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2013 – Summer Vacation – Part 4A

On this day we get up early to head back to the Great Sand Dunes National Park to take a hike up to the Overlook.  Great views and some wildlife along the way as well…

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We will also stop by the lower area where most folks stop to enjoy the dunes…

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From there we head over to Zapata Falls that we understood was an easy to moderate hike.  Well, the hike had a bit of a grade but not bad but once we got near the waterfall we got a huge shock.  To actually see the falls one has to forge there way up the water itself using cables that were supposed to be bolted into the rocks.  Several bolts were broke and there would be nothing easy to get the falls.  For Lisa this would be a useless hike but since we are here I tired to get upstream without getting hurt and did get at least near enough to the base for a few photos…

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In the above shot you can see part of the cables attached to the rock.  I was able to get just beyond that are into the hollow area before turning back.  I was wet up to my knees and later found the tennis-shoes I was wearings did not take kindly to getting wet.  Oh well, at least I got a few shots and we can mark this off out bucket list of waterfalls.

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Posted by on 06/04/2013 in Trip Reports


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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

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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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