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The coldest I have ever been

I am very much a warm-blooded Texan.

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So when we made it to the peak, I froze. I am pretty sure it was the coldest I have EVER been in my life. IT was absolutely horrible.

I am not a cold weather person, I love the warm tropical humidity that I have been raised in. I love the the fact that in March I can so swimming in Texas.

This negative 10 degree business on the top of this mountain… not for me.

So needless to say I did not take many pictures, in fact when I was going through the pictures, I could tell I was snapping pictures while running to get inside the building, and hoping for the best.

These are my running pictures


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So that is why this post has very few pictures.

I was told it is cold not matter what time of year you go, but let me just say mid October it was negative 10 degrees. I have only read about temps like that, never experienced them.

Also, I must add one important detail, this was an unexpected detour and trip we added last minutes, so when it came to clothes all I had was a jacket, jeans and tennis shoes. We bought something for our head at Walmart the night before. I spoke with this sweet couple from Wisconsin, and the husband told me there is not much you can do when it gets this cold, when it is cold it’s cold.

I couldn’t agree more Mr. Wisconsin I couldn’t agree more.

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I have a whole new respect for you Northerners thanks to this trip.

I think this face taken with my brother & dad says it all…

our faces says it all...
our faces says it all…

Until Next Time

Pike’s Peak Cog Railway

We saw the billboards for this while driving and decided that playing tourist would be worth it, because we sure as heck were not going to drive up Pike’s Peak. A train ride seemed like a much more exciting ride up the mountain especially after the whole South Mountain fiasco

So we booked the tickets, and the following day we were on the first train ride out to the peak.

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I was exhausted from being sick, already a week of travel, not packing enough warm clothing and driving, so the fact that the ride was gentle and relaxing was wonderful.

I sleepily took pictures of the views from the train, the trip lasts a little over three hours, and you spend some time at the peak (more on this later)

I sadly can’t remember a lot of what was said, (like I said I was exhausted) but I can tell you that we went through multiple terrains and  each terrains was beautiful in it’s own way.

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I later learned that not much grows at the peak, because it is so cold. (it was negative 10 when we were there!!! )

The trip had great views, and some fun photos ops, had I wrote this within the month of getting back I would probably have more details, but the one detail I can tell you is that it is worth the ride. If you are ever in the area I recommend you book a trip. It is a great day trip for you locals. You can find all the information about the railway here

Fair warning though, the top is horribly cold.  (AGAIN it was NEGATIVE 10 !!!) That is what I will share with you hopefully tomorrow, until then,

Here are some pics 🙂

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No Name, Colorado

No Name Colorado

When I saw this sign I laughed. What person was lazy enough to not even come up with an original name for an area, then it dawned on me. No Name is kinda original.  I think who ever “discovered” this place, realized that it has a very unique beauty that is hard to name… at least that is what I told myself. 🙂

obviously I am taking pictures...
obviously I am taking pictures…

We had to pull over for a quick rest, and I was able to snag a few pictures of the area. There really is not much to say about this place except that it was very pretty, and I later learned you can see the sign I saw in the movie Vanishing Point.

Which reminds me I need to rent that…

Anyway, here are the pics

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Until Next Time,


My Obsession with Welcome Centers

While driving to work this morning I was thinking about my next post and I realized it would be another Welcome Center Post, and then the thought occurred to me that I might have a problem.

My name is Jennifer and I have an addiction to Welcome Centers.

Seriously, every time I road trip I get excited about a new welcome center, just last week I stopped at the Mississippi Welcome Center (more on that in the future) and determined it to be probably the most photogenic welcome centers I have ever been too.

I think it is because every state has their own character and charm, and the welcome center rest stops are always a way to see that.

I have posted about other state’s welcome centers in the past and today it is time to add another to the list. 

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I loved Colorado’s Welcome Center,  it was the typical Welcome to “Our State” sort of situation, but what made this center unique is it had a memorial dedicated to those veterans from Colorado who lost their life in Vietnam, and as I have major respect for anyone in the military and what they sacrifice, it made me smile, as I feel we can’t honor our military enough.

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So today my friends I give you the Colorado Welcome Center, I also should mention this is also on Roadside America, so you know it has to be pretty awesome.  (I do want to note that I am  not 100% if this memorial is associated with the center or not, but it is right next door to the building so I am under the assumption it is)

Here are a few of the pics from the visit:

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If you want to see if for yourself it is located at

340 Highway 340
Fruita CO