Central Plains Journey

What: Free admission to 10 historical attractionsTrainTicket
Where: Colorado Central Plains
When: Memorial Day through Labor Day (check website for exact dates)

Yes, we have ten — count them — ten unique and interesting museums, parks, rides, and more in eastern Colorado. All free during the summer months. Here’s the secret to free admission: simply download the free “Train Ticket” from Our Journey website, and you’re on your way to a lot of free and fun entertainment.

Here are just a few of the places you’ll discover on your journey to the eastern part of our state:

What: World’s Wonder View Tower
Where: Genoa (east of Limon)
When: Daily, 9 AM to 5 PM

picWonderTower01They just don’t make ’em like this anymore. In 1926, P.T. Barnum, C.W. Gregory, and Myrtle Le Bow decided what the eastern plains of Colorado needed was a tower. A tower that would let you see 6 states from the top. A tower that was confirmed, in 1934, to be the highest point between Denver and New York City. A tower that, over the years, has become the focal point of a building that houses such wonders as a museum with two-headed calves, eight-legged pigs, and other surprises.

For those whose interests are a bit less freakish, how about the rock collection with rocks from every state and from all over the world? How about a 75,000 year old Mammoth skeleton? A collection of 20,000 Indian arrowheads? Antique guns? A monument built of petrified coal? We could go on, but words just don’t do this place justice.


What: Kit Carson County CarouselpicCarousel01
Where: Burlington
When: Daily, 1 – 8 PM, Memorial Day to Labor Day

This historical Carousel ride was only the 6th one built by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company, and is the only surviving menagerie carousel from that manufacturer. “Menagerie?” you ask. Yes — instead of a merry-go-round consisting of nothing but horses, this magnificent carousel includes zebras, donkeys, and even a lion!

The carousel and its equally wonderful Wurlitzer Monster Military Band Organ both resided at Elitch Gardens in Denver for a time, but moved to Kit Carson County in 1928. Unlike the fate of so many other historical carousels, this one still boasts its original paintings on both the carousel animals and the decorative paintings.

Come enjoy a 20 minute tour and — here’s the best part — a ride on this beauty!


What: Grampa Jerry’s Clown Museum
Where: Arriba (east of Limon)
When: Daily, 10 AM – 6 PM, Memorial Day to Labor Day

picClownMuseum02Everything you’ve ever wanted to know about Clowns, but were afraid to ask! Here you’ll find a multitude of all things Clown.

Clown music boxes, clown whisky decanters, clown coffee cups, clown tea sets, clown drawings by children, a glow-in-the-dark stick-on clown tatoo, a necktie clown, and even a hairball clown. You’ll discover over 3,000 clown-like things at Grampa Jerry’s.

My childhood TV buddy, Bozo the Clown from Denver’s Channel 2 back in the 50’s, even visited the Clown Museum at one time. Now, why doesn’t that surprise me.

Your kids will also enjoy playing on the playground equipment outside the small building.


The 10 free attractions are:
Lincoln County’s Hedlund House Museum – Hugo, CO
Limon Heritage Museum & Railroad Park – Limon, CO
World’s Wonder View Tower – Genoa, CO
Grampa Jerry’s Clown Museum – Arriba, CO
Flagler Hospital Museum & Hal Borland Room – Flagler, CO
Second Central School Museum – Flagler, CO
Kit Carson County Carousel – Burlington, CO
Old Town – Burlington, CO
Kit Carson Museum – Kit Carson, CO
Cheyenne County Museum – Cheyenne Wells, CO


For more information on these attractions, contact:
Prairie Development Corp.
Box 202
Stratton CO 80836

(800) 825-0208

Website: http://www.ourjourney.info/Default.asp

Pioneers Museum (Colorado Springs)

What:  Pioneers Museum Pioneer Museum (Colorado Springs CO) Free admission
Where: Colorado Springs
When: Tues – Sat, 10 – 5; Sundays (May – October), 1 – 5

As you enter this fabulous museum, you are greeted by a statue of Katharine Lee Bates, who was inspired by a trip to the top of Pikes Peak to write the famous words, “O beautiful for spacious skies, For amber waves of grain, For purple mountain majesties Above the fruited plain!” Go ahead and sing the rest of the song; we can wait.

