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Focus, Academy & Garden

October 19, 2011

Where to begin, where to begin…
We have had a very busy day! Finding our car frozen over due to the hotel irrigation system, we had time for the car to warm up before starting on our way.

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Our first stop was Focus On The Family, a ministry we have supported for many years. Friendly folks inside. Great view outside.

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Next stop, the Air Force Academy. A four-mile drive from the north gate, we watched the film, toured the welcome center then walked to the Cadet’s Chapel.

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The colors come from the stained glass walls – it is breath-taking!
They were tuning the Walter Holtkamp-designed, Moller Company-built organs that are in the Protestant Chapel which is up top & the Roman Catholic Chapel below.

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You will get more of these on the next “Not So Mute” Monday.

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Then off to The Garden Of The Gods, which is a Colorado Springs city park because of the vision & generosity of railroad president, Charles Elliot Perkins & his family in 1909. Isn’t it wonderful when someone has vision – a vision greater than themselves that will benefit generations to come?

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The park acreage has been extended & boasts walking & biking trails, flora & fauna from the high plains & mountain regions.

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Pike’s Peak, 10 miles away with snow on top – but that’s tomorrow’s trip! Temperature 12 – 20 degrees tonight, high tomorrow 24 – 39 with 50% chance of snow showers. Glad I brought my coat!

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This “god” looks like her head is turned away.

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The Kissing Camels “window.”

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I could bore you to death with all the photos I took. I love red rocks. I love the clefts in the rocks. I love the hymn, “He Hideth My Soul In The Cleft Of The Rock.” I want to climb all the rocks…or maybe just ride horses through the park.

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Instead, I tried to photograph a Magpie that followed us around. Silly, chattering bird hid in a female juniper tree (note the berries, even if you don’t see the bird!)

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A stuffed bird in the nature center.

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