Thursday, July 30, 2009

Bishop's Castle

I first heard about Bishop's Castle my first few days in Colorado, apparently it is quite the local attraction. It wasn't until over a year later that I finally made it there. This castle has been built by one man, he started the project for his family, and it has turned into a massive non profit local landmark. He digs up all the rock himself, does all the ironwork, and literally does not have help. He states he works on it everyday, and it remains a free outing for families. You can climb up all the towers and walk in to any room in the castle. The detail work is incredible! I made it half way up one tower before I had to stop, the ironwork can be a little shaky when walked on and the height made it hard for me to continue. I think I am becoming more cautious in my old age. The husband went all the way to the top of the large iron dome, and said it swayed quite a bit and upon hearing that, I knew I would not like it so much.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Carlsbad Caverns

Saw this little guy before entering the cave.

Walking down through the natural entrance.

About a week before our wedding in March, we traveled to Carlsbad Caverns NP. We walked down through the natural entrance and then explored the great room. Taking photos is pretty hard in a dark, moist environment. I found the closer I was to features, the easier they were to shoot. So enjoy some close up features. I would highly recommend this cave to anyone. It is very different from Mammoth Cave, has much much unique features, and is somewhat easier to navigate. I would recommend walking downhill through the natural entrance, however they do have an elevator at the visitor's center that goes down and even has some wheelchair appropriate trails.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Furkids turn 1!

Grandma and Grandpa sent the kids a birthday toy. They loved it, played with it, and destroyed it in about 10 minutes. Our pups are finally dogs, which is hard for me to accept, because it does not seem like a year already. I guess the saying is true, enjoy them when they are young, because they grow up fast.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Critters from Rocky Mt. National Park

On the great father's day adventure to Rocky Mountain National Park, we were lucky enough to see several types of animals. Just finally got around to posting them!