Archive for March, 2014


These Colorful Rock Formations Look Like What?

As always, I got lost in taking pictures at the Calhan Paint Mines and my hiking partner passed me by. So did another hiker. As I came around the bend I heard my hiking partner laughing with this gentleman hiker. She had thought I was right behind her and had pointed to a rock exclaiming, […]

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Paths Into Colorful Formations at the Paint Mines Park

As we walked across the prairie, the path started to climb upwards. The large rock at the top had a big smile on his dinosaur face, and we were soon to discover why. He had a magnificent view of the largest area of the Paint Mine formations that visitors get to view from above, the […]

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White Chalk Formations with their Yucca Companions

 It was hard to fathom how beautiful pure white formations could be unless you are walking among or above them. We hiked for a long stretch of Prairie, then looked down to see these are views that resembled looking into White Sands in New Mexico, but much harder lines and more colors intermingled in the […]

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Calhan Paint Mines Offers Wonderful Formations

There is a rich diversity of life out on the Colorado prairie that is rarely seen by visitors, as the mountains are the biggest draw. The Calhan Paint Mines is an archeological district on the plains of Colorado that has a very diverse ecological system that includes prairie, wetlands and badlands filled with fantastic formations. […]

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Hiking in the Colorful Paint Mines in Calhan Colorado

Now for a completely different type of hike out on the Colorado Prairie. One has to drive about an 45 minutes out from the edge of Colorado Springs to get to Calhan where the Paint Mines Interpretive Park is located. This is one of the most spirit renewing hikes I have ever taken. I was […]

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Brave Birds Among the Ancient Cedars in Garden of the Gods

This hike had many interesting facets to it, not an ordinary Garden of the Gods hike. When we stopped for a lunch break on the way back down, there were some very brave birds. I often leave some nuts or dried fruit for creatures to find when we are gone. I placed a few pistachios […]

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Cloud Faces in the Garden of the Gods

Everywhere I looked on this hike, I saw faces in the sky. Some were in groups, others just singular and very obvious. Every time I looked at this cloud formation above me while waiting for my hiking partner, I saw more and different cloud faces and creatures . Some seemed downright spooky, others were laughing […]

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Hiking Creek Beds and Among Ancient Cedars in Garden of the Gods

This is one of my Most Favorite Hikes in the Garden of the Gods, or anywhere. I hadn’t been on this “secret” trail in about two years. It starts off on a mellow creek bed, then there is an uphill climb to an open area. Next you can hike up to a grove of Ancient […]

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A Walk with Two Ladies Becomes a Uphill Hike

On Friday, my Greek friend and Kathleen Suggested we take a Walk together on Sunday. They had planned on parking their cars at my house to avoid the paid parking in Manitou Springs. But when I got up and started to get dressed, I saw that my cottage tenant had begun the process of moving […]

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Becky Elder Keeps the Carnivale Parade Characters In Line

Every Parade needs someone to keep it moving, but not have the participants not on top of each other. Becky has done this for many years. And on this cold and snowy day, Carnivale Parade participants wanted to get moving as fast as possible once the parade began. But that means they get bunched up and […]

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