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AOW TO HOST CELEBRITY TOURS

Celebrity rockers, political icons and TV producers all showed up to support the annual summer vacation. Rockers included Aerosmith and Cher touring the area.

Steven Tyler was spotted in the back of a pick-up truck towing a llama. When asked about the incident he said “IT’S NOT VERY OFTEN I GET TO RIDE IN A TRUCK LIKE NORMAL FOLK.” We told him normal folk don’t ride in the back of the pick-up, just hillbillies. He never did stop talking.

Cher was a bit more secretive requiring a private tour with pick-up out by the dumpsters. “We were not informed as to who our secret guest would be so it was quite a surprise to see her.” Said Twister. “She was standing next to the grease pit with her poodle in hand and hot pink leather pants, real subtle.” During her concert that night at the World Arena Cher thanked Twister for letting her twirl his gun.

The political power house known as NATO also took the time to visit the area and support our summer. The group was headlined by Mrs. Donald Rumsfeld and other world leaders. During training with the secret service our drivers were told never to stop for anything, even if the endangered Mexican Spotted Owl was in the road. Twister said, These ladies were some of the most fun guests we’ve ever had.” The guest asked the famous Jeep drivers to pose with them for photos to take back to Washington.

TV coverage included appearances on The Outdoor Channel. The Outdoor Channel came along to support the summer long event and to get away from it all. The producers were quoted as saying. “It’s nice to get out and support the summer like this. We work all year long in hot and sweaty exotic locations. The cool dry climate here in Colorado Springs is second to none. “The show was amazing, and broadcasted scenic vistas of Colorado Springs world-wide. The celebrity tours have been such a success that many inquiries have been made for future tours. AOW has agreed to host next year’s summer tours.

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The Conquest of the Skies

Journal de Paris, 22 November 1783

Official report drawn up at the Chateau de la Muette after the experiment with the aerostatic machine of M. Montgolfier.

On this day, 21 November 1783, at the Chateau de la Muette, an experiment with the aerostatic machine of M. Montgolfier was carried out.

The sky was, in several places, obscured by cloud, in others clear, a north-westerly wind prevailed.

At eight minutes past noon, a mortar was fired – a signal to begin the filling of the machine, within eight minutes, despite the wind, it was filled out evenly and ready to take off, with the Marquis D’ Arlandes and M. Pilatre de Rozier on the observation deck.

Their first intention was to send the machine into the air, but to restrain it at the same time with ropes in order to test it, study the precise weights it was capable of carrying and ensure that everything was as it should be for the important experiment that was about to be carried out.

But the wind caught the machine which, far from rising vertically, drifted in the direction of one of the pathways of the garden, and the ropes which were holding it down, working too violently, caused several rents to appear – one more than six feet in length. When the machine had been brought back to the platform it was repaired in less than two hours.

It left, refilled at six minutes to two, carrying the same gentlemen as before. It was seen to rise in a most majestic fashion and when it reached about 250 feet above the ground, the intrepid travelers, taking off their hats, bowed to the spectators. At that moment one experienced a feeling of fear mingled with admiration.

Soon the aerial navigators were lost from view, but the machine, floating on the horizon and displaying a most beautiful shape, climbed to at least 3,000 feet at which height it was still visible; it crossed the Seine below the gate of la Conference and, passing between the Military Academy and the Hotel des Invalides, it was borne to a position where it could be seen by all Paris.

When the travellers were satisfied with this experiment, not wishing to make a longer journey, they agreed to descend; but realizing that the wind was bearing them down upon the houses of the Rue de Seve, in the Faubourg Saint-Germain, they retained their calm and, increasing the production of gas, rose once more and continued on their way through the sky until they had passed over the outskirts of Paris.

They made a gentle descent into a field beyond the new boulevard, opposite the Croulebarbe mill, without suffering the slightest discomfort, with two-thirds of their supplies still intact; so they could, if they had wanted to, have journeyed three times as far. Their voyage had taken them 20 to 25 minutes over a distance of 4 – 5000 fathoms.

The machine measured 70 feet in height and 46 in diameter; its volume was 60,000 cubic feet and on this occasion it carried between 1,600 and 1,700 lbs in weight.

Written at the Chateau de la Muette at five o’ clock in the afternoon. Signed, the Duke of Polignac, the Duke of Guines, the Comte de Polastron, the Comte de Vaudreil, d Hunaud, Benjamin Franklin, Faujas da Saunt – Fond, Delisle and Lercy from the Academie des Sciences. AOW-043 LR

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The Last Stretch of Gold Camp Road Isn’t Boring

Coming north along Lower Gold Camp Road from Helen Hunt Falls, there are lots of thrilling vistas to see. Eventually, however, you get back to paved road and then cross over Bear Creek Road at the northern end of High Drive. From there it’s only a short way over to 26th Street. The views may not be so great along this brief segment of Gold Camp, but the geology – if you’re into that sort of thing – is fascinating.

First, just a few yards past Bear Creek, is the overflow parking lot for Seven Bridges hiking trail. Here, nuggets of Pikes Peak granite are piled up just across the road. Given its pink microcline feldspar, its large crystals, and its various mineral inclusions, this rock is unique to the region – and therefore, because you can also get it so cheaply, it would make the perfect souvenir of your visit for yourself or a relative.

