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Old 8th July 2010, 18:45   #16
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Inside the Chapel

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Driving out of the campus

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Next: Garden of the Gods park
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Old 8th July 2010, 19:03   #17
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Garden of the Gods park:

There are some huge red rock formations at one place very close to Colorado Springs, and it was named as Garden of the Gods park. Admission is free.

Entering the park:

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Spotted few people enjoying the park on a "segway" - a two wheel self-balancing electric vehicle.

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Rock formations:

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Old 8th July 2010, 19:50   #18
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Nice pics.

Is there a riding school nearby or option of exploring the area riding? In the first pic I can see a road sign of rider crossing the road.

That segway thing is interesting.

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Old 8th July 2010, 20:10   #19
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Nice pics.

Is there a riding school nearby or option of exploring the area riding? In the first pic I can see a road sign of rider crossing the road.

That segway thing is interesting.
There might be some schools, which I am not sure. But what I noticed was there are some companies which provide the horse back ride for visitors for a fee. Its not like full fledged fast paced horse riding. Typically a guide will be riding the first horse, and rest of the people on horses will be following him. Just slow paced waking of horses.

Segway - is most popular way to explore especially in San Francisco city and also being used as a mode of transport for police within Atlanta airport. I see police using a cycle in Denver airport
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Old 8th July 2010, 21:00   #20
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This is called "Camel kiss" as you see the shape looks like two camels kissing

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Do you see a rock climber?

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Now in close-up..

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Another rock climber...amazing skills to climb those steep rocks..almost 90 degrees...

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Old 8th July 2010, 23:37   #21
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@Idle - I remember watching several years ago Falcons or some other birds helping airport authorities to keep away from other birds entering into airport airspace. Are these Falcons also trained on the same ground & for the same purpose or something different?
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amazing pics there idlebrain.
oh yea another fellow bhpian 1400rpm is also in Atlanta, may be you guys can catch up sometime
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I see all the places are very clean and well arranged. The red rock looks beautiful. That sure must be a great experience to climb it. Keep posting the pics!
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@Idle - I remember watching several years ago Falcons or some other birds helping airport authorities to keep away from other birds entering into airport airspace. Are these Falcons also trained on the same ground & for the same purpose or something different?
I am not sure whether they are using at airports, but Falcon is a mascot for US Airforce from long time. And academy sports teams are called "Falcons". Airforce academy took special permission from US Fish & Wildlife Dept to captivate the falcons and to make them grow and train in certain aspects.

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amazing pics there idlebrain.
oh yea another fellow bhpian 1400rpm is also in Atlanta, may be you guys can catch up sometime
Sure, thanks for the info.

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I see all the places are very clean and well arranged. The red rock looks beautiful. That sure must be a great experience to climb it. Keep posting the pics!
Yes, all the places are kept and maintained well, easy to follow directions, facilities...

Still plenty of pics on the way...!!!
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Old 9th July 2010, 02:44   #25
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Visitors watching curiously at a rock climber

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Do you see two rock climbers on the left, and want to see the width of this rock? check the next two pics

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I am shocked to see them on this narrow width stone...

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some wildlife spotted within the park

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Some pics of "Balanced Rock"

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* * * end of Day 1 * * *
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These are some awesome pics.

Are there any adventure tour operators who organise these rock climbing adventures? The climbing on the narrow width stone is scary.

BTW did you try your hand at it?
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Excellent stuff and wonderful coverage there. Thanks for sharing and keep posting.
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These are some awesome pics.

Are there any adventure tour operators who organise these rock climbing adventures? The climbing on the narrow width stone is scary.

BTW did you try your hand at it?
Yes, looks like there are some people who arrange the climbing gear for enthusiasts. I felt as scary as you

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Excellent stuff and wonderful coverage there. Thanks for sharing and keep posting.
Thanks, sure..still plenty of pics on the way...
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Day 2: As per the plan, for Day 2 we decided to visit Pikes Peak first, then Royal Gorge Bridge. While driving to Pikes Peak, came across one Mountain Cliff Dwellings & museum..decided to have a quick look.

The pics below are from Mountain Cliff Dwellings. These are the dwellings of native americans who used to live here long time back.


Mountain Dwellings

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Displays from the museum

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Items for sale from Gift shop

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Museum

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