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On Saturday, 15 August, 12 die-hard rally-ers showed up for Prez Andrew’s annual President’s Rally. The Flu, Flew, and Flue theme kicked off appropriately from the Airplane Restaurant before the rally clues hied us off into the hinterlands of eastern Colorado. We learned a lot from the clues, such as that WWI pilots flew without parachutes, Ray Brennan died of Legionnaire’s Disease, the Heinkel 178 was the first turbo jet aircraft, Eagles Nest Ranch gives you an aerie feeling, the Owl’s Nest loves painters, and kids were innoculated against polio in Pittsburgh. Whew! Our brains were full and our phones got a workout, as did our heads as our necks were on a constant swivel to look for answers. We saw some beautiful countryside – Falcon, Elbert, Elizabeth, Franktown, and Castle Rock – as our route took us to out-of-the-way places. Lunch at the Wild Blue Yonder was excellent as we sat on the patio and sampled the brews and menu items. It was a great day and we were all winners. Judy and Charlie and Tom and Joyce tied for first and took away whiskey and wine. Gene and Linda came in third – good for the novices! And Henry and Sylvia came in fourth with a great gift card. Many thanks to Prez Andrew for another innovative, imaginative, and inventive rally. Can’t wait for the next one!
On Saturday, 18 July, our Colorado bucket list got a little shorter. Twenty-nine Pikes Peak Section members and friends made the scenic drive to the small town of Bailey, CO, home to the funky, quirky Sasquatch Outpost. Listed as one of the top 10 wackiest places to visit in Colorado, it was well worth the 2-hour drive. We separated into 2 manageable groups and Jim Myers, researcher and owner of the Outpost, was our guide as he led us through the various displays. He patiently answered questions and explained his findings, garnered over the years. If we weren’t believers in “the big guy” before, some of us sure are now…or at least willing to consider the possibility!
After touring the museum and gift shop, we adjourned to the nearby Aspen Peak Winery, where owner Marcel Flukiger seated us outdoors right next to the river. It was a beautiful setting, and when we added wine flights and gourmet food options, it was the perfect lunch stop. We thoroughly enjoyed this unexpected culinary treasure and will be sure to visit again. Overall, it was a beautiful day and another great Pikes Peak Section outing.
Karen and Clark Absher sure know how to put on a good party. They’ve proved that fact over and over again and this latest installment raised their reputations to new levels.
They led us to Monte Vista, CO for the Drive-In Movie retro weekend. We stopped for lunch in Colorado City where they handed out box lunches and drinks. Then folks were on their own to find a picnic spot. Some chose to stop at Fort Garland. Some went to the Sand Dunes (where there was a 2-hour wait to get in). And others headed straight for the motel, the Best Western Movie Manor. The motel manager, Roy, was awesome. He insisted we move our hospitality operation into his meeting space when a sandstorm tried to kick sand in our faces.
When it was time for dinner, we changed into our '50's garb and went off to Quincy’s for awesome prime rib. Then it was back to the motel for the movie – Thunder Road with Tom Cruise & Nicole Kidman. We handed out popcorn and movie candy and folks had the option to watch in their rooms or take their cars to the drive-in. It was totally retro and totally awesome.
It was a short stay because we drove home on Sunday, But it was also a fabulous trip and another tour de force for the Abshers!
We had a record turnout for our June 5th@5. We held it in the downstairs showroom of Mercedes-Benz of Colorado Springs, where there was sufficient room to socially distance and be socially responsible. The section provided pizza, dessert, chips, salsa, and adult beverages as well as water and soda to our attendees.
We really appreciated this much-delayed opportunity to leave the house and get together with friends. An added bonus was that we could do so safely.
Our sincere thanks to Glenn Hammill and Mercedes-Benz of Colorado Springs for their hospitality – the best partners any car club ever had! And kudos for Henry and Sylvia Russell for putting together a great evening.
Due to the on-going COVID-19 health emergency, upcoming section activities have been postponed. We will reschedule as soon as possible and let you know via the newsletter and email of new dates. In the meantime, please comply with recommended health guidelines and stay healthy. Be well, everyone!