The Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, Colorado Springs

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The Michael Garman Museum & Gallery is located in Old Colorado City. Also, it is in the national historic district in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Michael Garman is a sculptor who captures people how they work and live. Therefore when you walk inside the Micheal Garman Museum and Gallery, you will find many sculptures for sale at reasonable prices. There are firefighters, police officers, and linemen, and much more.

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First of all my favorite part of the museum is called “Magic Town.” Magic Town is similar to a 3000-foot doll house with people living there. Several of the scenes inside the windows or buildings change when you are watching them. Since there are 18 different buildings, I want to take a construction home with me because they are too cute! Magic Town is a 1/6 scale miniaturized city neighborhood. I love the amazing sculptures of people in their everyday life. It is fun to peek into the windows and see the different people. There are magical illusions, holographic effects, narrow alleyways and much more to see.
 
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It’s a gigantic playground for the mind,” says its creator, Michael Garman.  “Part carnival, part dollhouse, part sculpture.” “These are snapshots of my time in Buenos Aires, Santiago, San Francisco, Dallas, and Philadelphia,”  Garman explains. “It took me over a million dollars and parts of four decades to pull it from my mind and get the thing built.”
 
Magic Town is decorated for Halloween and Christmas. As a result, I would love to see it at different times of the year. Furthermore, another fun thing to see is a tiny movie theater in Magic Town with one of my favorite movies. When you peek inside the show, Casablanca is the video playing. I think you and your family would love seeing it! In conclusion, the Michael Garman Museum in Colorado Springs Colorado is an incredible attraction to see. Best of all your ticket includes popcorn and a scavenger hunt!
 
For more information visit: http://www.MichaelGarman.com



McGuires Irish Pub in Destin, Florida ~ A Million Dollar View!

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McGuire’s Irish Pub in Destin, Florida ~~ A Million Dollar View! A million dollars on the ceilings and walls! Have you ever seen a million dollars? Well, it is very exciting to me, particularly because it is right on the corner of the Destin Harbor! The money is simply hanging all around!
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Oh, and McGuire’s Irish Pub also has great food to go along with the million dollar view. It has both Irish and American foods on the menu. One specialty I love is McGuire’s fried mashed potatoes they call IRISH BOXTYS!  The potatoes also come with dipping sauces – Salsa, Guacamole dip and a Horse Radish sour cream sauce. In addition to the potatoes, they have the best pumpernickel bread covered with icing that just melts in your mouth. It makes me hungry just thinking about it!
The menu also includes several different types of Angus burgers, steaks, sandwiches and of course lunch specials MondayFriday from 11AM-3PM. They also have a brunch and late night menu. There is second  location also ~ McGuire’s Irish Pub at the foot of the Pensacola bridge.
 
They also have a brewery on site and brew their own beer. McGuire’s Irish Pub brews five regular beers and a rotating seasonal. Their lineup includes McGuire’s Light Ale, McGuire’s Irish Red Ale, McGuire’s Porter and McGuire’s Irish Stout. Our seasonal selections include Scotch Ale, Honey Wheat, Wild Irish Raspberry Wheat, Belgian Ale, India Pale Ale, Hefeweizen, Extra Special Bitter Altbier and Christmas Ale; just to name a few. McGuire’s also makes a very popular root beer served draft.
The Pub also has a gift shop that offers t-shirts, hats, and many different souvenirs. The next time I go I am going to buy a t-shirt and cookbook and maybe some steak seasoning. Then I am going to make  IRISH BOXTYS!  If you are in the Destin or Pensacola area, do not miss McGuire’s million dollar view or the IRISH BOXTYS!



The Manitou Incline ~ Is It the Stairway to Heaven?

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The Manitou Incline looks like a stairway to heaven. It is located near Colorado Springs, Colorado, and is a popular hiking trail. With 2000 ft. of elevation in a one mile trail for advanced hikers, it is not for the faint of heart. My Sister and her family climbed up the incline then she told me about it. She said,” I was climbing almost straight up”.
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The history of The Manitou Incline is amazing.  The Manitou Incline was originally built as a cable car to carry materials to build pipelines on Pikes Peak- America’s Mountain. The trail is what remains of a narrow gauge railway whose tracks washed out during a rock slide in 1990.  After the pipelines were finished, it was turned into a tourist attraction. The Incline is famous for its sweeping views and steep grade, with an average grade of 45% and as steep as 68% in places, making it a fitness challenge for locals in the Colorado Springs area. Do not let the top fool you there is 300 more feet to go before reaching the real top. After reaching the summit you walk down a trail called Barr Trail. No one is allowed to go down the Manitou Incline.
More information about the Manitou Incline:
  • Length: 1 mile, but climbs 2,000 vertical feet.
  • Duration: Under 30 minutes to over an hour or more depending on your fitness level and pace.
  • Trail Difficulty: Difficult
  • Recommended for: Physically active, not ADA accessible
  • Cost: Free
  • Parking:  Parking is recommended within parking lots along Manitou Avenue- Then hike up Ruxton Avenue. Parking is limited and difficult to find along Ruxton. It is highly recommended to take the free shuttle service during the dates of May 18 – Sept. 24.
  • Dogs: No dogs allowed on the Incline
  • Hours of use: Dawn-Dusk, no night use permitted; Beginning October 31, 2016 Hours of Operation will be: April 1- October 31: 6am-8pm and November 1March 31: 6am-6pm
 Please be advised. It can take first responders up to 3-4 hours to get to you if you have a medical issue.
Do you have what it takes to climb the Manitou Incline?
 



