Saturday, September 30, 2017

Western Museum of Mining and Industry

And when they say, "the museum that works," they mean it. Most of the equipment displayed actually works! And they demonstrated a few for us. Now they may not be steam driven as originally done, but with the magic of compressed air and/or electrical "supply," they ran. And this place is just down the road from us, about 2 miles. Western Museum of Mining and Industry website. We saw the first snow on Pikes Peak this morning, too, and celebrated with Daou, one of our favorite "mountain top" wines from California. All the photos are here.

This was one of six(ish) miner escape capsules
made to successfully rescue the 33 miners in Chile.

The machine gears are blurry because it's running.

Today's treasures.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Till Kitchen

This was a fun find just down the road. Till Kitchen. You can read all about it on the website. Suffice it to say we had a fabulously fun meal. From service to food to environment. Discovered a new wine, too, but it's from CA - Santa Ynez Valley if you can believe that - The Paring (can be tasted at the Santa Barbara Wine Collective on Anacapa). We shared that steak and still brought about a pound home.

By Way of Bees. Rum, Prosecco, and
Colorado honey. Lynn's new fave.

Tomahawk steak, smokey mashed potatoes,
and some unbelievable grits.

That's The Paring's 2013 Syrah.

Candy flight. Truffles from white to dark. Even the little flakey
black things and greens were yummy.

Fall is here

And it's starting to look like it in the new house...

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Rube Goldberg and Mars Rovers

Nana, Papa, Matteo, and AJ ventured to the Space Foundation's Discovery Center this morning. They were having a special "Build a Rube Goldberg Machine" workshop for kids of all ages. So what the heck... And, bonus, they had Lego Mars rovers to drive remotely across their mock-up Mars terrain.

Number the Stars

Serafina got her first role in Colorado! She'll be playing Ellen in Number the Stars, a play version of the historical fiction by American author Lois Lowry, about the escape of a Jewish family (the Rosens) from Copenhagen during World War II. The first "rehearsal" was really a get together of the family members to play games, eat goodies, and get to know each other. Tracy made those star cookies.

The production company is First Company Theater in Colorado Springs. It's a facet of the First United Methodist Church with its own 203-seat theater facility (separate from the sanctuary, etc.). This production is a premier of this playwright's version of the book.

October 27 - November 5, 2017

Produced by First Company Theater
Serafina: Ellen

October 10, 2017 Update:

Here are some photos from today's rehearsal.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Colorado Fall Color Speeder Excursion

It's amazing how things come together some times. Having just moved to Colorado Springs, Jamie was able to join the Motorcar Operators West and the Rocky Mountain Division associates of NARCOA on a joint excursion over a number of railroads in Colorado.

We spent the first two days running on the Leadville Colorado and Southern.
All the way up to the Climax Mine. All the pics are here.

Our next trip was out of Alamosa to Antonito on the San Luis & Rio Grande.
Antonito is the northern terminus for the Combres and Toltec.
All the pics are here.
Alamosa to La Veta on the SL&RG.
All the pics are here.
Alamosa to Center via the SL&RG and the San Luis Central.
Then on to Monte Vista and return to Alamosa.
All the pics are here.
The Creede branch of the Denver & Rio Grande runs
from South Fork to the Wason wye just short of the Creede city limits.
All the pics are here.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Garden of the Gods

And "Uncle" Jon happened to be in town, too! Someone took some great pics (Jamie wasn't there, that's another story that will appear soon). Probably just as well he wasn't there as he'd be having a safety conniption. This activity was followed up with bowling at the lanes next to Bass Pro near us and an evening movie in the theatre room.