Friday, February 19, 2010

Stacie and I got out for a short hike this afternoon.  The temperature was falling fast and we were surprised to see that Quail Lake was completely frozen.  We discussed that we have run along this lake dozens of times and never noticed that it was ice from end to end.  We also mentioned that it was dark while we were running and couldn't see the lake.  If you look past the lake, up Cheyenne Mountain a bit, you can see an area with snow cover that resembles a ski run.  That is the site of the old Ski Broadmoor.  It was started in 1959 by the Broadmoor resort and was sold to the city of Colorado Springs in 1986.  The city ran it for 2 years and sold it to Vail in 1988.  Vail failed to find a way to make a profit on it and it closed in 1991 selling the snow making equipment to a company in Golden, CO.  Stacie and I often say that it should be opened again, maybe as a snow tubing hill, or a ski school, or in its original capacity as a ski resort. 

On a different note, when selecting a picture for today's post I was torn between this one and a close-up of a one legged goose.  I walked right up to the goose took some pictures of this incredible sight and just as I was about to walk away, he (or she) put his other leg down.  It was completely hidden in his feathers and had me totally fooled.  Stacie and I got a real good chuckle out of it.  What made you laugh today?

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