Towaoc Mission Adventure 2011—Daily Journal

Day 3, Thursday, July 21st

Mission Trip to Towaoc, CO
Ute Mountain Ute Indian Reservation
July 19—July 31, 2011

Latest update: 11/19/2011.

From Jamestown UMC: Paul Rogers, Teresa Rogers, Jim Starkey, Connie Starkey, Steve Mann, Roberta Mann, Gary Buss, Becky Buss, Randy Beehler, Debra Beehler, Keith Berg, Lana Berg, LeRoy Schrock, Micah Rogers, Mariah Rogers, Caitlyn Wenger, Sarah Miller, Liz Starr, Augie Farwig and Maggie Farwig.

From Sunnycrest UMC in Marion, IN: Jack Wood, Heather Huston, Aubry Richards, Hayli Parker.

From Trinity UMC in Kendallville, IN: Matt Pattison

Day 3,Thursday, July 21st

Early to rise today.  Still raining.  Ate breakfast at the hotel then on the road for another long day.  The trip across Nebraska was similar as Day 2; corn fields and soybean fields.  On I-80 in Nebraska near North Platte, we saw what we believed to be a walkway across the interstate.  It had an interesting statue on each side of the highway.

Archway Across I-80 near North Platte, NE  Statue at Sides of Archway

Just inside Colorado, we stopped at a rest area where there was this monument honoring the Pony Express.  Surprisingly, the Pony Express operated for only 19 months from 1860-1861.  It became obsolete with the invention of the telegraph.

Poney Express Statue

Further into Colorado, we started seeing large cattle ranches.
The picture below only shows a portion of the whole of this cattle area.

Colorado Cattle Ranch 

Then, as we approached Denver, LeRoy got his very first, live view of the Colorado Rocky Mountains.

View of Colorado Rocky Mountains 

Making our way through Denver, we then headed for Colorado Springs where we would stay for two nights.  Our accommodations for these nights were the KOA campground south of Colorado Springs.  A few moments of relaxation before our next adventure.

KOA Cabin  Randy and Deb Chat at Cabin

Some of Mission Team Relaxing at a Cabin  Steve and Jack Chat at Cabin

After a brief time for relaxation and supper, we headed for a place called "Seven Falls".
The scenery was gorgeous and the falls were magnificent.

Scenery Approaching Seven Falls Scenery Approaching Seven Falls

Steps to Observation Platform
          That's a long way up!  So, how do you get up there?
          Stairs, of course!  How many steps? 
          See for yourself! 
          Fortunately, there was also an elevator.
 Observation Platform

So, how many steps?  The sign says 185!  Heather made it!  Wow, and it's a long way down, too.

Heather at Top  View Down from Observation Platform

The best view of the falls is from the observation platform.  The color lights at dusk makes it easier to count them.

Seven Falls at Daytime  Seven Falls After Dark

While waiting for dusk, Aubry & Hayli relax while Augie decides to compete with Jack's mustache.

Aubry & Halyi  Augie & Jack

Augie shows off his new addition while LeRoy & Deb chat.

Augie's Mustache  LeRoy & Deb Chat

Roberta, Becky Gary & Jack take a break.

Roberta, Becky, Gary & Jack

Pow Wow dancers performed then Mariah & Maggie joined in on a dance.

Pow Wow Dancers  Marih & Maggie Join Pow Wow

After a long day, finally, back to the KOA for the night.

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