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Our Independence Day, 2008

Diana and Noel chose to spend this July 4th chasing down Squished Pennies in the Colorado Springs area. Neither of us had ever been to the top of Pike's Peak so we did our first 14er together. We filled three more books of pennies and got our first Squished Dime. All the while seeing sights of a very delightful part of Colorado.

Gliders inside the Air Force Academy Visitor's Center

The 8 pennies for the 2 machines at the Air Force Academy

Overlook of the Academy grounds

Squished machine in Italian restaurant downtown Springs

Giant coin press at the Numismatic Museum in Colorado Springs

Entrance to Numismatic Museum

Top of Pikes Peak, overlooking the "Amber waves of grains . . . ) and the but of a cog railway car.

Diana and Noel in front of a sign at the Peak

Diana in new dress she made for the trip

Diana at Squished machine in Pike's Peak Visitor Center

Diana in front of another Pike's Peak sign

The amusement grounds at the North Pole at base of Pike's Peak

Entrance and Gift Shop to North Pole

Diana and Noel in front of Manitou Cliff Dwellings

Cafe at Cliff Dwellings

Sign at Garden of the God's Trading Post


In between we sampled many of the natural springs spurting in Manitou Springs. We visited Fargo's Pizza joint with a VERY squeaky machine. A broken machine at another restaurant and the Mining Museum and the Pioneer Museum were closed. The only other machines in the area are are the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and Seven Falls, which we decided we'd go another day . . .