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PostPosted: Mon Sep 04, 2017 9:40 pm 
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We decided to try a little something different for the four-day Labor Day weekend we had. We got way off the beaten path, out of cell phone range, 4G range, even gave up WiFi to enjoy a mountain cabin and explore a couple places we had never been to before.

We headed about 35-40 miles west of Colorado Springs in a remote area and enjoyed a mountain cabin for a few days. Here's the front porch and front door:
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It is a vacation rental so it is privately owned and the owners live there part time.

The closest we got to wildlife this weekend:
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Three Mule Deer were checking us out as we were unloading the car.

Here's a little tour of the cabin starting with the living room just inside the front door:
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The main feature of the cabin was the foosball table in the den/study area just off the living room:
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My boys played this pretty much the whole time we were at the cabin.

View from the large kitchen back toward the living room:
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Master bedroom with large bathroom:
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Oh yeah. :bedsex:

This area is full of granite rock formations. I got a couple of pictures because they are cool looking and completely reminded me of a Missouri State Park called Elephant Rocks, which is a huge area of very large granite boulders. These were along the road leading to our cabin:
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On Saturday we checked out Florissant Fossil Beds and petrified forest. I hadn't been here in 20 or so years so I barely remember it. It is considered a national park, but only $5/person to get in.

The place basically features the Redwood forest that once stood here millions of years ago. At that time, it was just like the Redwood Forest that currently stands in California. That is until a volcano about 15 miles away erupted and sent what is known as a Lahar into the valley and wiped out the forest leaving nothing but just the redwood tree stumps and they eventually became petrified over time.

So here's the entrance to the visitor center:
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On the trail to the main feature in the park. Bunch of wildflowers along the way:
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Here are some more petrified tree stumps:
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The "Big Stump" is the main feature at the park. Many decades ago, before the area was owned by NPS, people tried to cut this thing out but failed. You can see the remains of saw blades sticking out toward the top of the stump.
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Closer shot of "Big Stump":
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Interesting how past life and present life is brought into one. Here's an old petrified Redwood stump that has a new(ish) Ponderosa Pine tree growing out of it:
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On Sunday we headed south about 15 miles to Cripple Creek. Since this was a huge mining town over 120 years ago, the railroad once had a huge presence here too.

We are getting ready to board the Cripple Creek & Victor Narrow Gauge Railroad for a quick 45 minute train ride into mining history.

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Views of old mine shacks, shafts, and abandoned equipment can be seen along the way.
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End of the line and overlooking the only working mine in the area and it is owned by Newmont Mining.
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Overlooking Echo Valley. At this point, the train stopped and the engineer blew the whistle and the echo was really cool!
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Heading back to the Cripple Creek Station, the train physically turns itself around by backing through a series of wye switches. Here is the end of one of the wye tracks.
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Just about to get back to the station, we see the other train approaching. We do go through another series of wyes to reverse and back up into the station.
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Second tourist stop in Cripple Creek was the historic Cripple Creek Jailhouse Museum. Originally built in 1901, it served as a working jail for Teller County Sheriff until 1992. Jack Dempsey did time here in the early 1900s.
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You can even dress up as an inmate and "do time" in the cells.
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Two of my boys in jail for their crimes. They've got a bunch of them!
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Of course, what's a visit to a small town without stopping at an ice cream shop? There are three of them in downtown Cripple Creek.
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Couple shots of downtown Cripple Creek which is basically the center of the casino district:
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So there you have it! I couldn't get this song out of my head the whole time were in that town:



Highly recommend giving this part of the state a try and for the same price as a typical hotel in the area, you can rent a mountain cabin and get better accommodations in return.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 05, 2017 3:56 am 
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Nice work.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 05, 2017 4:12 am 
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Racketh the PET!

Unrack the lack of bikini pic as previously promised :confused2:

"Master bedroom with large bath...." is that carpet in the bathroom... :ask: :barf:

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 05, 2017 4:46 am 
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Dtown....if you want to get Waaay off the beaten path look into these cabins in the Lake City area. San Juan mountains.

Oleo Ranch

they are at 10k feet surrounded by wilderness. No lectricity, only propane. :banana:

If you have more semen in your blood than actual blood, like Melton, you'll be uncomfortable and probably die up there. But you appear fit so I highly recommend you book for next year.

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Did the family borrow those lids from your closet?

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Nice PET. Better than watching college football?


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 05, 2017 7:55 am 
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Dunn28 wrote:
Racketh the PET!

Unrack the lack of bikini pic as previously promised :confused2:

"Master bedroom with large bath...." is that carpet in the bathroom... :ask: :barf:


I never promised bikini pic(s). I say there MAY be a pic or two. Sorry that didn't happen.

Yeah carpet in a bathroom is not the best. But hey we're not the owners.

CA sounds like a place to consider for my wife and me but not for the kids. Thanks for the recommendation.

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Debinately, anniversary setting. :cheers:

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I don't know why I think this, and I sure don't want to find out personally, but I imagine sex with Schmick as being how John Hobbes described life outside society as "poor, nasty, brutish and short."


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Did the family borrow those lids from your closet?



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 06, 2017 7:04 am 
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RACK d-townmike for taking .net along on his FUCKING FAMILY vacation.

Nice work as always on the PET.


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Rack the PET. Isn't that Cripple Nipple Creek thing somewhere around Woodland Paaaaahk and Pike's Peak? My Aunt used to live there and talked about going there occasionally.



Edit: I googled it, not quite, but sort of. :lol:


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 06, 2017 7:40 am 
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Russ are you drunk?

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Superb PET! Rack it.

But. I have to know. Did you have to get a hotel room on the way to the Springs or did you man up and do it in one trip? XO

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Club America wrote:
Russ are you drunk?


No, I was just half awake when posting. :cheers:


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molly wrote:
Superb PET! Rack it.

But. I have to know. Did you have to get a hotel room on the way to the Springs or did you man up and do it in one trip? XO


Oh, ha ha, Molly! :roll:

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