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Daydreaming of Hangin 10 @nlandsurfpark on this rainy Friday πŸŒŠπŸ„β€β™‚οΈ. . .Can you learn to surf in a weekend?? Check out the video edit of my first surf attempt on youtube linked @travl.mor and @cjexplored
Texas Surf at its finest πŸ„β€β™‚οΈ @nlandsurfpark . . .Posted a few videos of my first attempts at surfing on YouTube @cjexplored and @travl.mor πŸ€™
Cowabunga Y’all πŸ€™ . .Stoked for snowboarding season around the corner, but here in Texas... it’s surfs up year round @nlandsurfpark πŸ„β€β™‚οΈ Video of my first surf trip linked in bio 🎬 @travl.mor
The Class 4 Rapids of the Royal Gorge offer some of the best white water and one of the most popular rafting trips in Colorado. πŸœπŸŒŠπŸš£β€β™€οΈ. . .”On this 1/2 day excursion, you will experience the thrill of maneuvering a raft down the class IV rapids of Sunshine Falls, SledgeHammer, and then watch out at Wall Slammer. . .Excitement abounds in this steep, spectacular canyon, with a fantastic view of North America’s highest suspension bridge.” -Raft Masters. . . Peep the video of our adventures linked on YouTube at @travl.mor
WE. ARE. SMALL.😳 . .Video linked in bio if you want some perspective from inside the royal gorge πŸ™ŒπŸ”πŸŒŠπŸš£β€β™€οΈ@travl.mor 🎬
Scientists estimate that the mountains surrounding the canyon rose at a rate of approximately one foot every 2500 years. 😳 . .Over the millennia, this small stream grew, cutting a deep channel for itself through the surrounding granite. .πŸ” . .The gorge's peculiar shape, contrasted to broad canyons such as the Grand Canyon, can be attributed to this long, direct erosion through hard rock.🏜🌊 video linked @travl.mor πŸš£β€β™€οΈ
The path of the Arkansas River was already set when the granite uplift that would eventually form the Rocky Mountains began. πŸ‘¨πŸ»β€πŸ«. . .About 3 million years ago as the mountains began to rise from the surrounding plains, the Arkansas Riverβ€”then only a small streamβ€”began to wear away at the stone it flowed across. 🌊. . πŸ™ŒπŸœπŸŒŠπŸš£β€β™€οΈ @travl.mor πŸ‘Œ
The Royal Gorge is a canyon of the Arkansas River located west of CaΓ±on City, Colorado. 🏜 . .The canyon begins at the mouth of Grape Creek about 2 mi (3.2 km) west of central CaΓ±on City and continues in a west-northwesterly direction for approximately 6 mi (9.7 km) until ending near U.S. Route 50.πŸš£β€β™€οΈ . .On our last day in Colorado, we took the 4 hour scenic float through the canyon for one of the best rafting experiences of my life. Check out the video on YouTube linked @travl.mor πŸŽ₯
On May 7, 1879 the first excursion train traveled through the Royal Gorge after years of court battles between the Denver & Rio Grande and the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe (AT&SF or Santa Fe) railroads. The Royal Gorge Route Railroad now operates excursion trains through the Royal Gorge throughout the year. The train travels 12-miles through the canyon from CaΓ±on City, Colorado to Parkdale and return. Check out the video on YouTube linked @travl.mor πŸŒŠπŸœπŸš£β€β™€οΈ
On to the next Colorado Springs adventure... well, Canon City actually...🚐 . .Phantom Canyon Road is said to be one of the most scenic and historic drives in Colorado.πŸ™Œ . .This unpaved scenic road connects CaΓ±on City and Victor. The road winds through Phantom Canyon and increases in elevation from 5,500 to 9,500 feet.😳 . .Along the way, you can expect miles of stunning views through turns, high elevations and steep grades. The road has a couple of hand-cut stone tunnels and three elevated old steel & wood bridges. 🏜 . .The area is popularly used for hiking, mountain biking, off-roading and dispersed camping.πŸš΅β€β™€οΈπŸ§—β€β™‚οΈπŸ•. . .While the path is maintained, a high clearance 2WD vehicle is able to travel safely at low speeds on long dry straight-of-ways without losing control due to wash boarding, ruts, or dips. I’m sure glad I had ze humma and 4x4 though πŸ˜… . . .Next up... white water rafting adventures 🌊@travl.mor πŸš£β€β™‚οΈ
The Garden of the Gods Park is a rich ecological resource. Many academics consider it "the most striking contrast between plains and mountains in North America" with respect to biology, geology, climate, and scenery. 🏜. . .Mule deer, bighorn sheep and fox abound in this area of Cathedral Valley. The park is also home to more than 130 species of birds including white-throated swifts, swallows and canyon wrens. . .Because of the unusual and steep rock formations in the park, it is also an attractive destination for rock climbers. . .Rock climbing is permitted, with annual permits obtained at the City of Colorado Springs' website.πŸƒπŸ»β€β™‚οΈ. . .Climbers are required to follow the "Technical Climbing Regulations and Guidelines", which includes using proper equipment, climbing in parties of two or more, and a ban on staining chalks. Precipitation makes rocks unstable and therefore climbing is not allowed when the rocks are wet or icy. πŸ§—β€β™‚οΈ. . .There are fines for unregistered climbers and possibly rescue costs. Several fatalities have occurred over the years, often when unlawful climbers fail to use proper safety equipment, or, more rarely, when a lawful climber falls due to equipment failure or user error.😳. . .@travl.mor πŸ“Έ
