On May 18, 2013 we took a road trip an hour to the south to visit the historic city of Pueblo, Colorado. Arriving late in the morning, we drove around a bit and parked near the old Rail Road Station, located in the historic district.
There were many old buildings dating back to the 1880's, and lots of new renovation as well. It was not tourist season yet, so we had very few other tourists to compete with.
They have a small river walk area, which Teresa and I enjoyed walking along.
There were many resturaunts and clubs along the river walk area. I would imagine that in the summer nights, it's a pretty popular place.
We had some burgers in a small cafe pictured below by the bicycles, and on the other side of the street from the Train Station.
Here is a shot of the Train Station. It's now resturaunts and apartments for rent.
We then drove a few miles up the Arkansas River to the Pueblo Resevoir. It is pretty big, and lot of people were out boating on it. There really aren't any trees near the water tho, so it's alot like the lakes in Nevada's desert.

On May 25th, we drove a few hours north west of Denver to check out the alpine community of Breckenridge. Our friends had bought a time share there, and we also wanted to see what the land in this area was like. It was a bit on the cool side, but on the drive thru the mountains there, we saw Moutain Goats and Big Horn Sheep.

The town has a large ski resort with multi-difficulty ski slopes across 4 peaks on the Ten Mile Range of the Rocky Mountains. Summer in Breckenridge attracts outdoor enthusiasts with hiking trails, wildflowers, fly-fishing in the Blue River, mountain biking, nearby Lake Dillon for boating, white water rafting, alpine slides, and several shops up and down Main Street. Every year,
The town of Breckenridge was formally created in November 1859 by General George E. Spencer. Spencer chose the name "Breckinridge" after John C. Breckinridge of Kentucky, Vice President of the United States, in the hopes of flattering the government and gaining a post office. Spencer succeeded in his plan and a post office was built in Breckinridge; it was the first post office between the Continental Divide and Salt Lake City, Utah.

However, when the Civil War broke out in 1861, the former vice president sided with the Confederates (as a brigadier general) and the pro-Union citizens of Breckinridge decided to change the town's name. The first i was changed to an e, and the town's name has been spelled Breckenridge ever since.

A few days later Teresa and I got together with my cousin Jim and his wife Marian, and we all had a nice lunch at a nearby Mexican Resturaunt. Afterwards we all played some miniature golf, and had a great time getting acquainted .

Later that weekend we went for another walk on the Academy, up in the hills overlooking the cadet area.
It was a little bit on the cool side, maybe lower 60's. Lilly enjoyed the walk very much...
As did Teresa and myself. The air is clear, a good scent of pine trees in the air, and the views of the tress and cliffs were beautiful.
Rolling forrests and nobody else around, it was great.
Looking down you can see the cadet area of the academy, and the Black Forrest residential areas further east of the academy and the interstate.
The next weekend we went hiking up the valley behind our house. On the other side of the top ridge line is a large resevoir of water, supplying Colorado Springs, called Rampart Resevioir.
We hiked for a few hours and then went home to eat and nap. A great day.
The next Saturday, we walked around downtaon Colorado Springs. Everything there is pay parking, but we had fun exploring the "Pioneer Museum" which used to be the old Court House.
We saw lots of shops, and had a great lunch at trendy resturaunt that turns into a bar at night. A fair amount to see, but mostly it has a modern feeling, not rustic like Pueblo.