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Old 7th July 2010, 07:21   #1
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Friends,
This is my second travelogue on team BHP. This is a 7-day Colorado trip made from 29th June to 6th July covering the long weekend of July 4th.

This was the plan I charted out before starting and by God's grace we (me, my wife and 2 kids (8 & 4) successfully completed the trip just as planned.

Day 1:
Fly from Atlanta to Denver - Rented Mercury Mountaineer AWD from AVIS - and drive south to Colorado Springs - visit US Airforce academy, Garden of Gods Park.
Night stay Colorado Springs

Day 2:
Pikes Peak, Royal Gorge Bridge
Night stay: Canon city

Day 3:
Great Sand Dunes National park
Night stay: Alamosa

Day 4:
Black Canyon of Gunnison
Night stay: Montrose

Day 5:
Drive up north to Rockies via Aspen
Night stay: Silverthrone

Day 6:
Rocky Mountains National Park(RMNP)
Night stay: Loveland

Day 7:
RMNP contd

Day 8: Fly back to Atlanta

Want to know what the structure below is? Stay glued..
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Old 7th July 2010, 08:04   #2
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Day - 1:

Landed at Denver International Airport around 10:30am and took the shuttle to AVIS car rental. Finished the formalities and driven out with Mercury Mountaineer AWD. Headed south towards Colorado Springs.

Our first stop was US Airforce academy located at the foothills of mountains near Colorado Springs. This is the place where they train the cadets for US Airforce.

On the way to Airforce Academy

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Inside the campus

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Campus

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Stadium

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Football field

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Old 7th July 2010, 11:29   #3
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Great pics!! Do you need some special permission to visit this place?
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Awesome pics. I have same question as Sidd25.

Every cadet is an...athlete/football fields. No wonder they did well in the WC 2010 mostly on athletic capabilities.
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Old 7th July 2010, 11:43   #5
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Okey....... staying glued. Now let go........

Great pictures, looking forward to see the story and pictures.

Thanks for shring.

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No, you don't need any special permissions. Parts of the academy is open for public, just drive into it. There is a check post kind of thing at entrance where an officer stops the vehicle and casually asked whether we are carrying any firearms, I said no. He then asked me to open the boot to check, which I did. He then asked go ahead.
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More pics

Baseball field in the front, and thinking what the structure in the back?

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Mercury Mountaineer
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visitor center
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Some exhibits inside the visitor center

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Old 8th July 2010, 00:19   #8
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great pics there buddy.
How was the Mountaineers performance?
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Want to know what the structure below is? Stay glued..
Cadet Chapel - but still stayinh glued. Nice pics.

Interestingly when I went to Colorado, I too, took a Mercury!!
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4 guys & a huge SUV? Hope you got a good deal. Anyway, lets look into the travelogue. Its quite good to see US providing limited, controlled & sensible freedom rather than bureaucratic & endless freedom.

DSC0002 reminded me of Jerry Bruckheimer films.
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great pics there buddy.
How was the Mountaineers performance?
This is first time I am driving a AWD, felt it was a breeze driving on mountains especially uphills. I thoroughly enjoyed the driving.

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4 guys & a huge SUV? Hope you got a good deal. Anyway, lets look into the travelogue. Its quite good to see US providing limited, controlled & sensible freedom rather than bureaucratic & endless freedom.

DSC0002 reminded me of Jerry Bruckheimer films.
I did used my corporate discount and personal damage waiver is included in the corporate agreement. So I didn't paid any extra for insurance other than rent + taxes.

Agree with your comment on freedom.
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Old 8th July 2010, 03:05   #12
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Miniature version of the entire campus

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A cadet talking about Falcons

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Miniature version of the Cadet Chapel

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some more displays

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1100D - you are right. Its Cadet Chapel.

The pics are below:

Approaching Cadet Chapel


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there is a free guided tour available from Visitor center, where a Cadet will walk through the campus.


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Dormitory for Cadets - public is not allowed here

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Another dormitory

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Chapel

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Chapel

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Some of the decommissioned bomber planes on display

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Inside the chapel

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Great pics! I love this Falconry stuff. Is it common hobby/sport in the academy? Never heard of it in India.
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No, you don't need any special permissions. Parts of the academy is open for public, just drive into it. There is a check post kind of thing at entrance where an officer stops the vehicle and casually asked whether we are carrying any firearms, I said no. He then asked me to open the boot to check, which I did. He then asked go ahead.
Now thats interesting, I wonder if Indian defense institutions allows general people to visit these places.
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