Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Glen Eyrie Castle

Some of the most interesting things end up being in your own back yard. Glen Eyrie Castle is one of those things. Lynn and Jamie did a little 1-night staycation there and thoroughly enjoyed it. Did the High Tea, took the tour, and lived for one night at the top of the castle in a magical room. Also did one short hike of many hikes available from the property (for guests or with permit), short to long, easy to moderate. And stumbled onto some wildlife as well. Lots more photos are here.

At the entrance (far left) to Glen Eyrie Castle, a family residence built by
General William Jackson Palmer.

High Tea

Stylin' hats were available for the ladies.

We got to pick out our own tea cups. And among the choices was
Noritake "Marywood" - our wedding china! I took that one. Lynn
wanted a more bold-colored flowery one.

Glen Eyrie is just to the north of Garden of the Gods, and the geology is
just as magnificent. Loved this lighter-colored, harder rock layer
dipping from the back/upper area down toward the castle grounds.

Two very old eagles' nests. First bald eagles, then
golden eagles, and now Red-tail Hawks inhabit
these structures. The eagles have long since left.

The view from our room at the top of the tower.

The Creamery, one of the other buildings on the property. General Palmer,
who built the castle for his family's residence, was one of the very first
in North America to pasteurize milk. He made a trip to Europe to learn from
Louis Pasteur himself. One of many fascinating stories about General Palmer
and his family that we learned on the tour.

We saw these big-horn sheep, wild turkeys, and a very large mule deer. We're
told there are carnivores about as well (bear, mountain lion, etc.) but never
caught sight of those. No pets or domesticated animals on the property, but
lots of these natives, who seemed totally indifferent to humans.

View of the castle from Dawson Trotman's grave. Mr. Trotman was the
founder of The Navigators which purchased the castle property in 1953 and
has been managing and operating it ever since as a conference and
meeting facility and, to some degree, a regular bed and breakfast.
This version of the residence was completed in 1909. There were
two earlier versions, both wooden structures, one modest and one large.

Upon advice from our tour guide at the castle,
we visited the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum
downtown. Wonderful history museum, and we
learned even more about General Palmer.

General Palmer is in the middle of the lower three. To his right is General
Custer, much more famous for all the wrong reasons. General Palmer had
a quite distinguished military career during the Civil War.

In addition to founding Colorado Springs, General Palmer also founded
the Denver & Rio Grande Railway (D&RG). This photo and the above
photo are in the Pioneers Museum.

Lots more photos from our trip are here.

Monday, October 15, 2018

Change Day for Ronald McDonald House Charities

It's Change Day today at McDonald's restaurants to support their Ronald McDonald House program. Here are two Tracy posts:

"Today Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) is having their #DayofChange. While out running your errands drop your change in the RMH boxes (they always have them at McDonalds). This charity means so much to our family. We have had to stay two different times at RMH once in Reno and once at a Ronald McDonald House in Stanford and fingers crossed we will get in at the Stanford house for our third time in December (checkup). When you are away from home during stressful medical ordeals having a place like the RMH is amazing (and saves us from going into debt just to get our kids the medical care they need). Please consider throwing your change to them. They are seriously our home away from home. Every penny counts, please donate. #forRMHC #KeepingFamiliesClose #RMHC"

"Have you dropped your change into a Ronald McDonald House (RMH) box today? Here is a picture of Nana and David at the RMH in Reno 6 years ago. Jonathan and Mommy were in the hospital and having the RMH for Nana and David meant we could all stay close, while Jonathan recovered. #KeepingFamaliesClose #RMHC #DayOfChange #forRMHC Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC)"


Saturday, October 13, 2018

Pumpkins at the Mining Museum

Who'd 'a' thought the Western Museum of Mining and Industry (just down the street from us) would have a pumpkin patch?! And a pretty fun one at that! All the photos are here.







Apple cider press











Our newest Quilter: Matteo

Matteo joined the ranks of the Compound Quilters over the last couple days! He wanted to make a quilt for someone (shhhhhh, it's a surprise), so he got Lynn to teach him some new skills... Railroad theme, of course.

Update: Nana, "Matteo's teacher just had a baby and Matteo wanted to make a quilt for her. He went through my stash, picked a train theme, picked a pattern, and made his first quilt! He was a great student, he worked carefully, followed instructions, and never gave up! My fantastic quilting friend quilted it with a train pattern!"




Laying it up.


Sewing it up.


Holding it up.


Here and There

A plethora of moments recently...

Go Dog Go

This is where Tracy parked after deciding not to park in the
handicap spot without Jonny.

Nana, "Oh, was I watching Lexi?"

Snow on the lounge chairs at the pool.



David and AJ go at it using the Revolutionary War chess set, which we
generally refer to as the Hamilton chess set. AJ's beaten Papa a few times now.


Seen between the Broadmoor hotel and the Golden Bee.

One morning before school.


Wednesday, October 3, 2018

1980s Way Back Day

It was way back dress-up day at DCC. 1980s doesn't seem all that far back to me, but what-ev. Tracy says, "Thank you Target clearance section for our neon color attire." Oh, and did we mention Jonny just got glasses... Harder to tell apart, huh?! (Jonny's on the right in both photos.)