Highlights: Colorado Springs, Buena Vista, UFO Watchtower

Colorado Springs


Keya, Zag, and I headed down to Colorado Springs to visit my sister, Kristen. She took us on a hike in the Red Rock Canyon Open space. It’s a beautiful meandering set of loops that can be extended if your group is up for it. It looks like the open space would be a pretty fun place for beginner mountain bikers or climbers as well.

After the hike, we saw some flyers in the dirt near the Jeep for a place called Pub Dog that supposedly lets dogs hang out “inside” while you eat. Of course we had to go there! That kind of thing is rare. I think they got around the city rules stating dogs can’t be inside restaurants. Basically, they have the “main” restaurant area with no dogs allowed and the “indoor patio” area technically outside of the main restaurant where dogs are allowed. Both are indoors with full AC. Outside, there was more patio seating and a dog play area. They also had pretty dang good food for dogs and people as well as good beer! A+

Buena Vista

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After the hikes, we headed south toward Ojo Caliente. We stopped for dinner at House Rock Kitchen on the way. I have no pictures of the burger or place, but I assure you the burgers were spot on.

The UFO Watchtower


We ran out of light so we made the call to stop at the UFO Watchtower and camp. If you missed my previous post on it, the UFO Watchtower is one of my favorite places in Colorado and also has a camping area. We were there with a few other believers, but unfortunately we arrived past their bedtime. After some brief stargazing we crashed.
We couldn’t see much from the tower in the morning due to the low hanging smoke from various nearby forest fires so we packed up and headed out. Ojo Caliente, here we come!

Atlanta, Durham, Philly, and Little Compton

I’m a bit behind, but I wanted to get a quick post up on these places I visited two weeks ago while I was making my way up to Maine. It’s been a whirlwind. Here we go!

Atlanta, GA

I stayed with a good friend of mine in Atlanta and holy smokes was it a nice house. Unfortunately, I didn’t take any photos of anything except for one meal. Sorry! Let’s just say I was preoccupied by the great food, atotes adorbs fish dog, a super goofy Seinfeld dog, tons of beautiful design objects, sweet swag, chicken and waffles with homemade bourbon pecan syrup, and coworking.
Matt took me to some great dining spots including a little restaurant called Bantam & Biddy. It had some pretty phenomenal chicken and waffles.
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Durham, NC

I met up with a friend of mine from Colorado, Dr. Montaño. He showed me all around Durham in the few days I was there. We had several great drinks, went for a hike to an old quarry that is now a great little lake. We met a very friendly guy from Serbia who swam over to us in his american flag speedo to chat a bit. It’s worth noting that everyone in town was going crazy with Pokemon Go. I finally tried it out a bit, but haven’t messed with it much since.


Bonus: we met Burt’s Bees.

Philly

I stopped in Philly for a night on the way up the coast. I stayed with Alx and his family. Alx is a friend and coworker of mine. Lula cooked us up an experimental tamale that was pretty dang good with green chile. We then hung out in their cool yard for a few hours before meeting up with another friend of ours, Tracy, at Tattooed Moms.
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Oh, and both Alx and Tracy trounced me at Pokemon Go when we were at Tattooed Moms.


 

Little Compton, RI

I was only here for one evening and morning, but that didn’t stop me from making some new friends and seeing some really amazing places during the visit. I went biking to the dock, had a wine tasting on the beach during the sunset, took maybe the best shower I’ve ever experienced (outdoors in perfect weather under the stars), had a lobster broil where I learned how to prepare a lobster, and witnessed a master amplifier maker in action using the remarkable amp he made. If you’re looking for a hand-made amp that is definitely one-of-a-kind with a super sweet sound, let me know. 😀

Upcoming: NYC and New Bedford

Let me know if you have any suggestions for places in either NYC or New Bedford that I absolutely need to go to. Thanks!