Hop on the “birdcage” elevator to go to the 3rd floor, where you’ll find many of the permanent displays. A portion of Helen Hunt Jackson’s house here in Colorado Springs has been restored here. This 19th century author is remembered for her work as an activist for Native American rights, and for her close friendship with Emily Dickenson.

You’ll also find a room devoted to Indians of the Pikes Peak region, items from the late 19th Century and early 20th Century, and a beautifully-preserved Main Courtroom – appropriate, since the museum is housed in the old El Paso County Courthouse building, built in 1903.

exhibit at Pioneer Museum (Colorado Springs CO) - free admissionOur favorite exhibit is the Medical Heritage room. Colorado Springs and nearby Manitou Springs were promoted as health meccas. Manitou’s mineral waters were touted as cures for maladies including alcoholism, gout, cancer, and obesity. Colorado Springs was advertised as being one of the healthiest places in the world (especially for those suffering from tuberculosis), because “the atmosphere is absolutely aseptic and free from all germ life,” according to a Secretary of the Chamber of Commerce who was promoting the area years ago. The exhibit includes some fascinating (albeit slightly frightening) displays of early medical and dental equipment. One room has shelves overflowing with boxes and cans of liniments, medicated pads, lotions, extracts, and the like. A hypochondriac’s delight!


Other floors include exhibits of antique clothing, children’s toys, quilts, Van Briggle Pottery, Native art, textiles, and changing exhibits.

For more information, contact:
Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum
215 S Tejon Street
Colorado Springs, CO 80903

(719) 385-5990


Additional directions:
Drive to Colorado Springs on I-25

Take Exit 141 (Cimarron Street), and drive east 0.6 miles to Tejon Street.

Turn left on Tejon Street, and drive 2 blocks north to Vermijo Avenue.

Turn right on Vermijo Avenue. The museum is on your left, in the beautifully restored old El Paso County Courthouse building.

Free parking is available along Vermijo starting one block past the museum. Metered parking and a parking garage are also available close to the museum.

Sports Hall of Fame Museum (Denver)

What:  Colorado Sports Hall of Fame MuseumSportsHallOfFame
Where: Denver
When: Thursday through Saturday, 10 AM – 3 PM
(note: Museum may have special hours on Bronco home games and during other special events)

Here in Colorado, we love our sports. And we’ve certainly had our share of great athletes and great people associated with sports here in our home state.

Whether your interest lies with great moments in Colorado sport history, women in sports, or all things “Bronco”, you’ll find plenty to enjoy at the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame Museum. There’s even a display called “MIND – BODY – SPIRIT / THE IMPORTANCE OF SPORTS CONDITIONING” where John Elway and Amy Van Dyken demonstrate (through photos — sorry, they’re not here in person!) how muscle groups work together and provide injury prevention concepts.

There are 6 key characteristics which may qualify someone to be inducted into the Hall of Fame:

Sportsmanship – Leadership – Courage – Sacrifice – Endurance – Power

SportsA few of the inductees you’ll find honored here:

Bobby Anderson, Terrell Davis, Mildred “Babe” Didrickson, Jack Dempsey, Peggy Fleming, Rich “Goose” Gossage, Randy Gradishar, Scott Hamilton, Bill Hanzlik, Hale Irwin, Dan Issel, Billy Kidd, Floyd Little, Karl Mecklenburg, Robert “Red” Miller, Doug Moe, Haven Moses, Dan Reeves, Patrick Roy, Shannon Sharpe, Bill Toomey, Amy Van Dyken, Byron “Whizzer” White (yes, the same Byron White who served as a Supreme Court Justice), and, of course, John Elway.

Pretty impressive, eh?

For more information, contact:
INVESCO Field at Mile High
1701 Bryant St. #500
Denver, CO 80204



Additional directions:
The Colorado Sports Hall of Fame is located at Gate #1 on the west side of INVESCO Field at Mile High. For those of you not familiar with the Denver area, the football stadium is located just west of I-25 and north of Colfax Avenue.

NCAR Tour (Boulder)

What: National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) tourNCAR Science museum (Boulder CO) - free admission
Where: Boulder
When: Self-guided tours Weekdays 8-5; weekends and holidays 9-4;
Guided Tours at noon Mon.,Wed., and Fri., except holidays

In Woody Allen’s 1973 movie Sleeper, Woody tries to load a huge magnetic tape on a super computer, and ends up dangling out a window tangled up in tape. The futuristic building featured in this scene is the beautiful structure designed by world famous architect I.M. Pei, and the home of the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). It is situated in a spectacular setting, nestled beneath Boulder’s dramatic Flatiron rock formations.

