Warren & Emily Swan → Trips → 1990This vacation introduced a different idea. Let’s just go to one state and see what is there. Emily’s sister, Olive, had purchased a tent and came along with us. On the way to Colorado visited the Agricultural Hall of Fame in Kansas City, the Eisenhower home and memorial in Abilene, and the High Plains Museum at Goodland, Kansas.
In Colorado we camped at the Crags Campground for a few days. We had a good time at Cripple Creek, where Warren took Olive & Heidi on the Cripple Creek & Victor Narrow Gauge RR, while the others checked out the town. A memorable statement was made as we drove away on Gold Camp Road, overlooking the valley below, Heidi said, “I can see the whole world.”
We visited Miramont Castle, and Garden of the Gods. We saw Pikes Peek but didn’t go up it.
The Crags Campground itself had a beautiful hike up to the Crags.
We camped for a few days at Mesa Verde, where we were able to take quite a few hikes. The cliff dwellings were fascinating. The deer here were too friendly from people feeding them. They boldly came up to your picnic table to pull the food off of your plates!
After seeing the Black Caņon of the Gunnison, and visiting ghost towns Turret and St. Elmo, we crossed the Continental Divide at Berthoud Pass, and camped at Rocky Mountain National Park. We had several interesting hikes at Rocky Mountain NP, to Nymph Lake, Dream Lake, Bear Lake and so on.
In Denver we visited the U.S. Mint; the Molly Brown house; one of our favorite restaurants, Casa Bonita; and the Colorado Railroad Museum at Golden.
We took a Northerly Route back from Colorado, and camped at Fort Kearny State Recreational Area near Kearny, Nebraska. When we got to Golden Corral for supper in Kearny that evening we found that Little Olive was missing a shoe (the third this trip!), but no one noticed.
It was very hot as we hiked around reconstructed Fort Kearny before leaving. We spent a few hours at Harold Warp’s Pioneer Village.
The remaining sites on the way home were: the Willa Cather Historical Center in Red Cloud, NE; Trainland toy train museum near Colfax, IA; and the Herbert Hoover Library and Museum in West Branch, IA; before the Big Push to home.