Thursday, July 28, 2016

Where Are The Fu@%ing Night Crawallers?

Gear is packed for Backbon
Steve packs the same way
Phones in the plastic bags
The Devils Backbone
And away we go
White Horse Leap
Time to fish

Eat, Drink 
and be Merry

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Colorado Springs Class of 2016

 Beau  graduated from the Colorado Springs Police Academy this past week.
Hired from a pool of more than 1,700 applicants, the recruits, aged 23-48, completed six months of training at the police academy. The training regimen included being pepper sprayed in the face, a string of physical challenges and experiencing the effects of a stun gun.

 We are both so proud he has chosen a career in law enforcement and has sworn to protect all people, those that respect him & those that hate him.
 Beau and Malory
 Kimberly, Beau and Susie
 Greg and Missouri River Sue 
Below is a gift Brother Greg and Shawna  worked to give Beau. Top is my father Jim Becker who was with the Iowa DNR for 37 years. Next Greg with 37 years of service. Shawna and Ken included, all adds up over 120 total years of service. With a Colorado Springs police patch and soon added photo of Beau to complete our law enforcement family tree.
 We are all so proud of his desire to serve. 

Monday, July 11, 2016


 From our room we can see the Manitou Incline which has been hailed as the holy grail of cardio for locals and athletes.  The once railroad track now consists of approximately 2,744 steps made entirely of railroad ties! Although it’s only one mile in length, the ascension averages a 41% incline (68% at its highest) and a 2,000 foot climb in elevation! Phew! That’s a lot of stairs! That’s even more than the Empire State Building! Needless to say, this hike isn’t for the faint of heart, or heights. The Manitou Incline is considered one of the highest sets of stairs in the world! This trail is rated Extreme. 
 Completed in 1907 the Manitou Incline was a 1 mile cable tram built to support the construction of a hydroelectric plant and it's waterline. After performing this service the railway was then purchased by Dr. Brumbach and turned into a tourist attraction. 

 The Manitou Incline Trail gains about 2,000 feet in 0.9 miles.  Returning via the Barr Trail creates a hike of about 3.8 miles and guess who wanted to run it back down.  

 This was my typical view.  Following Beau and Kimberly

Or Barb or Susie????

Time for a break and a chance for me to catch up to these two
And another break a little closer to the top
Who said this would be fun?
 Just a few more steps to the
 Guess who wants to run the trail going down?
They say a good goal is to have your ascent rate equil your age.  This is a tough goal for the younger kids but they did wait for me, a little bit.   45 minutes to the top, not bad for 54. Wait I'm  dyslexic was it 54 min and I'm only 45.  Whatever  it was a great hike with Beau and Kimber.  

Friday, July 8, 2016

Red Rock Canyon

 Kimberly and I went back out to the Red Rocks open space.
 Not that I enjoy running but I gave it a shot.
 Great formations
In the 1800s, a quarry was established in Red Rocks, the remains of which are still quite evident and rather interesting to hike through. It is a fun place to hike 

 The rocks are among the largest formations in the park, and the quarry work left behind enormous geometric cuts in the rock face.
 More trail running
 Rock climbing 
Now to get down.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Up On Cripple Creek!

 After celebrating the 4th in the Springs we took a leisurely drive up to Cripple Creek.
 I had some great views out the car window as we drove up.
 The winding road didn't work so well for Susie and this is what her view was like for most of the drive up.
We stopped for a pic. with the town celebrities.  the current heard of donkeys are believed to be made  up of several direct descendants of the donkeys that worked the mines in the Cripple Creek gold mining camp.

 Ready to hike

Danger hike?
 Mountain rescue.  We carried this gal down the trail after she rolled her ankle when she was returning from a moss gathering hike. 

Sunday, July 3, 2016

 We met up with Beau in Manitou Springs on a beautiful morning.  After a cup of joe and a tart we were ready for adventure.

We deciced to hit the Red Rock Canyon Trails it's a 3.4 mile and with all the resent rains the  wild flowers were just beautiful even the cactus were in bloom.

We were glad we brought the sun screen.
Looks like rain up in the mountians
We were all so happy to be together after a 7 month break.
Heading down to the lake and check out those clouds.
Throw on another layer
Nice little mountain sprinkle. 
Looks like someone threw a few gold fish in the lake
Here it comes
What would Johnny Cash say!
Fun and games until the hail starts.
Safe and sound