Off the Beaten Path

Off the Beaten Path: Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument

A quick drive down the road from Pikes Peak: America’s Mountain, takes you into the foothills of the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains. Slightly south of the town of Florissant, Colorado, you will find Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument. Beneath a grassy mountain valley in central Colorado lies one of the richest and most… Continue reading Off the Beaten Path: Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument

Off the Beaten Path

Off the Beaten Bath: Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain

When in Colorado Springs, what is the one thing everyone must do? Pike’s Peak, of course! Enjoy Pikes Peak at your leisure on the safe, scenic Pikes Peak Highway. Encounter some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world as you wind your way through an alpine wonderland, mountain reservoirs, beyond timberline, overtaking the clouds...… Continue reading Off the Beaten Bath: Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain

Rest Stops

Rest Stop: The Academy Hotel – Colorado Springs, CO

Just off the interstate in Colorado Springs and close to the US Air Force Academy was our hotel for the night: The Academy Hotel. From the outside, the hotel is unassuming brown brick with an understated awning, giving it the appearance that it might not be all that fantastic. As our family of five tries… Continue reading Rest Stop: The Academy Hotel – Colorado Springs, CO

Other Eats

Other Eats: Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar, Colorado Springs, CO

When searching for a place to eat dinner in Colorado Springs near our hotel or Garden of the Gods, I stumbled upon Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar. The menu looked incredible, so we headed over to the Briarwood area for a bite to eat. As our family of five tries to visit all 50 states, my… Continue reading Other Eats: Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar, Colorado Springs, CO

Off the Beaten Path

Off the Beaten Path: Garden of the Gods

Imagine dramatic views, 300' towering sandstone rock formations against a backdrop of snow-capped Pikes Peak and brilliant blue skies. -- https://gardenofgods.com/ As our family of five tries to visit all 50 states, my goal is to share our experiences and record them for our memories. For our 2019 family vacation, we took a 16 day… Continue reading Off the Beaten Path: Garden of the Gods

Moments in History

Moments in History: Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site

As 675 cavalrymen came around a prairie bend, the camps of Chiefs Black Kettle, White Antelope, and Left Hand lay in the valley before them. Chaotic, horrific, tumultuous, and bloody, the events of November 29, 1864 changed the course of history. -- https://www.nps.gov/sand/index.htm As our family of five tries to visit all 50 states, my… Continue reading Moments in History: Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site

Rest Stops

Rest Stop: Hampton Inn – Colby, KS

The first day of our Four Corners Roadtrip had taken us to lunch with my sister, the World’s Largest Porch Swing, the World’s Largest Ball of Sisal Twine, and the (fake) Geodetic Center of North America. We’d covered all of Iowa, a corner of Nebraska, and the majority of the state of Kansas. Tomorrow morning… Continue reading Rest Stop: Hampton Inn – Colby, KS

Road Side Stops

Road Side Stop: Geodetic Center of North America

In geodetic coordinates latitude is the angle between the equatorial plane and the normal at the designated point, i.e. the vector standing perpendicular on the Ellipsoid at the designated point. Huh? The truth is, it doesn't really matter, but the center of North America (Geodetic or not) sounds pretty cool. As our family of five… Continue reading Road Side Stop: Geodetic Center of North America

Road Side Stops

Road Side Stop: World’s Largest Ball of Sisal Twine

Leaving Hebron, Nebraska, it is only about 15 minutes before you hit the state line welcoming you to Kansas. Due to a camera malfunction, this is the beautiful picture of the Kansas sign I managed to take: As our family of five tries to visit all 50 states, my goal is to share our experiences… Continue reading Road Side Stop: World’s Largest Ball of Sisal Twine

Road Side Stops

Road Side Stop: World’s Largest Porch Swing

Goodbye, Iowa! Hello, Nebraska! Two hours southwest of Omaha, Nebraska, is the quaint little town of Hebron. Brick roads, cute little directional signs, and well-manicured laws escorted us through town as we sought out Roosevelt Park and our first destination besides food on our Four Corners Roadtrip - the World’s Largest Porch Swing. As our… Continue reading Road Side Stop: World’s Largest Porch Swing