Happy Belated Birthday To Me!

Hi there. My name is Omo. You have met me before, but in case you don’t remember, please look here for a reminder. I’m a Nile Hippopotamus and live at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado Springs. When I opened my eyes for the very first time on July 20, 2021, no representative of my … Continue reading Happy Belated Birthday To Me!

The Many Faces Of Summer

How has your summer been? Naturally beautiful and uplifting, while at the same time so hot and dry that it was hard to endure looking at the sun's broiling face and you spent most of the daytime hours in the cool basement or in air-conditioned rooms? Physically and mentally challenging, with reminders of your mortality? … Continue reading The Many Faces Of Summer

A County First

Colorado holds a few records in the United States: With 6,800 feet (2,073 meters), it has the highest mean elevation among the 50 states. It is also the only state whose entire area lies above 3,280 feet (1,000 meters). El Paso County, where we live, is the most populous of Colorado’s 64 counties, based on … Continue reading A County First

Hot Air Balloons

According to Wikipedia, The hot air balloon is the first successful human-carrying flight technology. The first untethered manned hot air balloon flight was performed by Jean-François Pilâtre de Rozier and François Laurent d'Arlandes on November 21, 1783, in Paris, France, in a balloon created by the Montgolfier brothers. The first hot air balloon flown in … Continue reading Hot Air Balloons

Bedewed is Bejeweled

As I’m leaving Woodland Park behind me and driving north on Colorado State Highway 67 early on this August 18 morning, layers of mist hover over the damp meadows that border the road through this high and wide mountain valley. This summer’s monsoon season has been even more generous to neighboring Teller County than to … Continue reading Bedewed is Bejeweled