Howard Johnson Express Inn - Colorado Springs
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... churches. One of the churches has an incredible spiral staircase that has even been on "Unsolved Mysteries". It was called Loretto Chapel and there are 2 different mysteries involved with this staircase. When the Chapel was completed in 1878, there was no way to access the choir loft that was 22 feet above. Carpenters were called in and no one could figure out how to build a staircase without taking up too much ...
... clouds to which we've become accustomed. Well, Bob says he'll be OK, the gas guage reads 1/2 (although we should have adjusted for the fact the toll booth is on an up-slope) and the weather gear is in the back. Well, the short version is that Dianne enjoyed the view from every turn, Bob's knuckles were white, his breathing shallow & he had a nose-bleed that started and stopped at the odd numbered ...
... We were lucky to link up with a park volunteer
who lead our group through the park explaining the geology; we learned a lot that we would not have if we wondered the paths ourselves. Wandering the park, the trading post store and watching the orientation film took up most of the afternoon. Prior to returning to the camper we did another of those mundane things, we went to the grocery store.
... and maybe for this best since we were told by someone who had driven it that they were fine going up but had to stop frequently to let the brakes on their vehicle cool. We never considered hiking it.
We board the train and begin our descent. We pass ...
... and dinner. It is just down the street from the hotel and the food was really good. By the time we had finished dinner, the storm had passed and the sun had come out. Lovely views from our hotel balcony. We also met a couple of local girls, cross Pit Bull and American Staffy, who were 3 months old. Sooo cute!
Tomorrow, depending on the weather (storms are predicted), we are going to check out Pikes ...