Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Monday, August 30, 2010
On Monday, 8-16-10, we stayed in a Hotel in Pueblo. We got up and drove to Colorado City to find the Kingdom Hall. They have built a new one a couple of years ago, and we wanted to see far and how long a drive it is from our future home. We went to the post office to ask. The Post Master told us how to get there, and said it is a beautiful building and an asset to the community. She said that one day it was there and a couple of days later "Poof there it was with people going in and out". I took a couple pictures and we drove directly to our gate, and it took 25 minutes and was 13 miles.
Sunday, August 29, 2010
The Old Ranch and Barn is said to have been built by Charlie Goodnight. He is the same one that the Goodnight Loving trail is named after. It is along I-25 just north of Colorado City. Our ranch is behind this on the original land that was the Hatchet Ranch. The Colorado Cattle Company sold about 20,000 acres to the developer that devided it into lots of between 40 and 250 acres. The land went from France to Spain to Texas to the US.
We took the road into the Ranch and crossed the Green River. In some research that I did a few years ago, I learned that the book and movie Lonesome Dove was written off a tail of two Texas Rangers who, in later years moved cattle from Texas to Montana, when one of them was shot by Indians, and asked the other to take his body back and bury him where two creeks met. The book and movie was changed from the real story a little. But the real story was of Charlie Goodnight, and the creeks were the Greenhorn River and Muddy creek. The meet about a 1/4 mile north of this picture. Anyway, I think this is a nice picture of the Greenhorn.
Thursday, August 26, 2010
We left NC at about 6:00 pm on Friday the 13th. We traveled to Knoxville TN, and stopped for the night. It took us 4 1/2 hours to get there. There was a traffic delay on I-40 due to a rock slide about a year ago that knocked out the highway. They now have one land open. It would have been a 90 mile detour if it were still closed. That being said the delay was only about 45 minutes. On Saturday we drove to Oklahoma City, and stopped about 8:30 pm. On Sunday we drove the rest of the way to Pueblo, Colorado. These are a few of the pics along the way.
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
We went to Forest and Erica's on Sunday. Forest has a large Fernell lens that he focused on a black pot turned upside down with a smaller pot/bowl inside. The Idea is to pump cold water between the two bowls and heat the water with the Sun. We started with 16 gallons of water at 86 degrees F. He had a fountain pump that pumped the water through and back to the tank (Picnic cooler). In two hours, five minutes, from 3:15 to 5:20 pm we got a 39 degree F. rise to 125 F. It has potential for pre-heating water.
Friday, August 6, 2010
I went to a design meeting this morning, with a developer who wants to knock a building down next to the track and built another glass fortress. It will go up 38 feet and then cantilever over the track. The other photo is of a track grinder that will start on Sunday morning profiling our track. This should have been done three years ago at about 1/3 the cost. The track and the tires of the trains are cut to minimize the drag, for the most efficient operation.