 07-115 Olympic Training Center Sign
It’s the Great Pumpkin!
General William Palmer, originally an east coast guy, founded Colorado Springs
Entering the US Olympic Training Center for a tour
07-116 Olympic Training Center Sign 07-117 We Train Here Sign 07-118 Apollo Ohno Sign
Waiting for our tour of the US Olympic Training Center
They do train here
We’re greeted by a giant Apollo Ohno.
07-119 Bobsled 07-120 US Olympic Team Sign 07-121 Olympic Shooting Center
Bobsled is one of my favorite Winter Olympic sports
Walking through the grounds of the US Olympic Training Center
The Olympic Shooting Center
07-122 Olympic Shooting Center 07-123 Boxing Ring 07-124 Wresting Center
Inside the Olympic Shooting Center
The boxing gym
The wrestling gym
07-125 Olympic Truce Monument 07-126 Aquatics Center 07-130 Volleyball & Basketball Gym
This monument honors the Olympic Truce
It’s awe inspiring to think of all the swimmers who’ve trained here, not the least of which is Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time
This gym is home to the volleyball and basketball teams
07-132 Gymnastics Gym 07-134 Track Gym 07-137 Olympic Cauldron
The gymnasts train here
The track and field gym is an impressive facility
This Olympic cauldron burns when the games are going on.
07-139 Olympic Strength Statue 07-141 Olympic Strength Statue 07-142 Athletes Statue
This statue is simply entitled Olympic Strength
This statue is simply entitled Olympic Strength
This is the coolest statue on the grounds, in my humble opinion
07-143 Hockey Uniforms 07-144 Beer Cheese Soup 07-145 Edelweiss Restaurant
US Olympic hockey team uniforms
We stopped at a German restaurant for dinner. This is beer cheese soup.
The German restaurant we stopped at for dinner was called Edelweiss.
07-147 Kids & Hose Fountain 07-148 Kids, Dog & Hose Fountain 07-149 Pueblo Riverwalk
This statue and fountain is at the Pueblo Riverwalk
This statue and fountain is at the Pueblo Riverwalk
The Pueblo Riverwalk runs through downtown Pueblo
07-151 Pueblo Riverwalk Boat 07-154 Riverwalk Sign 07-155 Waterfall
We got to the Pueblo Riverwalk a little late for a boat ride. Maybe tomorrow.
The Pueblo Riverwalk runs through downtown Pueblo
The Pueblo Riverwalk’s mini waterfall
07-156 Pueblo Riverwalk 07-157 Rainbow & Flags 07-161 Longhorn Statue
Yes, that’s a rainbow over the Pueblo Riverwalk.
Why yes, I did arrange to have a rainbow pass behind the Colorado state flag just so I could get a good photo.
Random longhorn steer statue at the riverwalk
07-162 Walks Among Stars Indian Statue 07-164 Sun on Clouds
This statue of an American Indian is called Walks Among Stars
An amazing sunlit cloud over the local Loaf ’N Jug.

DAY 6 | COLORADO INDEX | DAY 8

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