Adults and children alike will find fascinating hands-on displays that demonstrate how tornadoes form, how eddies form in water and air, and various electrical phenomena such as lightning and static electricity. These and other exhibits demonstrate processes that affect weather and climate.

NCAR Science museum (Boulder CO) - free admissionVisit the impressive computing center, utilized by researchers working to provide more accurate weather forecasts, improve hurricane warnings, understand climate change such as global warming, measure wind shear and turbulence, and much more. Learn how the use of the on-site 3D Visualization Lab has helped scientists make breakthroughs in analyzing data.

If terms like gigaflops and terabytes mean something to you, you’ll find additional details on the computers currently being used at NCAR, which runs one of the 10 fastest supercomputing centers in the world. Computer history buffs will enjoy a close-up view of part of the old Cray Supercomputer used by the center starting in the late 1970s.

After enjoying the indoor displays, head outside to the 0.4 mile Walter Orr Roberts Weather Trail, where you’ll hike through a nature preserve and learn about weather phenomena that may be visible around you while you walk! View the infamous Brown Cloud, look for Mountain Waves in the clouds, and learn about cold fronts, snow, ultraviolet light, erosion, fire, drought, and thunderstorms (oops, time to head back inside!) Be on the lookout for mule deer, rabbits, and lovely springtime wildflowers in the woods around you. Numerous other hiking trails are available in this region as well.


For more information, contact:
National Center for Atmospheric Research
1850 Table Mesa Drive
Boulder, CO 80305


Additional directions:
Drive to the intersection of Broadway and Table Mesa Drive on the north side of Boulder. Turn west on Table Mesa Drive, and continue to the end of the road, which is the entrance to the parking lot for NCAR.

The Money Museum (Denver)

What: The Money Museum Money Museum
Where: Denver
When: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm Monday through Friday
(closed on bank holidays)

Sorry, they aren’t giving away free money. But you get to design your own money — that’s pretty cool. You can’t spend it, but…

And you get to see what $30,000,000 looks like. Real money. Up close and personal.

The Money Museum at the Federal Reserve Bank offers a unique and up-close look at the nation’s financial system in action. Visitors can learn more about the Fed, view aspects of the payments system and discover how the Fed promotes a healthy economy which positively impacts our daily lives.

If your interest (pun intended) is in historical currency, you’re in the right place. Would you like to see a $100,000 bill? Yep, that’s here too. And here’s something that you’ll want to check out: see if you can spot a counterfeit vs. real $20 bill. There are several other interactive displays to enhance your knowledge of money and the economy.

Important:  There are special requirements for IDs and rules about items that cannot be brought into the Bank. Check them carefully before you go.

For more information, contact:
Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City – Denver Branch
1020 16th Street
Denver, CO 80202

(303) 572-2300

email: denvertours@kc.frb.org

Longmont Museum (Longmont)

What: Longmont Museum and Cultural CenterGlass wall 2
Where: 400 Quail Road in south Longmont
When: Mon. – Sat. 9-5, Sun. 1-5.

Now here’s a museum where you’ll enjoy the architecture, decor, and views just as much as the actual displays!

The exhibits change regularly, and there is surely something for everyone here. Take a look at a few of the offerings for 2007 and early 2008:

Ansel Adams & Edwin Land: Art, Science and Invention
– Photographs from the Polaroid Collection
Gadgets & Gizmos: Tools in Longmont
Frederic Remington Makes Tracks…Adventures and Artistic Impressions

Added in September, 2007 — a new permanent history gallery called “Front Range Rising” with hands-on artifacts, a large-scale topographical map of the area, and numerous treasures from the Museum’s collection.

Longs Peak RoomNote that the permanent exhibits are free. However, there may be a fee to view some special exhibits.

Got kids? The beautiful Longs Peak Room has killer views from the mountains to the plains, and is filled with interactive, cool stuff for the whole family to enjoy. There are local history books, an antique stereoscope, and drawers full of interesting historical objects from the Longmont area for everyone to explore.

