Victor, Colorado

Victor, Colorado is called the City of Goldmines and reached its peak population in 1900.  The town is 10,000 feet above sea level on the southwest side of Pikes Peak. The town has an authentic old-town atmosphere with a lack of stoplights, chain stores or traffic (so says their website).

We wandered through a combination antique/odd collectible store that looked as if it had been there since 1900. We then walked around town and looked at boarded-up shops with fascinating architecture.

Roger and Sally had a lunch place in mind, so we just needed a snack – which the “grocery” store had …. well, not a big choice, but a big enough choice. While we were in the store, a storm brewed outside and before we knew it, the bright, blue sky turned gray and hail began bouncing off of everywhere.

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About the town …

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Notice the dates on the buildings

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this picture has so much – an abandoned mine shaft, the remains of antique ad and a building with no windows.

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We were standing in front of the “grocery” store here, watching it pour rain … with blue skies in the distance.
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Hail poppin’ on the street.

Evening on the Lake

I have always loved water – whether it’s being mesmerized watching a barge sail down the Mississippi, listening to the sound of river water bubbling over the rocks or … canoeing on the lake.

I mentioned that I wanted to take a picture of the sunset so Jeff said he’d go out on the canoe with me. I could take pictures. He could fish. (Last year I got my fishing license, but didn’t take the time to do it this year.)

No sooner had we gotten in the canoe, then the clouds rolled in. But we stayed … and sometimes clouds make for a more interesting sunset than no clouds.

Here are just a few of the pictures I took on the lake.

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New Food – Crickets

I was “up north” and my daughter-in-law said, “You know they sell crickets at the candy store in town.”

Crickets? Definitely a new food.

So Liz and I headed for the candy store to buy chocolate and …. I mean crickets.

They had two different kinds: salt and vinegar or bacon and cheese.

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Once home we slid the bugs onto the table and did our taste test.

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Jacob was the first one to try …

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He tentatively puts it in his mouth.
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And swallows …

His comment was that all he could taste was crunchiness and salt.

I ate one and agreed.

Jeff then ate one and said it was like eating a salt-and-vinegar peanut shell – which was a good description.

I asked him how he would rate it from 1-10.

Jeff’s response – “In comparison to other bugs, I’d give it a 10 because I’ve never eaten a bug before, but compared to other food, I’d give it a 2.”

Eclipse

Ok.

So I wasn’t anywhere where the eclipse was sensational, still we (at work) headed outside to see what we could see.

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IMG_8168Not much. Besides not living in a sensational area, the sky was uncooperatively cloudy.

However I did what I could do.

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Kind of reminds me of an egg except the yoke and white are reversed.IMG_8176

So that obviously wasn’t working, so Cheryl held the “official eclipse glasses and I held my camera up to the glasses and this is what we got. No, it didn’t get that dark, just looked dark through the glasses.

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Goldfield – Part 2

Here are more photos from Goldfield, Colorado (for more information, see my post from a few days ago.)

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Evening primrose (I think – please let me know if I’m wrong.)

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One of the large trucks on top of the current area where they’re mining. You can see the size by comparing it to the trees down below.

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Goldfield city hall from the 1800s

Museum of Broadcast Communication

A break from the Colorado trip.

Our family sometimes listened to Chuck Schaden on Saturday afternoons when he would dig out old radio shows and for four hours or so entertain Chicagoland on the program called Those Were the Days. He did this from the 70s right up until 2009. Now someone else hosts it ( haven’t heard it since it changed hosts and stations). Often listening, we would hear them advertise the Museum of Broadcast Communications a place dedicated “to collect, preserve, and present historic and contemporary radio and television content as well as educate, inform and entertain through our archives, public programs, screenings, exhibits, publications and online access to our resources.”

And then there was my father’s obsession with Fibber McGee and Molly. He collected their shows and I think had tapes/cds of every single episode and often would listen to them. So I’m familiar with Fibber McGee and his closet and of the commercials for Johnson Wax Glo-coat – a product of S.C. Johnson. Being that we lived in Racine, I’ve been to the Johnson complex numerous times

So when I was talking to Ashley Alston, a friend from work, and discovered she enjoyed old-time mysteries, we decided to go.

Part of the museum is the Radio Hall of Fame. If you ever listen to the radio, at least some of the names will be familiar to you. Even Dave Ramsey is featured.

One of the people honored is Bob Collins and what WGN listener doesn’t remember the afternoon (2000) he was killed in a plane crash and his friends back at the station had to deliver the news.

The most interesting aspect of the museum is some of the exhibits they have: Meet the Press set, the security plan for the Nixon/Kennedy debates, an original Fibber McGee and Molly script and an original I Love Lucy script. They also have the gongs for the NBC sign-off.

One of the most fun things Ashley and I did, was each take a part in the I Love Lucy script and read a couple pages.

Is it worth the visit?  Yes, we enjoyed ourselves, but it is rather expensive ($12.00 for two floors of exhibits and a gift shop that is only open on Saturdays), so probably not a place you’d want to go more than once or twice.

Kid Factor: Even though there are some displays of kid shows such a Bozo, I’m not sure they would keep a child’s interest. Most of the unique displays would be of shows before a child’s time.

Oh – we didn’t see this being done, but you can call and make an appointment and they set you up as if Larry King is interviewing you. He asks the questions and then they edit the show so it looks as if you were really there answering. Sounds fun.

Rudy’s Bar-B-Q and a Sort-of-New Food

We ate at some fun places while in Colorado – one of those places being Rudy’s Bar-B-Q which is actually a restaurant based in Texas.

The place is rated #9 of 1,900 restaurants in Colorado Springs (on one scale I saw), so that’s a good recommendation.

This is one of those barbecue places where you order at the counter and then sit at long tables  and wait for your food … which was very barbequey and very good.

So for the new “food” part – Cream Soda is not really new – cream soda has always been my favorite flavor of soda and even when I go weeks without drinking soda (because of my iced tea obsession), I will break down and drink a cream soda.

But this cream soda was a mixture between turquoise and sky blue which made it pretty.  I never thought of soda as pretty before, but this soda was. And good.