. Today we had a dinner platter (which was $6.99) which came with a choice of meats (chicken, ham, pork chop, beef stew, catfish) and two sides/vegetables (green beans, mashed potato, corn, carrots, steak fries, macaroni cheese etc) and a fresh baked biscuit (scone) and corn muffin. For desert Fred & I shared an Apple Dumpling, which was this amazing apple pie type thing with pecans & home-made vanilla icecream. From the gift shop I couldn't resist buying a Christmas Decoration for our tree (yes they have Christmas stuff out already, and tons of Halloween stuff too)- an African American Santa!!! Another long drive through the changing landscape of the South Central region of Colorado. There are still mountain ranges surrounding us, though not the Rockies any more. Now there are more rocky butte shapes jutting out of grassy plains, and bald peaked tips of mountains (which would look amazing dusted with snow). We encountered some fork lightening & thunder on our way here, but then some amazing sights as the sun pierced through the clouds.
We took the truck into Golden this morning, which is a very pleasant little town, with an abundance of sculptures and pretty areas to sit and admire the views (or locals). Coors beer has its factory here, and they do free tours for those who are interested (probably those who are interested are interested in getting the free sample...). We walked down the historic Main street, and to look at Cedar Creek which runs through it. Golden has quite a bit of history surrounding it; it was both a gold rush town and a coal mining town. The kids enjoyed posing with the many sculptures, and going down a slide that connected the sidewalk with the level of the creek. We left Golden at about 11.30 and headed south on Interstate 25, through Colorado Springs and through to Pueblo, where we stopped for an exceptionally yummy lunch at Cracker Barrel. Cracker Barrel http://www.crackerbarrel.com/ has to be my favourite chain restaurant in the States - they serve good, real southern home style cooking and attached to their restaurants are these cool 'country' type stores