A Gem of a Day
Trip Start Aug 29, 2013
18Trip End Sep 15, 2013
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But when we got to the top, it was worth it. Gem Lake is really small and has no inlet or outlet
After lunch we headed back down, which took a lot less time, but it was hard on my knees. I was really ready to get out of my hiking boots and sit in the car and let the wind blow in my face for a while. We decided to go back to Denver via US 34 which took us through Big Thompson Canyon. The Canyon was formed by the Big Thompson River which we followed all the way out of the mountains. There were lots of cottages lining the canyon where there was room. We saw lots of people fishing all along the river. The most spectacular steep cliffs were at the end of the canyon. When we left the canyon the land leveled out really quickly and it was so flat you would have thought we were back in Ohio. We followed US 34 through Loveland and then got on I-25 south to 470 the Tollway Outerbelt of Denver. They took a picture of our license plate and we will get a bill in the mail for the toll
Larry and I headed west from the airport and then south on 270 toward Colorado Springs. We didn't get far before my phone rang and it was Erin calling from the airport to tell us she left her coat in the trunk. So we turned around and went back to the airport to deliver her coat. By now it was 4:00. We had originally dropped her off about 3:15. Luckily her plane didn't leave until 6:25 so she had plenty of time. We headed south again. Eventually we found ourselves approaching the mountains again. We passed Castle Rock, the city and the rock for which the city is named. Before long we came across the North Entrance to the Air Force Academy and I wondered if any of my former students are still there. I thought about John Amnah who graduated from there and wondered where he is now. We saw the Chapel and some of the other buildings from the road and then we saw the stadium. Before long we were at our exit which is also the exit for the Garden of the Gods Park. We checked into the La Quinta about 5:30.
We decided to go check out the park before supper. We drove just a few miles to the Visitor's Center where we got a map of the park and some pointers on what to do
We returned to our room where I wrote the blog. In the middle of writing Derek skyped us to tell us that he made $397.50 today at his sale. He was really busy most of the day. He really enjoys going to Estate Sales and Auctions to buy second hand stuff and then resells it out of his building. He is going to Marion on Wednesday to an Estate Sale on the Boulevard which is the posh part of town. Then I finished the blog. Larry saw on his iPad that Erin had checked in at the Seattle Airport so she got home safely. Back to work tomorrow for her. This being retired is really cool.