Denver to La Junta Colorado, to visit my father's old home town.
|On the way, we passed Pikes Peak near Colorado Springs, a hazy morning due to forest fires in other parts of the west.|
|Rocky Ford, Colorado - my Dad stayed in a room in this building during the Great Depression while he worked washing dishes in his Uncle Bob's Green Lantern Restaurant the summer he was 15 years old.|
|Rocky Ford's high school sports team name was emblazoned on a local shop window. They were the rival to my Dad's home town team, the La Junta Tigers.|
|The storefront on the left was the site of the Green Lantern.|
|Figurines in a thrift shop window on the main drag in Rocky Ford.|
|Near La Junta we explored Bent's Old Fort, a trading post originally built during the mid-1800's as a trading post for the westward expansion of the United States. They want you to stay on the trail, right?|
|Prickly Pear cactus and rattle snakes (not pictured, whew) menace those who stray.|
|The Fort lies along the Arkansas River. The landscape is flat, flat, flat.|
|Old equipment bakes in the sun outside the entrance to the reconstruction.|
|Our most surprising discovery was the presence of a Peacock. The docent said there was indeed a Peacock at the Fort during the olden days, serving as a guard bird.|
|Also surprising was this very friendly little cat who claimed to be a direct descendent of the cats who lived here in 1839.|
|The adobe structure utilized fur as insulation around doors and windows.|
|Bee Hive ovens inside the Fort.|
|Inside the thick adobe walls, the rooms were relatively cool.|
|View of the prairie through gun port on the second level.|
|After the Fort we had lunch and then started back to Denver.|
Along the way we saw lots of fields of corn, peppers, alfalfa, and melons, but pictures from the moving car didn't make good blog photos.
|We stopped at a fruit stand and bought one of the lovely watermelons pictured in this bright yellow case. Bought a cantaloupe, too.|
|Took a pass on the squash, but they were sure interesting shapes.|
I will be traveling toward home again in a couple of days. In the mean time, best wishes from Colorado.