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2013 – Summer Vacation – Part 3B

Our next stop will be at the Colorado Gators Reptile Park; yes, you read that right…

This is a Family Operated / Active Fish Farm with Gators and other Reptiles / Birds they have “rescued” from pet owners that didn’t understand what they had.  So, it’s a bit of a tourist trap but it is also worth a stop if you are in the area and have the time to help them pay the bills.

Colorado Gators Reptile Park

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I would also find some unexpected Railfanning while here as they had a couple of Boxcars used as storage sheds.  Both are likely old Burlington Northern units that were later listed as RBWX (WESTERN FRUIT EXPRESS CO.)    The location is roughly: Mosca, CO – 37 42.352 N / 105 52.160 W

RBWX #60474

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RBWX #60260

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After spending time walking through that facility taking photos and enjoying Lisa hold a baby gator it was time to leave.

Before calling it a night we will swing over to the Great Sand Dunes to take a few evening photos and get information on a trail we plan to hike in the morning.

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Posted by on 06/03/2013 in RRAdventures, Trip Reports

 

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2012 – A Lyons Catch

On November 4th, we decided to head up to Estes Park for do a little shopping and have lunch at one of our favorite local restaurants.  After lunch we headed up into Rocky Mountain Nation Park as a nice afternoon drive.  We stopped at the Visitor Center to pick up some information for next year…

I would also stop to take a photo of the memorial to Ranger Jeff Christensen who was killed in a fall on the Mummy Range here in the park

As we head back for home I will catch three (3) Railroad Cars in Lyons, Colorado.  All three are now static displays that are on private property and one of them (BN Caboose) is currently “For Rent” for a very small business along the highway.  All three could sure use some TLC if they are survive as historical cars…

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World Travel – Alaska 2012 – Cruise Day #7

Port of Call:  Seattle, Washington

Our final day of our Alaska Adventure and as we wake, Seattle, Washington is in sight as well as the Space Needle.

Space Needle

Time for us to catch some breakfast and get ready to disembark the ship.  Before we do this, one last look at our navigation to see how far we have traveled now that we are in port.

Seattle Washington

With that, we step off the ship; BUT!, we are not yet done with this adventure as we will make a day of it in Seattle by taking a shore excursion here as well.  Time to get on our Tour Bus for a city tour…

We will head up to Queen Anne Hill at Kerry Park and catch a view of the Space Needle.  Note the ORANGE top of the Space Needle as it’s the 50th Anniversary of its construction and they have painted it back to its original color.

Queen Anne Hill - Kerry Park

Now it’s time to head over to the Space Needle and ride up the elevator to the top.  We will get our picture taken and will see a FREE Digital Postcard of ourselves from the top.  There is our ship down below…

From below we will take a few shots before catching our bus as we continue our City Tour

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We will briefly stop at Occidental Park for a few shots and also catch a shot of the Waterfront Street Car station that is here as well.

Seattle, Washington

Our final destination of the City Tour is the Farmers Market where we will grab some lunch…

Seattle Washington

While our bus made it’s way through the city we passed the old King Street Station that was the depot for the Great Northern Railway and Northern Pacific Railway.  Currently there is a King Tut exhibit going on so the temporarily adjusted the station sign to read King TUT Street Station.  It was impossible to get a clean / complete shot of the station while on the bus but here is a couple of shots from different angles we did get.

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I will also get a few Railfan shots in from the bus as we headed down the highway to our hotel for the night

Seattle, WA

The next day we fly back home on board Frontier with Fritz being our animal.  We will pass Mount Rainier and I will be able to get several shots from out the plane window.  As we land in Denver I had to laugh as there was Mustang Sally at the next gate.  If you recall, that is the plane we boarded at the beginning of this adventure

Hope everyone enjoyed reading all the “World Travel – Alaska 2012 …” blog entries from this trip report as we have enjoyed sharing them with you.  Rest assured, more Travel Reports will be coming…

 
 

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2012 – Goose Fest – Day #1

Golden, Colorado

For the past three days as part of a VIP package I have been at the Colorado Railroad Museum for a special fund-raising event know as Goose Fest which highlights the Rio Grande Southern (RGS) Galloping Geese.  On Day #1 (Friday) I took advantage of not only coming to see the famous engines together for the first time but to also take in the museum as a whole.

Here is just a tiny example of the type of equipment that call the CRRM home…

Rio Grande

There is also a wonderful Library here and if you need information on Narrow Gauge railroads this is the primary facility to come to.  As I get closers to retirement I too hope to help work here at the library helping to bring it into the digital age.

I will also take photographs & video of the Galloping Geese getting setup in fount of the Roundhouse / Restoration facility.  The original plan for Goose Fest 2012 was to have all seven (7) of the RGS Engines together for the first time but at the 11th hour Knott’s Berry Farm pulled RGS #3 from this historic event.  Here is a shot of six (6) of the seven (7) all lined up in order in numerical order…

Galloping Geese

After a wonderful day, and the museum now closed to the public, the Colorado Railroad Museum treated the VIP’s to an informal dinner in the museum giving us a chance to get to know each other.  We are also treated with a showing of TIN FEATHERS, GASOLINE, AND FUMES about these historic engines.

With dinner ate, we head back outside to a Night Photo session of the RGS Engine in front of the Roundhouse.  My simple Point-n-Shot was not meant for this type of photography but I will run the video camera at the same time to catch this unique experience.  Those with better 35mm / Digital cameras I’m sure got some wonderful shots with the help of strobe lights that were setup for this photography special.

Night Shoot

Time to go home after spending nearly 14 hours at the CRRM and download Day #1’s images and videos and get ready to get up early for Day #2.  I will give more history about the engines in the next blog entry…

 

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2008: Amtrak (California Zephyr)

In June we took off on a Amtrak (2008) RRAdventures rail trip aboard the California Zephyr. We started our trip at Denver UNION Station and headed west towards Emeryville, CA. This is a two-day trip and we got ourselves a Roomette on one of the sleepers. It was a wonderful trip but as usual, UP caused various delays but that just added more time on the train so what the heck!

Once we got to Emeryville, CA we got off the train and spent the night in a wonder hotel right next to the tracks that I took advantage of including a night shot of the station. Come morning the train had been serviced and ready to head east and we got ready to board again. To our surprise we had a couple of “extra” cars add to the rear of the train. A private tour had added a sleeper as well as a beautiful Dome car to our roster.

As we headed east it again took us two days to get back to Denver (with even more UP delays) and again at some stops we could get off the train for a few minutes. At our Grand Junction stop I took several photographs around the station including one of BN Caboose 12517 that I later saw another TB member post that was taken on the same day from the same spot only hours apart from each other.

When my TrainBoard RRAdventures topic on this trip begins there will be a great deal of photographs and Video clips for folks to enjoy; including a surprises even I didn’t expect to see on this trip.


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Posted by on 06/04/2008 in RRAdventures

 

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2008: Miscellaneous (Clear Creek Canyon CO)

Took some time while driving along Clear Creek on US-6 back on May 30th to photograph various Flat Cars that are today being used as private bridges. Using Google Earth I have identified their location via GPS rather than by city.


D&RGW AX #22051
39°45’52.34″N 105°26’47.13″W

D.O.D. #21024
39°45’52.15″N 105°26’47.16″W

BN #962145
39°45’3.04″N 105°23’57.90″W

 
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Posted by on 05/30/2008 in RRAdventures

 

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2006: Boulder County Railway

RRAdventure Topic on TrainBoard: (RRAdventures) – Boulder County Railway

RRAdventure Website: Boulder County Railway – Valmont

 
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Posted by on 06/11/2006 in RRAdventures

 

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