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Colorado Day 8
10 Aug 2017
Day 8 was a busy one. We got up and drove to Canon City to visit Royal Gorge Bridge and Park. We walk across the suspension bridge and back, took a aerial gondola ride over the gorge and walked around the park. We even bumped into some big horn sheep which were one of the animals we'd been hoping to see in the wild. We drove into Downtown Canon City to go to the Owl Cigar Store for lunch before heading to Cripple Creek for a tour of The Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine. We squeezed into a tiny skip (miner's elevator) and went 1000 feet below ground to learn about the history and methods of gold mining. We left with a piece of ore, that I'm pretty sure is worth as much as the rocks in my yard but it makes a nice souvenir. We ended the day back at the Pueblo Riverwalk. This time we got there in time for a boat ride and dinner at one of the restaurants overlooking the Riverwalk.

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DAY 7 | COLORADO INDEX | DAY 9
08-002 Pike's Peak 08-003 Pike's Peak 08-004 Canon City Sign
That’s Pike’s Peak off in the distance
That’s Pike’s Peak off in the distance
We spent the morning in Canon City.
08-006 US-50 08-008 Royal Gorge Park Sign 08-009 Mountains
Driving along US Route 50
Headed to Royal Gorge Park today
I’m pretty sure there’s no such thing around here as a road without amazing scenery.
08-011 Royal Gorge 08-013 Royal Gorge Bridge 08-014 Royal Gorge
There’s Royal Gorge!
Looking across the Royal Gorge Bridge
The view down into Royal Gorge to the Arkansas River
08-015 Royal Gorge 08-016 Royal Gorge 08-017 Royal Gorge Bridge
The view down into Royal Gorge to the Arkansas River
Looking out over Royal Gorge
Crossing the gorge
08-019 Royal Gorge Bridge 08-022 Arkansas River 08-023 Rafter
Crossing the gorge
That’s the Arkansas River way down there
I have no problam standing on this bridge, but you wouldn’t catch me rafting on the river
08-027 Royal Gorge Bridge Cable Anchors 08-028 Royal Gorge Bridge 08-029 Royal Gorge Bridge
The cable anchors keeping this thing from falling into the gorge.
The cable anchors keeping this thing from falling into the gorge.
The Royal Gorge Bridge from the other rim
08-031 Royal Gorge Bridge 08-034 Big Horn Sheep 08-035 Big Horn Sheep
The Royal Gorge Bridge from the other rim
A herd of big horn sheep wandered through while we were there.
A herd of big horn sheep wandered through while we were there.
08-036 Big Horn Sheep 08-037 Big Horn Sheep 08-040 Royal Gorge Bridge
A herd of big horn sheep wandered through while we were there.
This big horn sheep doesn’t look too happy with me
The Royal Gorge Bridge looks a lot longer from here.
08-042 Royal Gorge Bridge 08-043 Aerial Tram 08-046 Aerial Tram
The Royal Gorge Bridge’s towers are perched on the edges of the gorge.
You can also cross Royal Gorge by aerial tram. We did that too.
You can also cross Royal Gorge by aerial tram. We did that too.
08-047 Aerial Tram 08-049 Aerial Tram 08-052 Big Horn Sheep
You can also cross Royal Gorge by aerial tram. We did that too.
You can also cross Royal Gorge by aerial tram. We did that too.
A herd of big horn sheep wandered through while we were there.
08-054 Plaza Theater 08-055 Royal Gorge Bridge 08-056 Royal Gorge Railroad
We stopped in the theatre to watch a short film about Royal Gorge
Ready to walk back over the Royal Gorge Bridge
There’s goes the train. We’ll ride that tomorrow.
08-057 Royal Gorge Railroad 08-058 Aerial Tram 08-061 Aerial Tram
The open air car on the train gives a great view of the gorge
You can also cross Royal Gorge by aerial tram. We did that too.
You can also cross Royal Gorge by aerial tram. We did that too.
08-062 Arkansas River 08-063 Royal Gorge Bridge 08-065 Royal Gorge & Mountains
Looking way down to the Arkansas River
And we’re back where we started
The scenery here is always amazing
08-070 Water Clock 08-072 Aerial Tram Station 08-076 Downtown Canon City
The Royal Gorge Water Clock
Waiting to board the aerial tram.
Downtown Canon City is a quaint little place
08-077 The Owl Cigar Store 08-078 The Owl Cigar Store 08-079 The Owl Cigar Store
We had lunch at the Owl Cigar Store which is a diner that’s frozen in time. That time is 1951.
We had lunch at the Owl Cigar Store which is a diner that’s frozen in time. That time is 1951.
We had lunch at the Owl Cigar Store which is a diner that’s frozen in time. That time is 1951.
08-081 The Owl Cigar Store 08-083 The Owl Cigar Store Cash Register 08-084 Downtown Canon City
We had lunch at the Owl Cigar Store which is a diner that’s frozen in time. That time is 1951.
We had lunch at the Owl Cigar Store which is a diner that’s frozen in time. That time is 1951.
Downtown Canon City is a quaint little place
08-085 Saint Cloud Hotel 08-086 Downtown Canon City 08-089 Sunflowers
The Saint Cloud Hotel in downtown Canon City
Downtown Canon City is a quaint little place
Sunflowers like this grow all over Colorado along the roadside.
08-090 CO-67 08-091 Grass & Clouds 08-092 Cripple Creek Sign
Driving over the rolling hils of CO Route 67
Travelling under amazing blue skies
Arriving in Cripple Creek on the backside of Pike’s Peak
08-093 Cripple Creek 08-094 Donkeys at Large Sign 08-095 Cripple Creek
The small town of Cripple Creek is on the backside of Pike’s Peak
Yes, there are mules at large in Cripple Creek.
The small town of Cripple Creek is on the backside of Pike’s Peak
08-098 Mining Country Sign 08-099 Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine Sign 08-100 Mine Skip
Cripple Creek is mining country
We took a tour of the Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine
This mine skip is our ride to the bottom of the 1000 foot mine shaft
08-102 Drill Bit Flowers 08-103 Mine Bell Signal Sign 08-104 Mom in Hard Hat
Even miners are creative. These flowers are made of drill bits and such.
Mines use a system of bells to summon the mine skip (elevator).
My mother is ready to go mining
08-105 Michael in Hard Hat 08-106 Mine Skip Farting Sign 08-107 Mom in Mine Skeep
Ready to head deep into the Earth!
Stay classy miners.
The mine skip (elevator) is small. And we’re going to put 6 people in it. She’s telling me I’m next.
08-108 1000 Feet Underground Sign 08-109 Mine Rail Car 08-110 Mine Tunnel
We’ve arrived at our destination 1000 feet below ground.
Air powered trains are used in the mine.
We’re insanely deep below the surface.
08-112 Mine Shaft 08-113 Minerals 08-114 Mannequin in Mine Shaft
I’m glad I don’t have to climb up there.
There are all sorts of minerals in the mine.
I’m glad I don’t have to climb up there.
08-118 Mine Tunnel 08-119 Mine Bucket 08-120 Tour Guide
The mine tunnels are surprisingly roomy.
Buckets like this are used to move ore between levels.
This is our tour guide, a professional miner.
08-121 Visitor Center 08-122 Cripple Creek Sign 08-126 BNSF Freight Train
The visitor center at the Mollie Kathleen
Welcome to Cripple Creek
When I think of the west, I think of freight trains crossing open spaces.
08-127 BNSF Freight Train 08-128 Riverwalk Boat 08-129 Pueblo Riverwalk
When I think of the west, I think of freight trains crossing open spaces.
Tonight we got to the Pueblo Riverwalk early enough for a boat ride.
Cruising the Pueblo Riverwalk
08-130 Riverwalk Boat 08-131 Pueblo Riverwalk 08-133 Pueblo Riverwalk
The Pueblo Riverwalk boat isn’t crowded tonight. We get a private tour!
Cruising the Pueblo Riverwalk
Cruising the Pueblo Riverwalk
08-134 Animal Statues 08-135 Zebulon Pike Memorial 08-136 Pueblo Riverwalk
Statues along the Pueblo Riverwalk
A memorial to Zebulon Pike
The Pueblo Riverwalk is quiet and peaceful tonight
08-137 Fishing Boy Statue 08-138 Pueblo Riverwalk 08-140 Pueblo City Hall
Just a boy and his dog fishing
Golden hour at the Pueblo Riverwalk
Pueblo City Hall
08-141 Pueblo Riverwalk 08-142 Colorado Flag 08-143 Veterans' Bridge
The Pueblo Riverwalk also has space for events. It was nice a quiet tonight though.
The Colorado state flag at sunset
Veterans' Bridge crosses the Pueblo Riverwalk and honors veterans of all branches of the military
08-144 Fries & Pueblo Chiles 08-145 Brues Alehouse 08-146 Veterans' Bridge
Regardless of carbs, we had to have something with Pueblo chiles on it while in Pueblo.
We dined at Brues Alehouse right on the riverwalk
Walking off the great dinner up on Veterans' Bridge after dark.

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