I hadn’t been to my nearby horse farm since May. It’s just too hot in the summer. The usual ducks were floating around in the pond.
I didn’t know if this one was an escapee or had just flown in for the handouts.
The usual chickens and hens were wandering around.
Mike the camel loves to give kisses. I wasn’t getting any closer.
Waiting to be carved.
Horsepower for Kids was having their annual fall festival fundraiser. I got there early in the morning before crowds. Just stopped in to see how all of the sanctuary animals were doing after Hurricane Irma. They had a lot of damage to exhibits but had mostly recovered.
Busy day at the fishing pier for the pelicans.
The above got a fishing hook stuck on his feather. The fisherman started to bring him in and when the pelican took off the feather just got pulled out with the hook. It looked like it was a clean pull. Off pelican went and the fisherman had a really big feather stuck to his hook. This bird was lucky.
This one had a big hook stuck on his leg. The lifeguard swam out to him with a big net but the pelican took off flying.
A few of the pelicans hanging out on the jetty next to the pier. The one in the bottom picture has a band on his leg so he’s probably been in a bird hospital before. They usually band them before they release them back out in the wild.
I walked up to pier to see a lifeguard and park ranger cutting the fishing wire that had been wrapped around this pelican’s legs and wing. It’s a sad thing to say but these guys are experts. They had him caught, cleaned up and released in minutes. They must do this a lot.
The pelican gave them one last look before taking off.
Our view from the hotel. The first morning was the only time we saw Cheyenne Mountain. After this it was completely covered in fog.
We spent a morning walking around in the drizzle at Garden of the Gods.
An afternoon at Cave of the Winds. The view from the parking lot is above.
The above were on the road to Cripple Creek.
Spent a short time walking around the grounds of Glen Eyrie Castle. You can stay here but they book up fast. Maybe next year.
Helen Hunt Falls in Cheyenne Mountain Park.
It was hard to believe that just two weeks after Hurricane Irma passed through our area we were waking up in the foothills of Cheyenne Mountain just west of Colorado Springs. We had planned this trip back in early spring and there were a lot of hurdles to get through before we could relax on our vacation including a 7 hour flight delay getting there. Relaxing wasn’t high on the list for the vacation though. We spent every day outside in the rain and drizzle walking around. Even in the fog and rain, the area was insanely beautiful. Or maybe it was because we aren’t accustomed to seeing the mountains on a daily basis. I guess some of the people who grew up here would say the same thing about our beaches in Florida. We hit most of the places on our wish list but due to weather missed a few as well. All the more reason to go back in the near future. I took a ton of pictures and am just starting to edit them. More later.
A quiet day for birds in early September. A woodpecker, a great horned owl and a quick peek at a hummingbird.
Lots of squirrels around. The one in the bottom shot had a big bot fly bite on his side.
I found the real “Peter Cottontail” on the trail.
Creepy spiders just in time for Halloween.