Friday, October 31, 2014

Halloween 10/31/2014

Cathedral Pines Pikes Peak Loop 10-31-14

5-mile loop with Jenny (156 runtotal) in Black Forest.  This loop is in Cathedral Pines, heavily affected by the Black Forest fire in 2013.  We did not see one other person on the trail or in its parking lot - very very quiet.

lots of burned trees

foundation of a burned house, but many were saved or rebuilt

view of Pikes Peak from the half-way-ish point

Air Force Academy view from half-way-ish point.  Obstructed by trees and hills except this location.

the forest

still some late wildflowers and mushrooms this mild fall

crazy grass as new undergrowth after the fire in some places

Mt. Rosa and a bit of Almagre

I think this is called East Pond, in Black Forest Regional Park along the Pikes Peak loop

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Greenland Open Space 10-25-14

Kipps Loop total distance about 9 miles (runtotal 151).   Beautiful day for a long walk!

Edward Thomas Kipps died 1890's of tuberculosis.  Buried in an abandoned cemetery (since 1920's, most graves moved elsewhere) along the Kipps loop.  Apparently there are more graves hidden in the scrub oak but didn't know that and so didn't look.  
Found a post about this old cemetery online - called Greenmount and it used to serve Palmer Lake until the 1920's or so:  "Two graves are still visible, but only one has a readable marker. That grave is surrounded by an impressive 18-by-20-foot iron fence and gate. The granite marker is over six feet tall and reads: Edward Thomas - Beloved Husband of Louisa Kipps - Born Sep 7th 1861 - Aged 28 Years - He is not dead but sleepeth - E. Kipps - London England. The actual grave is surrounded by shaped cement blocks. Four mature spruce trees are within the fence boundaries. The other visible grave is also surrounded by an iron fence approximately 10 by 10 feet. Several large moss-covered rocks within the fenced area appear as though they may at one time have formed a headstone and marker. Unlike the larger grave, there is no gate. The smaller grave is located approximately 160 feet northeast of the Kipps grave. Information at the Palmer Lake Museum and from a longtime resident indicates several other unmarked graves are in this area: supposedly a Liebcapp baby (whose father was a Santa Fe Railroad agent), Vance Chase (who lived on a ranch near Ben Lomond), and another baby whose Mexican father was a railroad trackhand. Some speculate that Dr. Thompson, Palmer Lake developer and builder of the Estemere Victorian Estate, is also buried here in an unmarked grave."

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Pulpit Rock 10-18-14

Pulpit Rock with mom, a few miles (142 runtotal).  Accidentally had the camera in 'retro' setting so all the photos look a bit off in color and focus.

Abe playing on the chair.