Adventure · Travel · Uncategorized

PIKE SUMMITS HIS NAMESAKE PEAK FOR 2006 BICENTENNIAL

Colorado Springs: After 200 years of trying Zebulon Montgomery Pike has finally succeeded in climbing Pikes Peak, with a little help from his friends at Adventures Out West. Pike took part in this year’s bicentennial celebration by taking a Jeep Tour up the once un-scalable mountain. Pike commented on how professional his cowboy driver was, and is quoted as saying “This view is amazing, could their be another like it?” to which the unnamed cowboy said “Yep, you should see it from one of our hot-air balloons.” Well Pike still being the adventurer agreed that he would have to try flying now that he conquered Pikes Peak.
The morning of Pike’s flight he was understandably nervous considering that he had never flown in anything before. The pilot and crew eased Pike’s fears with their humor and knowledge of the balloon system and the weather. The last time he was upon these plains he was lost and hungry on a yearlong expedition of the west. Once airborne Pike marveled at the views of his “little” mountain and was moved to tears by a dream now realized, and that dream was to see the top of Pikes Peak. Now he had not only stood on the top, but he could also now see the top from his bird’s eye view from the basket. Although Pike was fascinated by the views of the peak he also could not help but marvel in the scenery and wildlife that was directly below him.
When asked if he had a good time on his trip Pike responded “This trip to Colorado Springs in my opinion is every bit as memorable as my first trip 200 years ago, but this trip has been made special by the pilot, crew, and tour drivers of Adventures Out West!”

Adventure · Uncategorized

FAA CONFIRMS MANITOU TIME PORTAL

The Federal Aviation Administration issued a NOTAM (notice to air men) about flights in the Manitou Springs area.

Last week during the most recent sightings of Bigfoot, airplane piolets noticed a high degree of Magnetic deviation in the Manitou area. For years Manitou has been considered a hot bed of paranormal activity. Witches, Crystal gazers and even the Ute Indians believed Manitou had spiritual powers. Bigfoot uses Manitou all the time as a portal between universes. Under the bridge leading to the Garden of the Gods you will see the mysterious designs left behind by aliens passing through.

With the confirmation of the abnormal magnetic field by the FAA, the FAA and NASA have teamed up with local balloonist to try and find the portal with high-tech laser beams. They are going to use crystals found in the local granite and samples of the mineral waters to create a prism capable of opening the doors. As a precaution NASA has built a 300 million dollar doggie biscuit to give to big foot in case they come across him.

Adventure · Driver Stories

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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Life behind the scenes at an adventure company

*Ring ring* “this is Eric with Adventures Out West, how can I help you?”

*Thud* *slam* “WELL HELLO GIRLS! What a blessing you are!”

*ring ring*

“Where are my passengers?? They’re 10 minutes late; will you call them?”

Thus goes the sounds of the Adventures Out West office in the mid season. There’s never a dull moment and we feel most comfortable when there’s fifteen things for us to do at once. When people ask what I do at my job, it can sometimes be a little difficult to put in to words. Should I say that I put out fires? I help retired drivers figure out their time cards and how to work their smartphones? Perhaps I could say that on the rare occasion when I’m not staring at a computer screen I’m using it to explain to my driver that he’s going to pickup at three different locations and drop at a totally unconventional location in town because his folks would like to do some shopping.

The wonderful thing about this line of work is that no two days are the same. There’s always new people to meet- coming from all over the world and all walks of life to experience the Garden of the Gods or try their first zipline tour.

Like any good job, the people here become family, and a lot family interactions involve getting your crazy uncle towed out of a large “puddle” in the High Country that he “was sure wasn’t that deep last week.” (That happens in normal families, right?)

Gradually the tours slow to a small trickle; Memorial day becomes labor day and labor day becomes October when the drivers are lucky to get one tour a week in comparison to two tours a day six days a week.

In the office we still stay preoccupied with prep for the next season, eagerly awaiting the craziness that we ourselves are crazy to love.

-Firefly