Next, just past the trail head for Seven Bridges, you’ll see a ravine on the left where, if you look carefully, you can see that rocks of granite mingle with rocks of sandstone. At this point you’re passing over the tail end of the Ute Pass Fault, one of the major factors in our local terrain. This dramatic change in geology becomes apparent a few yards farther on, where you pass through an impressive hogback of Dakota Sandstone from the Late Cretaceous, so within a hundred yards you’ve jumped from 1.1 billion-year-old granite to 100 million-year-old sandstone.

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Finally, almost to 26th street, at Pullout # 1 of Lower Gold Camp you can see an impressive wall of sand and limestone a few feet to the west. If the light is right (best in the morning), you can see the ripples of an ancient seafloor at the southern edge of this wall, plus another small patch of ripples about ten feet to the north. This is the beginning of the Western Interior Waterway which covered the area in the Late Cretaceous. It was the shallow ocean of this period that created those ripples in the sand. Near the ripples are also raised tracks that look like those made by sea-worms. A few more feet to the north of the ripples you can see (but only if you get out and walk up close to the wall) the embedded fossil of an ammonite. It’s pretty much worn away now, but you can still make out the spiraling chambers of the shell, which are like those of its modern relative, the nautilus. Finally, to the right of the ammonite fossil are layers of whiter limestone which were deposited here during times of deeper water at the end of the dinosaur age.

-Whipper

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This ain’t my First Rodeo

Nope, but last year it was our first COS RODEO.  Year two is going to be fantastic at the COS RODEO Western Wednesdays at Norris Penrose event center.

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A lot goes into planning a rodeo and last year it was HOT!  So we spent the last month building some shade.  Whats it take?

5 guys sweating in the sun,  One Jeep with a 9000lb wich, 24 cable clamps three shackles, one come along, and a bunch of fabric sewn by Roland.  So we hope you enjoy the shade,

“Nothin’ but the best Clark”

 

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How to be a thrifty traveler

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Chihuly Glass Gardens, Seattle WA. Emmalee Mason, 2017.

 

I’ve met a lot of people who think if you travel a lot you must be swimming in cash and extra time, but this certainly isn’t the case in my experience.

I recently spoke to an old friend who traveled to Dublin Ireland from Colorado Springs for $200 round trip. I was shocked to hear this because just a few months ago I paid almost $300 just to go from Denver to Las Vegas (a terrible deal. If you go at the right time you can get round trip for $80).

So how did my friend get tickets to fly oversees for dirt cheap? Kayak.com during black Friday is the secret reveal for that swipe.

Traveling on a budget does require some research and flexibility – and sometimes you have to be willing to drop certain things.

For example, when I went to Seattle I spent an unholy amount of money on seeing the space needle and going to Chihuly glass gardens, but this was something in my mind that I absolutely needed to do, so I made time for it. I’ll almost always save expenses for visiting big attractions or going on a tour that covers a wide area. I make up for this by mainly eating snacks throughout the day and not a lot of huge meals.

In my mind seeing the local attractions and hidden spots are much more important than local food – I know a lot of people who are the opposite.

Financially restricted travels always flows smoother if you plan your time ahead. That way you aren’t stuck in an unfamiliar city with no idea what to do because you’ve run out of money. I get being spontaneous and finding local spots when you talk to people, but leaving your entire trip unplanned is a great way to spontaneously spend a lot of cash.

Whenever I speak to anyone visiting Colorado Springs who is unsure of what to do, I always recommend taking a jeep tour on their first day. That was they get a good overview of the historic locations, history of the town, and get to see Garden of the Gods all in a few hours. Then from here they can take things they learned about in their tour (from their local guide) and fill the rest of the day walking around town, going to museums, shops, or getting great local food.

If you are lucky enough to have a non-financially restricted vacation then hey, ever been on a balloon flight?

~Firefly

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Driver Bio- Dusty Lane

The drivers of AOW are quite the characters, the tour business is set up in a way that attracts people who are wanderers, explorers, story tellers and lovers of history. Each member of AOW has their own unique story to tell- and it’s sure to keep you spell-bound!

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One of these characters is Billy Joe, whom we affectionately call Dusty. If you’re looking for a genuine western fellow he’s about as western as a sunset. He reigns from Arizona and California, and has worked for AOW for about 20 years – since jeep tours first began.

Billy isn’t satisfied with just being a jeep guide, he’s an actor as well. You can see Billy in movies such as Tombstone and Billy the Kid, and his most recent film called The Greatest Story Ever Told. If you get lucky you might even spot him in a Capitol One commercial!

Dusty has a Harley named King David, and enjoys taking rides through the Rockies on his breaks from entertaining.

Dusty is a man of God whose always got a story and a bible verse up his sleeve.

 

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I’m Shakin’

No that’s just the Quakus Tremuloidus shaking in the breeze. The first settlers called the Aspen tree quakies because the way they do. When the wind blows down the canyons the unique 3 sided stem of the Aspen leaf causes the leaf to shimmer in the breeze.

Whatever it does to the tree it works because aspens are also known to be the world’s largest living organism. That’s right, the aspen grows a new tree from the roots every year. After 20-30 years an aspen grove can have thousands of trees covering an acre or more. All the trees in the grove are attached to each other and part of the same organism. In the fall our quakies put on a show. Each organism turns a slightly different shade of golden. When they start to shimmer and the leaves fall off, our Colorado hillsides are covered with dollar sized gold pieces. “There’s Gold in dem der hills!”

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