Last summer, one of our readers sent us a series of photos of what remains of the old Cheyenne Mountain Lodge, aka The Honeymoon Lodge (it’s not open the public and we certainly discourage anyone from trespassing ), one of Spencer Penrose’s many opulent projects along his beloved Cheyenne Mountain Highway. Here are those photos along with some historic photos and information we were able to unearth.

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Though its future lies in the cross-hairs of the economy, Rock Ledge Ranch at the foot of the Garden of the Gods continues to preserve “living” treasures of our local and national history and culture. This video gives a glimpse of our important past at Rock Ledge Ranch.

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Where Your Rain Goes

On August 10, 2010 By

With the frequency of recent afternoon and evening deluges, we thought you might like to take a peak into the fascinating and, often, beautiful world of underground drainage tunnels (among other underground concrete structures). Narration and photographs provided by local caver and photographer Duncan Gold.

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It’s not a professional sporting event, nor is there any prize money, nor is there any reward beyond bragging rights and having done it. It’s the 500-mile Colorado Trail Race through the backcountry. And even though you can’t watch it on television or listen to it on the radio, you can follow the racers, all of whom have GPS SPOT Tracking devices, on The Big Something.

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The grueling, self-supported Colorado Trail Race begins next Tuesday. We interviewed Colorado Springs bicyclist Doug Johnson last year after he placed second in the the epic 470-mile back-country race along the Colorado Trail from Denver to Durango with a time of 4 days and 20 hours. In this interview and slide show, Johnson talks about the technical and mental challenges and why he does it.

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When Klunkers Were King

On July 27, 2010 By

It’s hard to imagine Colorado without mountain bikes. The knobby-tired bicycles are so ubiquitous now that it seems almost impossible that there was a time when trails were mostly for hiking. It may also be hard for you to believe that mountain bikes were once called “balloon-tired klunkers” and that the people who rode them wore t-shirts and jeans or shorts instead of spandex/”Tron suits”.

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There’s still an other-worldliness and anonymity about alleys that’s… yes, magical.

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Following World War II, Colorado Springs native Fred Schumm enrolled in the Fine Arts Center where he met photographer Myron Wood. They became great friends and Myron documented Fred’s fantastical playground sculptures in Conejos and Boulder Crescent Parks. Craig Richardson spoke with Fred Schumm, now 85 and living in New Jersey, about the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, Myron Wood and the playground sculptures he constructed while working for the city. Shortly after the sculptures in Conejos and Boulder Crescent parks were completed, Schumm was awarded a Fulbright Grant to study art in Italy.

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More than half-a-million people will ascend Pikes Peak by foot, bike, horse, train and automobile this summer. In 1873, Grace Greenwood, travel correspondent and the first female reporter on the New York Times‘ payroll, made the ascent by burro to the newly constructed signal station pictured above. In this first video you can listen to [...]

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Summer has finally landed, and summer means bikes.

Last Summer, six local gentlemen set off on mountain bikes to do what only a handful have done before: ride the entire “Ring the Peak Trail” around Pikes Peak in one day. Three of the riders—Doug Johnson, Scott Boyer and Jon Csakany—spoke with us and [...]

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An Earth Day Suggestion

On April 21, 2010 By

We know there are countless worthy events going on for Earth Day tomorrow. We would like to suggest another: Take a nice long walk or hike in one of our many amazing open spaces, trails or wildernesses. We are truly lucky to live in one of the most naturally beautiful places in the world. Head [...]

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(Pikes Peak at night. Copyright Dr. Travis Rector)

Surprise. Colorado Springs has once again become the focus of a largely negative national media maelstrom surrounding this article by Michael Booth in the Denver Post, which has made a number of rounds on the internet now. Of course, not all of [...]

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We don’t know about you, but we’re ready for Spring to be here. If it won’t get here of its own volition, we can take solace in this slide show of iris we ran last June. Hopefully this will get your garden in the mood.

78 photographs of iris is probably overly indulgent, [...]

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I’ll confess right away that I still haven’t quite “finished” reading Ann Zwinger’s Beyond the Aspen Grove, the subject of tonight’s Big Something Book Club at Poor Richard’s Bookstore at 6 p.m. Somehow, reading it straight through felt impossible, if not sacrilegious. I’ve picked up the book many times over the [...]

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We’re very pleased to announce that the second book in our bi-monthly Big Something Book Club will be Ann Zwinger‘s Beyond the Aspen Grove. We chose it both because we aim to choose books that pertain to the life and culture of the Pikes Peak Region, but also because Zwinger’s 1970 [...]

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(All photographs by Michael Myers except where indicated in the captions)

Probably the wisest thing my mother ever told me is this: At some point in your life you have to decide to focus on what you do have rather than what you don’t. And while this past year forced many of [...]

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X-City Skiing

On December 8, 2009 By

There are few things more magical than cross-country skiing through city streets on a snowy day. But snow, sustained cold temperatures and lack of sand/salt must all conspire to make this possible. Thanks to the city budget cuts, we may be seeing ever more of these days (and it may be one of the [...]

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… all covered with Yoga!

That’s right folks, as you may or may not have heard, Yogini and artist Kat Tudor will be leading the willing to the top of Pikes Peak to create “the world’s HIGHEST yogic spiral” next Wednesday. (More details HERE if you’re interested in joining.)

While we’re uncertain whether [...]

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GIANT DISCLAIMER: DON’T WATCH THE VIDEO BELOW OR READ ANY FURTHER IF YOU DON’T LIKE WATCHING REALLY HARROWING LIFE OR DEATH NATURE VIDEOS, DEER GETTING KILLED BY COUGARS, OR CUSSING, OR THINKING ABOUT HARROWING LIFE OR DEATH SCENARIOS, THE POSSIBILITY OF GETTING KILLED BY A COUGAR, OR CUSSING. THANK YOU! THE BIG SOMETHING

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We interviewed Colorado Springs bicyclist Doug Johnson last month when he and a group of friends did the 73-mile Ring the Peak ride in one day. Not long after ringing the peak, Doug set out to ride the epic Colorado Trail Race, a 470-mile, self-supported back-country race along the Colorado Trail [...]

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Look Ma, No Seat!

On September 8, 2009 By

Josh Carr Trials from Colorado Culture Cast on Vimeo.

When my son first saw this video of local trials bike rider Josh Carr, he said: “Dad, it’s like he’s a mountain goat on a bicycle!” Indeed! And there are few words to describe this sport that don’t involve goats and hopping, [...]

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(Big Horn Sheep photo and “Before and After” photos courtesy Wanda Reaves)

Wanda Reaves, Project Manager for the Colorado Mountain Reclamation Foundation, recently invited The Big Something on morning sojourn up the Queens Canyon Quarry scar. Shrouded in mystery for the mere fact that it isn’t open to the public, Wanda helped [...]

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(all photos of Big Horn Sheep courtesy Wanda Reaves)

Wanda Reaves, Project Manager for the Colorado Mountain Reclamation Foundation, recently invited The Big Something on morning sojourn up the Queens Canyon Quarry scar. Shrouded in mystery for the mere fact that it isn’t open to the public, Wanda helped us demystify the [...]

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