June 10 - 24, 2005
Pike's Peak Trip
California to Arizona to Colorado and back
- hosted by Sharon and Rick Davis -
Dear fellow club members:
I would like to tell you about my wonderful trip to the “Pike’s Peak or Bust” Jamboree in Colorado Springs.
on Friday, June 10th I spent three days driving to get to
Colorado Springs. The first night was spent in Seligman, Arizona where
I got to drive on old Route 66! There I met up with Larry & Helen Rose
and Rick & Sharon Davis.
Colorado Springs is a beautiful town, with lots of attractions to see
and very friendly people. Over 345 Model A’s were gathered for this
Jamboree. Immediately I noticed a 1928 AA Model A Delivery Van that had
all kinds of contraptions on it.
Royal Gorge train trip was scheduled for the next morning and what a
treat it was.
next big event was the drive up to Pike’s Peak for the Grand Tour. I
got up early, drank lots of water (to help avoid altitude sickness) and
made it to the top at 14,110 feet! The view from the top was beautiful,
in fact, it was the inspiration for our nation’s song, “America the
Pike’s Peak Model A Ford Club put on a well organized Jamboree. There
were lots of seminars, a great swap meet
5 days we bid adieu to our Colorado friends, decided to take our time
heading home to see various attractions. We went to Taos, New Mexico
first where we visited the Taos Pueblo. This ancient community of 1,000
years still has Native American Indians living in it.
Then we headed back up to Durango, Colorado and rode the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Rail Road. What fun it was riding in an old-fashioned steam train! We winded through breath-taking scenery along the Animas River. Our destination was the old mining town of Silverton that still has colorfully painted timber-frame storefronts retaining the aura of their days as saloons and bordellos. Coming back, the engineer had to make a quick stop because someone left a gate open across the tracks. It was quite a jolt.
next couple of days saw us going to Mesa Verde to see the cliff
dwellings and camping overnight in beautiful Monument Valley. The
ladies were able to catch the evening and morning light for their
photographs of the monolith red rocks. At this point the Slattery’s,
Davis’ and I went one way, the Nicks another way and the Koops,
Stanfills, Roses and Tibbetts yet another. We all went through the
Grand Canyon on our way home, just at different times and places.
Whew, it was nice to get back home to Clara and Edsel on June 24th. It was a wonderful trip and I sure enjoyed myself. I want to give special thanks to the Koops and Stanfills for all their wonderful food and cooking when we were camping.
Return to TOP