Friday, September 14, 2007

We Aren't In Florida Anymore

I will get to serious issues at some point, but for now, it is all about life in Colorado. I woke up this morning and it was in the high 40's. So, Tricia and I decided to go for a walk in Palmer Park. I was wearing shorts, sandals, and a sweatshirt. I was comfortable. Really. However, when we came back down from the park, I stood outside talking to our real estate agent (who is also our friend) and engineer in our yard about our drainage problem (long story). After standing there for a while, I started to get a little chilled. I don't think I have ever been cold in September (except for the AC at the UPC office). Yep, we aren't in Florida anymore!

All of these pictures are from Palmer Park (yep, our backyard). Our house in the neighborhood in the background of the picture.


Rob said...

great pictures, Mark.

Palmer Park is one of my favorite places to go to mountain biking - you get in there and forget that the city is surrounding you.

Rob Bushway

Tim said...

Just a little piece of info from a true Colorado Springs native (born and raised)...

The rock spires in your picture with the "flat caps" are called Hoodoos! I'm not sure of the origin of the name, and in case ya think I'm makin' this up, more info is available at

Palmer Park is a GREAT BACK YARD! My "back yard" growing up was the bluff right behind UCCS... I spent a lot of time up there climbing rocks (got stuck once really bad and almost couldn't get down, tell the girls to be careful!), running and jumping, swimming and skipping rocks in the Ghools, a couple of reserviors that used to be at the top of the bluff. We did a lot of exploring northward (toward Pulpit Rock) in what we called the second and third valleys. There was nothing there in the whole area when I was a kid, now it's known as University Park, full of high-end houses, condos and townhomes. It's still a beautiful area...

I spent a lot of time in Palmer Park as well... it was just a short trek of a mile and a half or so from our house across an empty field and through the spillway. There was even a little reservoir over there as well, just north of the Country Club.

Rob is right... it's like being in the mountains right in the midst of the city. General William Palmer was a true visionary in setting aside the areas he did as parks. You can read more about him and his legacy at Wikepedia as well.

As they say, " 'Tis a priveledge to live in Colorado!"

Oh, and by the way... we are so happy to have you and your family here!

-Tim Baker