Children can dress up as bison or crows as they learn about the special meaning of these creatures to native peoples of the region. Plan out a town using wooden blocks. Learn about early mountaineers Isabella Bird (who climbed Longs Peak in 1873!) and Enos Mills, the “father” of Rocky Mountain National Park. View some of the tools used by climbers to ascend Longs Peak over the years.

What a great way to spend the day!

For more information, contact:
Longmont Museum & Cultural Center
400 Quail Road
Longmont, CO 80501

(303) 651-8374


Leanin’ Tree Museum of Western Art (Boulder)

What: Leanin’ Tree Museum of Western ArtLeanin' Tree Western Art Museum (Boulder CO) - free admissionWhere: Boulder
When: Monday – Friday 8 AM – 4:30 PM.
Sat. and Sun. 10 AM – 4 PM. Closed Holidays.

This art museum is one of those wonderful surprises you sometimes get to experience. Be sure to allow yourself at least an hour to fully appreciate what is described as “the largest, privately held collection of western art in the country.” We’re sure you won’t be disappointed.

The Museum’s collection includes a wide variety of drawings, paintings, and sculptures from a number of famous artists. The exquisite facial expressions in some of the artwork have to be seen to be appreciated. You expect the characters to actually step out of their frames and engage you in conversation.

The Frederick Remington collection from Harper’s Weekly alone is very impressive. Those of us who can’t draw a straight line using a ruler can really appreciate the life-like animation he brings to his drawings. It’s difficult to say enough about this fine historic collection.

The variety of subjects insures that everyone in your family will enjoy this very special Museum. You might imagine that all the artwork revolves around cowboys and Indians. Not so! The Western landscapes are absolutely breathtaking. You’ll also find a sharp contrast in theme when you come across the humorous artwork.

Take time to browse through their very fine gift shop. There you will find a wide selection of fine art gift ideas including posters and greeting cards. After all, Leanin’ Tree is the largest publisher of western wildlife and regional interest greeting cards.

Visit this Museum once and you’ll be promising yourself that you’ll be back again real soon, Pardner!

No photography is allowed within the building, but you may take photos of the statues outside.

For more information, contact:
Leanin’ Tree Museum of Western Art
6055 Longbow Drive
Boulder, CO 80301

800-777-8716 x299


Additional directions:
Drive to the north side of Boulder, to the intersection of the Diagonal Highway (CO 119) and Jay Road (County Road 44). Turn east on Jay Road, crossing the railroad tracks. Continue 9.0 miles on Jay Road to Spine Road. Turn left (north) on Spine Road, and drive 0.9 miles (passing the entrance to Celestial Seasonings) to Longbow Drive. Turn right on Longbow, drive 1 block, and turn right at the “T” intersection. The museum will be to your left.

Geology Museum (Golden)

What: Colorado School of Mines Geology MuseumGeology Museum exhibit (Golden CO) - free admission
Where: Golden
When: Monday-Saturday 9-4, Sunday 1-4
Closed Sundays in Summer & all CSM holidays
School group tours must be scheduled in advance

We suppose you might groan if we said this museum is a “gem of a place.”

You won’t have that reaction when you peruse the display of approximately 50,000 minerals, fossils, gemstones, and artifacts which the museum has to offer. You’ll simply “ooh” and “aah” over this outstanding collection of material. About the time you think you’ve seen “the best” crystals, you’ll be dazzled by the display in the next case. From the blues of Azurite to the reds and pinks of Rhodochrosite, the whites and yellows of Quartz to the oranges and yellows of Wulfenite, the wide variety of rich colors along with impressive sizes and shapes make this museum tour a memorable event.

Geology Museum exhibit (Golden CO) - free admissionThe displays are well lit and documented as to type and origin of the specimen. View the official State Gems and State Minerals from each state. You’ll find articles from all around the globe as well as right here in Colorado. Speaking of Colorado, there’s a fine display of good old Colorado gold. While you’re lusting after all that gold, the kids can enjoy spending some time in the “kids corner.”

The lower floor contains an interesting display of Colorado mining history as well as some interesting fossils.

If you would like to donate $5,000 – $10,000, you can take home some really fine crystals. Check them out; don’t you think they would make a fine conversation piece on the family coffee table?

