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These are my thoughts and opinions about life in general. I also get daily prompts from DSP which inspire me to write. If I throw in some scrapbook pages I've done, photos I've taken, and stories about me, you will have an idea about my loony life!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Volunteer and Adventure Day 41 - Colorado

Blog prompt: This week is National Volunteer Week. Do you volunteer for anything? If so, what do you do?

Now that I am retired, I really only do volunteer work. Here are some of the things that I do:
1. I am the web manager/designer for the Mt. Rogers Appalachian Trail Club website.
2. I write a blog for teachers (new and struggling).
3. I am on the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Board of Directors.
4. I am a member of Loving Threads at my church and we make prayer shawls (for hospice and nursing homes) as well as baby stuff for teen parents.
5. I talk to groups of teachers about special ed and using technology in their classrooms at no cost (other than asking for my expenses to be paid if I travel out of my district).
6. I have also volunteered to be a mentor to a student CEC member.

Travel Notes:

Today was a fun day! We left Pueblo and headed towards Florence and Canon City. We went through there too early though for the antique shops to be open. We thought about going to the Royal Gorge Bridge Park but they charged $24 per person and we have seen so many canyons and gorges lately that we decided to skip it. Then we took Hwy 9 up towards Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument. Along the way we saw lots of deer, pronghorn and bison. I had never heard of this monument but saw it on the map so we decided to check it out. I’m so glad we did because we had a really nice time. It has the world’s only known fossil of the tsetse fly. We took a hike which showed us huge petrified stumps of redwood trees that were over a thousand years old. We also saw the Abert squirrel which was black and had tufted ears. We also saw animals that looked liked prairie dogs but the ranger told us those were Richardson ground squirrels.

After the park we headed up to Cripple Creek and Victor which were old gold mining towns. Cripple Creek had lots of casinos up there now. It looked like gold mining is still going on in both towns too. The ranger said that Victor used to have 20,000 people but now only has 300 people.
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Glynis said...

Loving those pictures of you guys! So glad your vacation is going well :)

Tammy said...

When I first read your #1 volunteer job, I thought it said Mr. Rogers!! *LOL* Then I caught myself.

You do great work with your volunteering Pat. I wish I could do more. But I make the area plants and dogs have a good day.

Tink said...

I think I would have had a hard time guessing what you volunteered for....NOT. You are just so special and all those people benefit from your generosity. :)