Posts Tagged ‘Family’

Oct 13 2019

Kit Carson County Carousel (Burlington, CO)

Kit Carson County Carousel Wooden Token

This is the second time we have visited the Kit Carson Carousel. It sits on the edge of the Kit Carson County fairgrounds in the small town of Burlington, Colorado. The first time we visited the carousel we were driving Interstate 70 from Colorado to Kansas to visit family.  We were looking for a good place to stop for a little bit and stretch our legs.  It was such a neat place to visit we told other family members about it and the next time we were driving through we stopped to share the experience with them!

The carousel was #6 of the 74 carousels made by Philadelphia Toboggan Company.  It was made in 1905 for the Elitch Gardens amusement park and was used until 1927.  In 1928 Kit Carson County purchased the carousel for $1,200 (the price included shipping).

The carousel animals are stationary with three animals per row.  The original Wurlitzer band organ has been restored and plays music when the carousel is in motion. The carousel is inside a 12 sided framed building on the edge of the fair grounds with a museum and small gift shop beside it.  It is the only antique carousel that still has the original paint on both the panels and animals. Most modern carousel go approximately 8 mph, however, the Kit Carson one goes a whopping 12 mph.

The carousel has quite an interesting history. During the Great Depression the carousel spent several years in storage. They local town stored grain inside the building that housed the carousel. At one point 3 of the animals were stolen and later found in another state. It was designated a National Historic Site in 1978 and National Historic Landmark in 1987.

If you are in the area or driving through on I70 we would encourage you to stop and explore this neat carousel. It only costs 25 cents to ride the carousel and $1 to visit the museum.

Riding the Kit Carson County Carousel

Flowers at the Kit Carson Carousel

Going for another ride on the carousel!

All smiles!

Kit Carson Carousel building

Other side of the wooden token!

Jul 30 2019

On the Road Again: Where Were We?

If you guessed the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri you are correct!  We have actually been in St. Louis 4 times already this month.  I have seen the Arch many times driving through St. Louis, but a couple years ago we actually went up in it.  It is a great place to visit with some neat history.  There is actually a museum in the bottom of the arch.

Did you know?

  • Arch is 630 feet tall
  • It is made of Steel and Concrete
  • Eero Saarinen was the Finnish-American architect who designed the Arch
  • From the top of the Arch on a clear day you can see up 30 miles in either direction
  • Tram ride takes 4 minutes to go up and 3 minutes to go down
  • There are 1,076 steps inside the arch, however, they are only used for maintenance and emergencies
  • It was originally called the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial now it is the Gateway Arch National Park
  • The Memorials to Thomas Jefferson, for his role in opening the West & Dred Scott who sued for his freedom in the Old Courthouse
  • Directly across the Mississippi River from the Arch on the Illinois side is the Malcolm W. Martin Memorial Park  where the Gateway Geyser (the tallest water fountain in the U.S.) and the Mississippi River Overlook can be found

If you are going through St. Louis, Missouri and have extra time I encourage you to check it out.

Jul 20 2019

TrackRock Campground (Blairsville, GA)

Our family recently had a weekend trip to the TrackRock Campgrounds in Blairsville, Georgia. We left on Friday afternoon and stayed until Sunday.  The campground was very nice and well maintained.  We arrived after the office closed but they had our name posted with our campsite on the bulletin board.

There was a mix of retired couples and families as well as RVs and tents at the campgrounds. The campsites had enough space and trees around them to give everyone some privacy.  We stayed in campsite #10 which had full hookups (water, electricity and sewer) and as a bonus wild blueberries!  They were not quite ripe yet, but there were other berries around the property and a blueberry bucket in the office so they are pretty common.

They have a lake you can fish or swim in, a couple playgrounds, hiking trails, and more.  TrackRock has their own stables were you can either board your own horse or go for a ride on one of theirs.  They have a variety of horse trails.

Lake with the mountains in the background.

Barn with old farm equipment around it.

My favorite peeps!

Trackrock Campgrounds, Cabins & Stables

Apr 28 2017

North Georgia Zoo & Farm (Cleveland, GA)

North Georgia Zoo & Farm is a great place to visit with your family, especially if your kids enjoy animals.

That turtle and zebra have familiar faces….  Thankful that the girls still occasionally “humor” me with the cheesy pictures!

Baby goats!

This porcupine has a fantastic breakfast, look at all those fruits & veggies!

The beaver is munching on his veggies too!

Beautiful animal!

Are you sure you don’t have another treat for me!?

Albino Kangaroo napping in the shade!

Singing dog, so wanted to hear it actually sing!!!

Brina loving all the animals!

Jake and Karlie waiting for the Animal Show to start

Soft….of course the girls wanted at least one when they found out that they sale them at this location

Fascinating to watch it run awhile!

A lot softer than we expected.

Apr 24 2017

Sleepy Hollow with Cedar Creek Cabins (Sautee Nacoochee, GA)

Spending some time away over Spring Break. Playing “Spot It”!

Look twin bears in our cabin!

Karlie hanging out in the loft.

Easter baskets for the girls.

Ready for another great day in the cabin!