For more information, contact:
Colorado School of Mines
Department of Geology and Geological Engineering
16th and Maple Street
Golden, CO 80401
(303) 273-3815

Website: www.mines.edu/Academic/geology/museum/

Dinosaur Ridge (Morrison)

What: Dinosaur RidgeDinosaur Ridge (Morrison CO) - real dinosaur tracks + museum
Where: Morrison
When: Every day
Visitor Center hours: Mon-Sat 9 AM-4 PM, Sun Noon-4 PM
Interpretive trail is open daily until sundown

This site gives new meaning to the term “leave only footprints” when hiking! You’ll be amazed at the variety of prehistoric animal tracks, both large and small, which are available for viewing along this well-preserved site (see Map of main tracks).

Dinosaur Ridge is a geologically famous National Natural Landmark and is on the State Register of Historic Places. Here you will find Jurassic dinosaur bones, such as Allosaurus, Apatosaurus and Stegosaurus, the Colorado State Fossil. The area contains well over 300 Cretaceous dinosaur footprints.

Take time to experience the self-guided tour which includes sixteen interpretative signs that describe fossil remains as well as other relevant features of the area. These informative signs have been placed along a one-mile (two-mile round trip) stretch of Alameda Parkway and enhance your tour of the area. This tour is best viewed on foot as parking space is limited and it is illegal and dangerous to stop on the highway while you read the signs. Besides, you probably need the exercise after sitting in the car on the drive over to area.

Stop at the Visitor Center prior to taking the self-guided tour. There you will find additional displays and be able to ask questions about the different formations and tracks you will be viewing on the tour. Guidebooks, which may be purchased at the Visitor Center, give more extensive information relating to each of the signed areas along the tour.

For more information, contact:
Friends of Dinosaur Ridge
16831 W. Alameda Pkwy
Morrison, CO 80465
Phone: (303) 697-3466

Map of main tracks website: www.dinoridge.org/TrackMap.htm

Additional directions:
(Source: Friends of Dinosaur Ridge Website)
To get to the Dinosaur Ridge Visitor Center, use one of the following options:
From I-70, take the Morrison Exit (259) and head south towards the Town of Morrison and Red Rocks. After approximately 1.5 miles, watch for the turn for W. Alameda Pkwy on your left – it’s the only road on your left that leads up and over the Ridge. The intersection is marked by a brown sign denoting the left turn for Dinosaur Ridge, and on your right, there is an entrance to Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre. Follow W. Alameda Pkwy and you will see the Dinosaur Ridge Visitor Center at the base of the Ridge on your left.

From C-470, take the Morrison Road exit and head west towards the Town of Morrison. Turn right on S. Rooney Rd, which is approximately 200 feet west of the interchange (just before the Conoco Station). Follow Rooney Rd. past Bandimere Speedway until the road ends at a stop sign at W. Alameda Pkwy. Turn left onto W. Alameda Pkwy and you will see the Dinosaur Ridge Visitor Center on your right after approximately 1/4 mile.


Denver-for-Free: a fun-filled day of free things to do around Denver

by Diane Winger

Whether you are planning a vacation to Denver, or you’re a local looking for something new to see or do, chances are you’d like to find something for free. Good news: you’ve come to the right place!

Let’s start off our free day (if today happens to be a Tuesday during the warmer months) by dropping in at Denver Botanic Gardens. Enjoy a fitness walk through the beautiful gardens, followed by a healthy snack (also free!). To add more balance to your morning, attend the free T’ai Chi class as well. (For more information: call 720-865-3500 or visit  http://www.botanicgardens.org/content/fitness-walks)
2010 UPDATE: The Gardens aren’t holding their fitness walks and t’ai chi classes this year. Check their website for any changes to their schedule.

That was invigorating! Now, let’s head downtown to the Colorado State Capitol Building. The distinctive dome is plated with Colorado gold. The gold has been replaced several times, using rolls of ultra-thin gold, requiring only 47 ounces of gold to coat the entire dome! As you explore the building on your own, or join a free tour, enjoy the murals, stained glass portraits, wall hanging, and presidential portraits. During the legislative session, step into the Senate or House of Representatives gallery to watch state legislators in action.

For those Coloradoans who’ve visited in the past and remember hiking up and up the spiral stairs into the dome to enjoy the views of the city and of the building below, we have some bad news. After 9/11, this part of the building was closed to visitors. The good news is that visitors are still able to stroll through much of the building to enjoy its beauty and fascinating history. (For more information: call 303-866-2604 or visit www.milehighcity.com/capitol).

