Garden of the Gods is the park everyone (it seems) knows in Colorado Springs. This is another city park about a mile or two South, called Red Rock Canyon Open Space. It’s kind of like the little brother but there is actually more land there. It also, back in the 19th Century, was used for such purposes as landfilling and quarrying.
Thankfully the quarrying was in the past though there are still some industrial things going on there, I assume part of the land reclamation over the old town dump.
I spend so much time on the road but wanted to get some shots from inside with a bunch of tourists. Most of this was just a regular Thursday in the Summer, I missed out on getting 4th of July because it rained a lot of the afternoon. I’ve been back a few times now but the crowds haven’t been there.
One of the special tours we did recently, a team-up with a bus tour company and the nicest hotel in the area. Colorado Springs has almost 25 breweries around town, these half-day tours focused on 3 of the more prominent ones.
I also threw in one that’s close to the office as I go there now and again. Some of our most interesting spaces are old buildings that have been renovated and repurposed; we have a few breweries around town like that, they used to be hotels, schools, railroad infrastructure, etc. I’m happy to see these buildings given new life instead of being torn down in the name of progress.
As I write this I’m staying in a vacation rental in Fountain, CO, on an old 1915 farmstead that is a holdout in what seems like ever-faster-paced life all around it. Across the street the suburbs keep encroaching on what used to be arable farmland. Now it’s just fodder for the land developers and the constant flood of people from California.
It kind of reminds me of this article that I read recently, with changing tastes and demands just contributing to ever-more waste and unsustainability in the name of “morals.” We’ve known since the time of Malthus that there would be a breaking point but when will that be? What I want to do more than anything is get away from all the crowds, the influx of the unwashed masses, live somewhere unspoiled by Man. The problem is, I would be just the tip of a new spearhead and then slowly yet another landscape would be ruined eventually.
Because again, in Colorado and the Southwest, there are a lot of them.
The first is my pastor’s old Chevy that he’s been working on for the last few years. The others are at the place I was recently staying, the owner is a big fan of vintage Willys and Plymouth vehicles. There will probably be plenty more on this in the future. I hope Jim Grey approves!