Devil’s Kitchen Picnic Shelter in Colorado

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Devil’s Kitchen Picnic Shelter is located off the beaten path at the south end of the Colorado Monument and just outside of Grand Junction, Colorado. The shelter was built in 1941 and designed by Harvey H. Cornell, Jerome C. Miller and Kenneth M. Saunders of the National Park Branch of Plans and Design in 1940. Construction was done by the craftsmen known as LEM’s (Local Experienced Men). They were reputable stone masons of the time with Italian descent. Much of the material for building Devils Kitchen Picnic Shelter came from Rim Rock Drive construction, the road going over the Colorado Monument. It was put on the US National Register of Historic Places in 1994.

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My family and I have been here several times and love it. It is a mesmerizing place for families to get together. There is so much to do for nature lovers, including many paths to climb with beautiful scenery along the way. Devil’s Kitchen Picnic Shelter has 15 picnic tables and 6 charcoal only grills. I love to come here! My family and I love to walk on the paths, some of them are very short and make for an easy hike.
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Everything at Devil’s Kitchen Picnic Shelter is in good repair including the restrooms along with the picnic tables and grills. The shelter is very unusual due to it’s large size and the 3 stone fireplaces which are closed now.
 
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Across the street of Rim Rock Drive near the picnic area are larger hiking paths for more experienced hikers and nature lovers. They range in different levels of difficulty. Rim Rock Drive is the 23 mile scenic road going over the Colorado Monument. It is a very captivating drive. Devil’s Kitchen in the Colorado Monument is a group of free-standing boulders and red spires, which inspired the name.
The next time you are in Colorado and want to have a nice picnic visit Devil’s Kitchen Picnic Shelter. I know the whole family will love it. It only costs $10 a carload to get in.
 
For more information visit on the web at: https://www.nps.gov/colm/planyourvisit/enjoy-a-picnic.htm



Take a Day Trip to Eden Gardens State Park in Florida

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Eden Gardens State Park is a beautiful site to visit off the beaten path. It is located between Destin and Panama City, Florida. In the middle of the property is a two-story mansion filled with antique furniture by Lois Maxon. The property was once the home of William Henry Wesley and his family 100 years ago. Back then the property was Wesley Lumber Company with a sawmill, planner mill, dry kiln, and a dock to ship lumber on Tucker Bayou.
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After the death of William Henry Wesley’s wife, Katie Strickland Wesley, Lois Maxon purchased the mansion to showplace her antiques and heirlooms for her family. The purchase included 10.5 acres of property. She loved the house and grounds and furnished it and developed the incredible gardens on the property. After Mrs. Maxon passed away, the property was donated to the sate of Florida in 1968.
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Eden Gardens State Park is an amazing place to go sightseeing. There are guided tours of the house on the hour Thursday through Monday, 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. There is a nominal charge for the tour. I have been several times and just love it. I would love to go again and have a picnic. Eden Gardens State Park has many other things to do:
  1. Garden Trail– This is a complementary tour. The trail guides are located in the Fig Leaf Shop in the Wesley house. The journey takes you through the rose garden, butterfly garden, and Tucker Bayou.
  2. Picnic areas
  3. Fishing
  4. Hiking
  5. Canoeing
  6. Meetings and Retreats
  7. Picnic or event pavilion
There are also special events held during the year. Eden Gardens State Park is a very tranquil place to visit and is located between Destin and Panama City Beach, Florida at: 181 Eden Gardens Road,Santa Rosa Beach, Fl. 32459.
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As a special bit of info. for our movie buff readers – the 1972 film “Frogs” was filmed here. “Frogs”, was a horror film directed by George McCowan, and tells the story of an upper-class U.S. Southern family victimized by several different animal species. Nature, the movie suggests, may be justified in exacting revenge on this family because of its patriarch’s abuse of the local ecology.
For more information on Eden Park, call (850)267-8320 or visit on the web at FloridaStateParks.org