The outstanding geologic features at Garden of the Gods are made up of ancient sedimentary beds of deep-red, pink and white sandstones, conglomerates and limestone that were deposited horizontally. 🏜. . .Over thousands of years they have been tilted vertically and faulted into "fins" by the immense mountain building forces caused by the uplift of the Rocky Mountains and the Pikes Peak massif. . .The following β€œPleistocene Ice Age” resulted in erosion and glaciation of the rock, creating the present rock formations. πŸ‘¨πŸ»β€πŸ«. . .Evidence of past ages can be read in the rocks: ancient seas, eroded remains of ancestral mountain ranges, alluvial fans, sandy beaches and great sand dune fields. The resulting rocks had different shapes: toppled, overturned, stood-up, pushed around and slanted. 😳. . .Who’da thought rocks could be so cool?? πŸ€“ Check out the video tour linked in bio atπŸ‘‰ @travl.mor πŸŽ₯
Trivia Tuesday: The area now known as Garden of the Gods was first called Red Rock Corral by the Europeans. Then, in August 1859, two surveyors who helped to set up Colorado City explored the site. βš’πŸ”­ . .One of the surveyors suggested that it would be a "capital place for a beer garden". πŸ€”πŸ» . .His companion was awestruck by the impressive rock formations, exclaiming, "Beer Garden! Why it is a fit place for the Gods to assemble. We will call it the Garden of the Gods."🏜. . .I still vote Beer Garden πŸ€·β€β™‚οΈπŸΊ... video linked in bio πŸ‘‰@travl.mor πŸŽ₯
Did you know: Multiple American Indian Nations traveled through Garden of the Gods and attempted to inhabit the area. πŸœπŸ• . .While exploring our nations wilderness and appreciating the measures our forefathers took to secure our public parks, it is also important to remember the dark parts of history and cultures that were encroached upon when we first settled this land. I always love learning about indigenous cultures and try to imagine what it would be like to survive in the natural environment thousands of years ago. The fortitude of these people was out of this world!🏹🦌 . .The Utes' oral traditions tell of their creation at the Garden of the Gods, and petroglyphs have been found in the park that are typical of early Utes. . .The Utes found red rocks to have a spiritual connection and camped near Manitou Springs and the creek near Rock Ledge Ranch bordering Garden of the Gods. The Old Ute Trail went past Garden of the Gods to Ute Pass and led later explorers through Manitou Springs. 🏜 . .Starting in the 16th century, Spanish explorers and later European American explorers and trappers traveled through the area keeping journals of their experiences. . .Dropped a quick video journal of my own Garden of the Gods experience on my YouTube linked over at πŸ‘‰@travl.mor πŸŽ₯πŸ˜…
The Garden of the Gods' red rock formations were created during a geological upheaval along a natural fault line millions of years ago. πŸ‘¨πŸ»β€πŸ«. . .Archaeological evidence shows that prehistoric people visited Garden of the Gods about 1330 BC. At about 250 BC, Native American people camped in the park. They are believed to have been attracted to wildlife and plant life in the area and used overhangs created by the rocks for shelter. 🏜 . .Many native peoples have reported a connection to Garden of the Gods, including Apache, Cheyenne, Comanche, Kiowa, Lakota, Pawnee, Shoshone, and Ute people. . .Video tour linked in bio if ya ain’t seen it yet πŸ˜…πŸ‘‰@travl.mor πŸŽ₯
In 1879 Charles Elliott Perkins purchased 480 acres of land outside of Colorado Springs that features incredible rock spires, prairies with steep cliff faces and open plains with many other beautifully unique geographic features🏜 . .Upon Perkins' death, his family gave the land to the City of Colorado Springs in 1909, with the provision that it would be a free public park. . .Garden of the Gods was designated a National Natural Landmark in 1971, and remains a free and public use park todayπŸ™Œ. . .You can check out a pretty cool video tour from our trip over on my YouTube channel linked @travl.mor πŸ“Έ
Racing trains and sunsets to Colorado Springs 🚞🚐🏜. . .The Royal Gorge Route Railroad is a heritage railroad located in CaΓ±on City, Colorado. πŸš‚. . .The railroad transits the Royal Gorge on a 2-hour scenic and historic train ride along what is considered to be the most famed portion of the former Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad.πŸ”. . .The 1950s-era train departs the Santa Fe Depot in CaΓ±on City daily, and can be seen along the highway through town and from the Arkansas River that runs through the Royal Gorge.🌁 . .videos from the Colorado adventures linked over @travl.mor
Adios Loveland Pass... see ya in November βœˆοΈπŸ”πŸ‚...
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