Wednesday, October 6, 2010

We're on the Road Again!!

We arrived in Colorado Springs, Colorado on Monday about noon. This is our first Foretravel Rally, although we have met several Foretravel owners over the years and many are our PressurePro customers. We were welcomed with open arms from this very friendly group.

The Rally was being held at the "Garden of the Gods" Campground. It is very close to the base of Pikes Peak.



It didn't take us long to find our site and we were fortunate that Rollie and Gina were right next to us.  This was a "bring your Buddy" Rally and the group welcomed our "kids" just as enthusiastically as they did us.
There were 16 Foretravels in attendance at this "Four Corners" Chapter Rally. This is a very friendly group and we were accepted as if we had been members for years. We are enjoying the Pot Lucks and seeing all the other Foretravel Motorhomes' and talking with the owners.

Yesterday we all signed up for the Cog Rail ride to the top of Pikes Peak.  Here we are arriving at the Depot.













They warned us us to bring heavy coats, because it was in the 30's at the top.... hard to believe as it was nearly 80 at the Depot.


This is the Cog Rail Car we rode to the top..

Here we are at the TOP! 14,110 ft.......it was 35 degree's, the coats felt GOOD! The cloud cover blocked the warm sunshine a lot of the time but the view was still spectacular!  It even dropped a few "Flakes" of SNOW on us!!















After about 30 minutes viewing the sights, it was time to "load Up" and head down.... I was ready.  It was cold and there were even a few flurries of snow! But it sure was fun and beautiful!!

On the trip down we spotted these Rocky Mountain Bighorn sheep..... We have a lot of these Sheep in Custer State Park. For more on the Cog Rail and Pikes Peak, click on these links.

We were all a little tired after the trip and just made it home in time for "Happy Hour" and a group BBQ that really hit the spot!!  I love picking these old timers minds about their Foretravel Motorhomes and learning as much as I can. There is a world of information here.

Today we are excited to be be going up into the Mountains about 20 miles West, to the Diamond Campground in Woodland Park where our good friends and fellow RV'ers and Retama neighbors  Jack and Danielle Mayer work. They are busy closing up the Campground for the season, so we just barely caught them.  It will be great to see them and see where they have worked for the last few summers.

We plan on departing this area on Friday morning and head to Hutchinson, KS for the HDT (Big Truck) Rally to see all of our old friends and fellow HDT'ers. We should be there Saturday afternoon. We might not own an HDT anymore but our hearts will always be with them and all our super friends. We will continue to firmly believe that one of these HDTs is the ONLY and SAFEST way to tow a large 5TH wheel.

It is a GREAT WEEK!!!

Thanks for stopping by.....hope to see you Sunday.

Remember to tell your kids you love them.  They may not be around forever.

Mike

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8 comments:

Judy and Emma said...

I remember driving to the top of Pike's Peak in the late 60's. I think I'd rather take the cog now. :)

Stu said...

Mike,
I rode the bike up Pike's Peak a few years ago, left wearing jeans and t-shirt. By the time I got to the top, I had stooped twice to put more layers on. Sunny and 80 down below and snowing on top. Quite an experience.

Rick and Paulette said...

That Cog Rail trip to Pike's Peak looked great and you can't beat the scenery. Looks like the Rally is going to be a lot of fun and a great learning experience too. Have fun there for the rest of the week and enjoy all those pot-lucks and happy hours!

pidge said...

We love Garden of the Gods. Hope you had a chance to check out the big shop on sight. They have some neat items. Stay safe.

Jerry and Suzy said...

Never have seen Big Horn SHeep up close and personal. Heck, we don't remember ever seeing them long distance. But then, these days I don't remember what happened yesterday! Looks likie a great trip up the mountain!

Happytrails said...

Isn't it great that friends go with us no matter what we drive or live in!!!
I can only imagine all the terrific knowledge that exist with those Foretravel owners. Great way to learn!! Glad you are having a grand time!!

Mike & Gerri (happytrails)

Debbie Goode said...

What a neat experience....Pike's Peak...will have to put that on our "to do" list. Hey, we finally got our Big Foot installed...LOVE IT!

Sam&Donna Weibel said...

We took the cog trip on our last trip, and rode horses on the garden of the God's,That was where the garbage truck spooked Sam's horse as we rode back to the stable and he got a wild ride the last block or so. You guys are so lucky to be able to share these times with Rollie & Gina. Be safe out there. Sam & Donna.