Base of the Rockies

Traveling across the rest of Kansas and into Colorado across the prairie plains, it was amazingly wide open, mostly flat landscape. We saw our first pronghorn as the Rockies started to appear on the horizon. More wind farms of dozens of huge wind turbines along the way. The closer we got to Colorado Springs, the bigger the mountains. Pikes Peak is hard to miss. We have stayed two nights at a cozy little RV park in Falcon. Our site looks out across a huge meadow with Pikes Peak in the background. This morning we looked out to see a herd of pronghorn. Since we are in rut season, the males were zipping around herding the females. Way cool.

Pronghorn watching his herd

Pronghorn watching his herd

Last night we went into the Springs to check out yet more micro breweries (yes, it does seem like a theme at this point) and had dinner at the Ritz Grill. What a nice town, very walkable, dog and bicycle friendly and the sunny weather has a nice cool edge to it. Breweries we sampled included Phantom Canyon, Fieldhouse, and Gold Camp.

Phantom Brewery

Phantom Brewery

Today we tried our best to get to Golden early, but two accident backups on the interstates slowed us down and we waited almost an hour to start the tour at Coors due to the Saturday crowd. Truth be told, we kinda zipped along the self-guided tour of the plant to get to the sampling room. Oh yeah!

Here's to you!

Here’s to you!

Ice cold

Ice cold

Responsible sampling of course, but some nice flavors. Then we walked around Golden to find Mountain Toad Brewery and found their beer very refreshing. Golden is yet again a small, friendly, walkable town with a lot of charm.

Welcome to Golden

Welcome to Golden

Streetside

Streetside

On the way out of town we had just enough time to check out Red Rocks Amphitheater, only to find it was booked for an evening event, so we didn’t get down into the actual amphitheater to see it. We also only saw Denver from the mountain, so that will probably have to wait for another trip. So much to see.

Denver

Denver

Red Rocks

Red Rocks

Ok, story time once again. As I have said before, when you travel with an RV there are a lot of moving parts and systems to get straight. If you try to rush the departure or arrival too much, you miss a detail that might bite you. When we packed up in Goodland’s KOA, we added some water to the onboard tank. To do that, you flip the lever to City Tank Fill from City Fill. Once you add water you are supposed to flip the switch back to City Fill (which I have labeled city service, because “fill” confuses me). Sounds good, right?

Well, when we arrived in Falcon and hooked up water and electric, we thought all was well and went inside to have lunch. Benji needed to go out a bit later, so Jackie opens the door and says, “Uh, Doug, we have a problem.” Water was running out of the bottom of the RV and down out of our site. I rushed to shut off the supply and we opened the basement door to find the plastic bins of tools and such all overflowing with water. Arghhh! I had forgotten to flip the lever and we had overfilled the water tank onboard once again (happened in Florida also). Talk about feeling like a schmuck, it took me most of the day to dry everything out and get over blaming myself. Just another cautionary tale.

So each time we depart or arrive, I am pledging to take it slow and deliberate so we don’t miss anything critical.

Cheyenne Mountain is coming up tomorrow.

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