News flash 3/2007: Tours are now available again for the Capitol Dome!  Reservations are required (2 weeks in advance)

As we approach lunchtime, how about browsing the incredible book offerings at one of the Tattered Cover bookstore locations? What’s a bookstore doing in an article about free things to do in Colorado? Well, my friends, the Tattered Cover isn’t just any bookstore. What started out over 30 years ago as a small, cozy bookshop with an eclectic selection of books evolved into an amazing place for anyone who enjoys books. Not only will you find an outstanding selection of books (over half a million in the two original locations, consisting of over 150,000 titles), but you’ll still enjoy the feeling of being in a cozy shop where you feel welcome to curl up on a sofa or sit back in a recliner to enjoy reading a book, magazine, or newspaper. This is the bookstore that some of the “big box” booksellers wish they could be.

Although lunch isn’t free, may we suggest a light meal at the in-house coffee shop. (For more information: call 303-436-1070 or visitwww.tatteredcover.com).

Are you up for one more tour? If your free day is a Wednesday or Saturday, and it’s now about 2:00 PM, head over to the historic Brown Palace Hotel downtown. Meet in the sitting area beside the entrance to the Ship Tavern inside the hotel, and enjoy learning some fascinating Denver history on this 45 – 60 minute free guided tour. See a hotel that has hosted kings and presidents, executives, rock stars, and even people like you and me. (For more information, call: 303-297-3111 or 800-321-2599 or visitwww.brownpalace.com/about/historical_tours.cfm).

Next up: Dinosaur Ridge by Morrison. This site gives new meaning to the term “leave only footprints” when hiking! You’ll be amazed at the variety of prehistoric animal tracks, both large and small, which are available for viewing along this well-preserved site. Stop by the Visitor Center, and then take time to experience the self-guided tour which includes sixteen interpretative signs that describe fossil remains as well as other relevant features of the area. (For more information, call: 303-697-3466 or visit www.dinoridge.org).

From Dinosaur Ridge, it’s just a quick jaunt over to the gorgeous Red Rocks Amphitheatre and Visitor Center. From Opera to Rock, Jazz to Reggae, Folk to Swing, Classical to Country; all types of musical performances have occurred at this spectacular natural amphitheatre since the early 1900s. During the day, or late into the evening when no concert is scheduled, you can come explore this beautiful concert venue.

When you’re done exploring the amphitheatre, don’t miss the captivating Visitor Center, which opened in 2003. The Visitor Center is tucked under the seating, so it made a minimal impact on the appearance of the area. Watch a 10-minute film that describes the history – both natural and musical – of the park. Reminisce as you view concert posters from the past 40 years, see instruments belonging to favorite musicians, or use the interactive computer terminals to find out who performed here or to remember a special concert. (For more information, call: 303-295-4444 or 303-640-2637 or visit www.redrocksonline.com).

Are you up for one final stop and a few free beers? Take a tour at one of Colorado’s best-known companies, Coors (now known as:  MillerCoors), and enjoy up to 3 free samples of their variety of beer products (if you are over 21), or complimentary soft drinks if you are younger or prefer something non-alcoholic.

More than 250,000 people take this popular free tour each year. Participation is on a first-come, first-served basis; no reservations are taken. Your self-guided audio tour will take you through the main steps of the brewing process at the world’s largest brewery at a single site.

The tour takes 35 to 40 minutes; allow additional time to enjoy your 3 beer samples, to browse the gift shop, and sober up before you drive. (For more information: call 866-812-2337 (toll free) or 303-277-2337 (303-227-BEER) or visit www.millercoors.com).

Whew! That’s enough fun for one day. Thanks for joining me. 


©2006-2017 All Rights Reserved.
Diane & Charlie Winger are authors of several hiking and travel guidebooks, including The Essential Guide to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve, The Trad Guide to Joshua Tree – 60 favorite climbs from 5.5 to 5.9, and Because It’s There – A Photographic Journey. Charlie recently released his autobiography, Two Shadows – a true story of triumph over adversity, an inspiring story filled with mountaineering adventures. Diane authored Faces, a novel featuring struggles with face-blindness (prosopagnosia), Duplicity, a thriller set at a ski hut high in the mountains of Colorado, