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Colorado Day 9
11 Aug 2017
Our original plan for day 9 was to go to Sand Dunes National Park, but that got scrapped at the last minute because we decided it was a little farther than we wanted to drive. So, being the intrepid trip planners that we are, we pulled out some of our backup sites. We spent the morning at the Pueblo Zoo. It was smaller than the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, but also less tiring to not be walking up and down the side of a mountain. We needed something to do to kill some time before heading to the Royal Gorge Route Railroad, for which we'd ordered tickets the night before, so we decided a prison museum would be a good idea. Actually, we'd passed the Colorado Territorial Prison a few times the day before and noticed the attached museum. It was interesting. it's actually housed in a former part of the prison. After that, we hopped aboard a domed rail car and steamed into Royal Gorge. The Gorge is just as awesome from the bottom as it is the top. Actually, we opted to spend much of the ride aboard the open-air car so that we could get a better look at the gorge.

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DAY 8 | COLORADO INDEX | DAY 10
09-001 Pueblo Zoo Sign 09-002 Great Horned Owl 09-003 Porcupine
We decided to spend our morning at the Pueblo Zoo
The great horned owl is watching us
We’ve seen an inordinate number or porcupines on this trip
09-005 Zebra 09-006 East African Crowned Crane 09-007 Alpacas
A zebra enjoying a mid-morning snack
The East African crowned crane looks like a painting or maybe a cartoon.
Zoo volunteers take the alpacas for a walk each morning.
09-009 Pallas Cat 09-011 Turtoise 09-012 Turtles
This cuddly looking critter is a pallas cat
This tortoise appears to have stolen a ball from the ball pit.
I don’t know exactly what kind of turtles these are but I know someone who will tell me when she sees this photo.
09-013 Rabbit 09-014 Rabbits 09-015 Guinea Hogs
The Easter Bunny?
These rabbits look like stuffed animals
Guinea hogs
09-017 Goats 09-018 Goats 09-022 Goats
This goat has better balance than I ever will.
Goats seem to love to pose for photos
I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a fuzzy goat before.
09-023 Goat 09-024 Watusi 09-025 Railroad Spike Sunflowers
Hello there goat!
A watusi steer
These railroad spike sunflowers are always in bloom.
09-026 Camel 09-027 Lions 09-029 Lions
It’s a camel
One of these lions looks bored
These lions look as if someone posed them on the rocks.
09-030 Kangaroo 09-032 Sun Bear 09-033 Takin
It took a while to find the kangaroos but we did it.
I had no idea sun bears existed. They’re from Asia.
Another guy from Asia, a takin.
09-034 Swift Fox 09-036 Turtle 09-038 Hyacynth Macaw
A swift fox. That’s not a commentary on his speed, that’s what they’re called.
A turtle swims up to greet us
This hyacynth macaw might have a drinking problem.
09-041 Duckling 09-042 Duck & Duckling 09-043 Peacock
This duckling was tiny
The mother duck was teaching her ducklings to swim for the first time. It was fascinating (and cute) to watch.
A free-roaming peacock
09-044 Otter 09-045 Prison Museum Sign 09-046 Colorado Territorial Prison
It’s tough to get a good photo of an otter.
Not many people can say they went to a prison museum while on vacation.
The prison museum is at an actual working prison, the Colorado Territorial Prison/State Penitentiary.
09-047 Prison Cornerstone 09-048 Colorado State Penitentiary Sign 09-049 Mom in Prison Cell
The prison was open in 1935
The prison museum is at an actual working prison, the Colorado Territorial Prison/State Penitentiary.
My mother tries out a prison cell
09-052 Prison Cell Exhibit 09-053 Guard Towers 09-054 Prison Riot Display
A typical prison cell
Looking out the window of the museum to the maximum security prison right next door
A prison cell after a riot
09-056 Confiscated Knives Table 09-057 Mom in Prison Cell 09-059 Unlawful to Kill Tee Shirt
All of the knives embedded in this table were confiscated from prisoners.
My mother doesn’t appear to be happy about being locked in this cell even though it doesn’t look very secure.
Aint that the truth!
09-060 Corrections Officers Patches 09-061 Prison Wall 09-063 Gas Chamber
A correctional officer patch from every state
Looking out the window of the museum to the maximum security prison right next door
This is an actual gas chamber. Probably the most morbid museum display ever.
09-067 Arkansas River 09-070 Locomotive 09-075 Locomotive
The Arkansas River flows through Canon City.
Checking out some historic locomatives as we wait for our train.
Here comes our ride!
09-076 Train 09-078 Open Air Car 09-079 Train Station
Our tickets are for the dome car.
The open air car looks like it’ll afford great views
We started out at the train station in Canon City
09-080 Locomotive 09-081 Locomotive 09-082 Dome Car
Here comes our ride!
Another historic locomotive
Our tickets are for the dome car.
09-084 Dome Car Interior 09-085 Water Pipe 09-088 Open Air Car
Settling in to our seats in the dome car
This water pipe was built by the prisoners of the prison we visited earlier.
We spent much of our trip on the open air car so we could get unobstructed views (and photos).
09-090 Royal Gorge 09-091 Arkansas River 09-092 Face in Rock
It’s hard to believe that this river carved the massive Royal Gorge
The Arkansas River is getting a little more rough.
This rock formation looks like a face. Can you see it?
09-093 House 09-094 Royal Gorge 09-096 Arkansas River
The remnants of some homes exist in the gorge.
The layers of rock in Royal Gorge are fascinating.
A little white water on the Arkansas River
09-101 Royal Gorge Bridge 09-102 Aerial Tram 09-103 Water Pipe
Looking up at the Royal Gorge Bridge. We were way up there the day before!
Looking up at the aerial tram. We were way up there the day before!
This water pipe was built by the prisoners of the prison we visited earlier.
09-105 Royal Gorge Bridge 09-106 Royal Gorge Bridge 09-108 Aerial Tram
Looking up at the Royal Gorge Bridge. We were way up there the day before!
Looking up at the Royal Gorge Bridge. We were way up there the day before!
Looking up at the aerial tram. We were way up there the day before!
09-110 Royal Gorge 09-112 Sluice 09-113 Cave
Steaming through Royal Gorage
This sluice allows water to be pulled out of the river for the local residents to use for irrigation of their lawn, etc. for free. That’s a good deal!
You can explore this cave. We did not.
09-114 Colorado Territorial Prison 09-115 Colorado Territorial Correctional Facility Sign
Passing the prison we visited earlier, Colorado Territorial Prison.
Passing the prison we visited earlier, Colorado Territorial Prison.

DAY 8 | COLORADO INDEX | DAY 10

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