Colorado Springs scrapbook

Colorado Springs  CO

View of Pikes Peak from Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs.

Recently  I  drove to Colorado Springs  with my kids Kevin and Emily to visit our aunt Dorothy. We were blessed with pleasant weather for much of our five day visit.  Our first sight seeing stop was  Garden of the Gods which is just a few minute’s drive from our aunt Dorothy’s  home. The deep red sandstone rock formations framing Pikes Peak is always a magnificent site. In the afternoon we drove a few miles south to North Cheyenne Canyon for a picnic along an ice crusted stream.  My wife Kris often talked about returning to this spot for a picnic, and we are all sure that she was with us in spirit. We drank a root beer toast to her memory.

After acclimating to the altitude, Kevin and Emily and I returned to the canyon  for a  hike along Seven Bridges Trail.  The trail is steep, but the views are gorgeous.  We turned around and headed back as the weather conditions deteriorated and occasional snow squalls set in. The mix of Aspen and pine trees along the upper reaches of the trail must make for a spectacular Autumn view.
Although I have been to Colorado Springs a number of times, I have never been to Cheyenne Canyon Zoo located in the shadow of the Will Rogers Memorial Shrine of the Sun. From what I understand, this is the only zoo built into the side of a mountain, and the views overlooking Colorado Springs and the plains is spectacular. The exhibits are modern and  both visitor and critter friendly. The Giraffe herd is touted to be the largest of any zoo.

In Colorado as in Nebraska, you never know what the late winter weather might bring,  but all in all,  we could not have asked for a more pleasant late winter getaway.

Blair Balloonist Jaworski inducted into Hall of Fame

Jaworski Hot Air Balloon

Over hill and dale. Rich Jaworski pilots his passengers above the hills north of Blair in March, 2016.

We all look up to Blair balloonist Rich Jaworski when we see his brilliant red and white striped balloon float through the skies over Washington County on a calm morning or evening. Following his induction into the Nebraska Aviation Hall of Fame Enterprise on-line editor and reporter  Leeana Elis interviewed Jaworski, and I searched through my archive for photos I have taken over the years to accompany the article.

I have watched Jaworski and his crew prepare for take off many times, but the most memorable for me was standing in the parking lot of St.Francis Borgia  in the wee hours of a frigid morning in 2007 as the balloonist prepared for a long distance flight.

Congratulations to Rich, and thanks for the joy you provide as we view your balloon floating over the countryside. – Joe Burns

Saturday  Heritge Days

Rich Jaworski greets guests as they climb aboard for a bird’s eye view of Fort Atkinson during Heritage Days in Fort Calhoun.

Quilts in the Country show and garden walk

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Despite a forecast of rain, the sun shone brightly Saturday morning, July 16, for the 5th Annual Quilts in the Country  show and garden walk in rural Bennington.  The show hosted by Doug and Teri Wolfe featured more than 350 … Continue reading

Picture perfect evening

The familiar sight of Rich Jaworski’s red and white hot air balloon floating on a gentle evening breeze above Washington County is a sure sign that spring is, or soon will be here.  Wednesday evening  Jaworski and passengers Niki, Neal, Alyssa and Ryan Schumacher floated  serenely  above County Road 14 shortly before landing in a nearby field.

Jaworski Hot Air Balloon

Rich Jaworski and passengers float above County Road 14 north of Blair Wednesday just before sunset.