These three pictures that I took today were taken with my cell phone through the windshield while driving. The snow-covered mountain is Pike's Peak
I took a drive today up to Woodland Park where I used to live to see how things have changed and to check on the storage room to see how my stuff is getting along.
It was a beautiful day to drive up there but even though it was 75° in Pueblo it was 65° in Woodland Park, so I had to get out my long sleeve shirt.
Pike's Peak on the road to Woodland Park
Even though summer hasn't legally come to the mountains yet it was still pretty busy in town. Some of the parking lots looked almost full, downtown had a lot of foot traffic, and there were a lot of cars on the highway. So to me it looked more like after Memorial Day than before.
This is the view from my storage room. that's the back side of Pike's Peak
My storage room full of stuff is still there and I really really need to do something with all of it. Most of it's too valuable to throw away, but barely worth enough to sell. I really can't put anything else in the Arctic Fox it's heavy enough as it is and I really need to get stuff out of the trailer.
What I need to do is scrape up enough motivation to put a lot of it on eBay, I know the money's good but the packing and the shipping is a major pain and that's why I put it off. Maybe after I finish dealing with the government and all of their paperwork I'll feel more like dealing with eBay.
Speaking of dealing with the government. I went to a government office today to buy my Colorado off-road riding permit for the motorcycle. Yes that's right, you have to pay the government to ride on the road and you have to pay the government to ride off the road. I think there's also a permit that's required if you don't want to ride at all. After I paid the $25 for the permit they said they would mail it to me, I asked them how long it would take and they said 6 to 8 weeks. Think about that, a month and a half or two months to mail out a little bitty sticker. What company could stay in business operating like that? And yet that's mostly what we get when dealing with any level of the government.
I did a little laundry today, went to Walmart and bought a few groceries, made a trip to Wells Fargo to do a little banking that I can't do on the Internet, and went to Fremont motorsports in Florence to finish up the paperwork on my Yamaha WR 450.
They finally got my motorcycle finished but I'm leaving it there at the shop until the Highway Patrol comes and inspects it which will be sometime Thursday.
It seems like every day now I have something I have to do that relates to the government. whether it's a new drivers license, or tags for the trailer, or something to do with the motorcycle, I don't seem to be doing much of anything that's fun. In fact going to the zoo with my family is about the only thing I've done that's fun lately. I'm hopeful that by next week I can get back to enjoying my life.
The weather's been really nice here for the last few days, mid-80s, 60s at night and just a few fluffy clouds in the sky. That means that I'm at the right altitude for this time of year. But in another few weeks I'm going to need to get up into the foothills because it will get too hot down here in the flatland's.
Pueblo is a little less than 5000 feet in elevation which means summers are pretty warm. Up where I used to live in the foothills it was about 8700 feet in elevation and the temperatures will be comfortable until mid July. After that you need to be up in the mountains above 10,000 feet to stay cool in the daytime.
I spent the day at the zoo and had a great time, it was good to see everyone again and it reminded me how much I had missed everybody. The weather cooperated and the day was beautiful.
Even though I was at the zoo I took very few animal pictures, most of the pictures I took were of the family especially my grandson. You know how zoos are, the animals are either hiding, or behind a fence that blocks the cameras view, or their sleeping in plain view but they look like a hairy blob. So in my opinion you have to be pretty lucky to get a decent picture of an animal in a zoo.
Giraffes doing whatever giraffes do.
The elephant area Cheyenne Mountain zoo
The Cheyenne Mountain zoo is built on the side of a hill and it's up high enough that you get a very nice view of the city of Colorado Springs. I also took a picture of the Broadmoor Hotel complex which is a fancy-schmancy hotel where all the rich folks stay. Even the President when he comes to town stays at the Broadmoor. I'm quite sure they wouldn't let me in the door, or even park in the parking lot for fear some dirt might fall off of my truck and soil the tires of some big shots Mercedes. Truth is that I had much rather stay in my little Arctic Fox than the presidential suite at the Broadmoor, because not only am I more comfortable but I believe I'm around better people.
Downtown Colorado Springs, Colorado
The Broadmoor Hotel complex Colorado Springs, Colorado
I sure got sidetracked their but I'm back now. The Cheyenne Mountain zoo is fun to visit, it's in a beautiful location and its very compact so you don't have to walk for miles to see all the animals. A lot of the animals are behind Moats, or behind glass so you don't have to look at bars and cages all day long.
A Sloth eating lunch
A gorilla getting dressed
If I was going again I would definitely go on a weekday because it was packed. They have a very large parking area but by the time we left people were driving around waiting for somebody to leave to have a place to park.
A young gorilla, Cheyenne Mountain zoo
A gorilla admiring my beard
A gorrilla wondering why the other gorrilla is getting dressed
One warning, the food there was very expensive. You could make sandwiches out of California Condors cheaper than a hamburger at the zoo. My advice would be to bring your own food or wait till you leave to eat.