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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Cripple Creek and Dinner with Friends in Manitou Springs

On Friday, June 24th Mac & I decided to make a trip to Cripple Creek to see how the town had changed since we were there the last time…about 20 years ago…LOL

We started making our way up the mountain and the views were amazing!!

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We stopped at the Heritage Center to look at all the displays. There were lots of displays regarding the mining history in Cripple Creek.

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We passed the Molly Kathleen Gold Mine but didn’t take the tour. Mac took it several years ago, but I couldn’t go down inside…

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We then went on in to Cripple Creek. WOW how things have changed!

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There are about 10 – 12 Casinos in town now….most of the downtown buildings have been converted into casinos. Of course we had to try our hand a several of them. I think I left town with about $40.00 more dollars than I started, but Mac didn’t do quite so well. LOL

They were setting up vendor booths for Saturday & Sunday’s Donkey Derby. We weren’t going to go back for that…they were so busy on Friday I can’t imagine what Saturday & Sunday were going to be like.

When we left Cripple Creek, we decided to make a side trip to Victor, CO to see what all was there and to make a trip to the Sunnyside Cemetery. We had been to this Cemetery when we were here years ago and man it has changed a lot. Gone was the wide open area to walk through the old gravesites and lots of wrought iron fences had been put up around family plots that made things look real crowded.

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We took a drive through downtown Victor and it didn’t look like many businesses were still open.

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We then headed back to Woodland Park to our RV…have I said…the views are awesome here…we love this area.

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On Saturday we just hung out at the RV and did some household chores and watched TV and set outside for a while.

Sunday we made a drive to Manitou Springs to meet up with Jesse & Ginger  and to meet online friends Tony & Jackie for an early dinner at  the Stagecoach Inn. We arrived in Manitou Springs about an hour early to have a look around but the town was swamped with people so we just drove around. We couldn’t find a place to park the large truck…Lots of businesses that would have been nice to go in and look around.

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We headed to the Inn about 2:40 to make sure we were there on time.

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After everyone arrived we had hugs all around and started chatting to catch up. We ordered some drinks and continued to talk for quite a while. We eventually ordered our meal….the food was only so-so and VERY expensive. The Company & conversation were priceless though!! It was so great to spend a couple of hours with these friends.

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We headed back to the RV to start packing things up for our trip to Cheyenne on Monday….

Stay tuned…

 

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4 comments:

KarenInTheWoods and Steveio said...

Ohhh those tourist traps are a bit too crowded for me... LOL but your scenery around your campground is wonderful!

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squawmama said...

So glad you're having fun... The scenery is awesome and it looks as if you picked up some GREAT friends...LOL
Have fun
Donna

Cyndi said...

Wow! Talk about change. There were no casinos of any kind when I was there last, but that was back in 1976. That is a gorgeous place--I lived at the Air Force Academy as a child and we visited every possible spot we could up in those mountains. Thanks for the memories.

Chuck and Anneke's RV travels said...

We have only been to Cripple Creek once, but is a crazy place!