Since we were little kids, We’ve always wanted to go to Texas. We remember watching black and white tv shows that were filmed in Texas. I love big shiny belt buckles, cowboy hats and boots. Both were enamored watching gunslingin’ heroes with big shiny revolvers. Equally, we love all things Texas; cactus, armadillos, cowboys (not the Dallas team) and the big stars in the big Texas sky. Oh, and let’s not forget my favorite, the King of Country, George Strait.
Since beginning our travels, a fellow foodie friend told us about this cool free phone app called YELP. It’s a participation app based on user reviews geographically maps the user to area restaurants and businesses. All you have to do is download the free app on your mobile device and then click on one of the categories or type in the name of the establishment you want to find. Continue reading “YELP – APP Review”
Back in 2016, while we were parked at the Air Force Academy, Dan was called out for a family emergency in Pennsylvania. Our campground neighbors made certain I didn’t have to be alone the whole time. It was then that I met another motorcycle riding couple, Vicki and Rex in the sight behind ours.
During a morning coffee conversation, Vicki asked if I knew of any good roads or day-rides (they had a trike). I had told them about a cool trip to Bishop Castle, a hand-built medieval castle in Wetmore, Colorado that our son took us to see years prior. I told her the route to get there was outstanding, especially riding motorcycles.
Austin heard me talking about it and googled it on his phone as I described it. We all then made plans to ride out the following day with Austin riding on the back of her trike as her navigator.
The next morning, we coffee-d up, ate breakfast and rode out. The ride out was gorgeous as was the day! Surprisingly, not much traffic for being a weekend. Getting there was simple.
We rode out the gate of the Air Force Academy south on I-25 to CO 115 to Florence, onto CO 67, turning right on Hwy 96 in Wetmore. We saw signs directing us to the castle; turning left onto CO 165. It was about a 90 minute ride out to Bishop Castle.
Once we got there, the site was a little busy but nothing to be worried about when it came to capturing some good photos.
Admission was free, although donations were greatly appreciated. There was also a gift shop that helped finance Mr. Bishop’s ongoing build. It’s open most of the time.
About Bishop Castle…
There is nothing architecturally ‘perfect’ about the castle. Its completely constructed by the hands of Mr. Bishop. I’m willing to bet there were no official blueprints. If you’re into the whole Harry Potter thing, this is the place for you! The stonework, iron work and blacksmithing was done all onsite; there is even a room where all of his tools and shop are on the ground level.
Every year since 1969, Bishop has single-handedly gathered and set over 1000 tons of rock to create this stone and iron fortress in the middle of nowhere. Bishop called it “a monument to hardworking people” and “America’s biggest, one-man, physical project. I always wanted a castle. Every man wants a castle,” Bishop said.
It hasn’t been easy for his masterpiece build. For most of those 40 years Bishop was engaged in a running battle with Washington bureaucrats over the rocks that he used, which came from the San Isabel National Forest that surrounds the castle property. Bishop felt that they were his for the taking, the government wanted to charge him per truckload.
Another bone of contention that stuck in Bishop’s craw belonged to the Colorado state Chamber of Commerce, which refused to list Bishop Castle as an attraction in its official tourism guides.”
Visitors could climb all the way to the top, winding through interior stone stairs and hand-forged iron and steel grid exterior walkways around the top. I had climbed it before years prior, so I stayed below in the main room to wait for them and take photos. Vicki made it about a third of the way up however, came down after feeling a little uneasy about going all the way up. On the other hand, Austin was investigating every inch and climbing everything that could.
After Austin climbed every inch of stone and metal, we had to get back back to the Academy as he had a curfew. As beautiful as our ride was getting there, it was even better coming home as we were able to ride with the beautiful Colorado sunset to our backs.
So, if you’re in the Colorado Springs or Pueblo, Colorado area, definitely put this on your list of places to visit in Colorado regardless of your ride…or drive!
In the summer of 2015, we went to Fort Robinson State Park and stayed at the Campground for five days. Our days seem like a blur because we literally jam-packed our days with tours, hiking, learning the history and the fate of Crazy Horse, jeep riding, motorcycle riding and everything in between! It’s hard to remember everything we did, but we’ll try.
This past September, we had so much we wanted to do and see in Colorado. Its one of our favorite states. We stayed at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds Campground in Golden, Colorado. Due to our size, finding a campground able to fit us was a bit of a challenge as well as time of year. Colorado is notorious for their campgrounds being unable to accomodate big rigs like ourselves. Staying only five days, it was enough for us as a home base; we only were there to sleep and get some cuddle time with our fuzzy crewmembers.
While we were in Golden, we met up with another RV’ing couple, Brittany and Eric from RV Wanderlust. We met at Woody’s Wood Fired Pizza in Golden where the pizza was good and the company was even better! Short story, Eric and Brittany began their RV journey about nine months ahead of us. We started following them on Facebook and through coincidence, found that Eric too, had served in the Coast Guard and Brittany is quite creative. So, it seemed only natural that our friendship would flourish. We will eventually meet with them again further down the road (and we DID….keep reading!) in Pueblo…and in Texas this winter.
After an evening of great pizza and RV’er comraderie, the following morning, we took advantage of the beautiful weather taking a day trip to the cities of Frisco and Breckenridge. In Frisco, we enjoyed walking through the small shops and the Frisco Historic Park and Museum. We self-toured these neat little historic buildings that replicated life when Frisco was a mining town a century ago. Each had artifacts dating back to that era.
We had amazing homemade sammiches and soup at the Butterhorn Bakery and Cafe’ before trekking off to Breckenridge. It was hard not to spend a whole day there but we were pressed for time to move on to Breckenridge.
We plan to return to Frisco another time because we really enjoyed this cool, busy little city. One thing to note, as you see, we were wearing long sleeves. Though down in Golden it was nearing 85 degrees, up in Frisco and Breckenridge, it was in the cool 40’s and 50’s. We’re not fans of the cold.
We were really looking forward to seeing Breckenridge. Eric and Brittany from RV Wanderlust raved about it at dinner the night prior about these magnificent Colorado Alpine Slides going down the mountain at the ski resort.
We parked in the Gondola parking lot and road them up the mountain; about a 30 minute ride. The views were awesome the further up we went; oftentimes seeing snow below us. We also experienced a little altitude again. We must have been 10,000 feet up.
The nice thing though was the ski gondola ride up and down the mountain was free. We had our own gondola to ourselves so we goofed off inside until we got to the top. Since Dan is not a fan of open-style ski lifts, the gondolas were just my ticket to mess with him.
Once we got up to the summit, we were issued our alpine racer sleds. We raced each other down the 2500 foot mountain. We don’t have photos of ‘us’ actually going down the alpine slides because we were having too much fun racing each other. We did take these photos of others riding the alpine slide from our gondola.
But it was so worth it! Psssssst!! Lisa beat Dan down to the bottom! BIG TIME!!
For the rest of the afternoon, we walked part of the town until sunset when we headed back to the RV park in Golden. What a great day of shopping, taking in the breathtaking (literal sense) views, lunch, racing and just being free!!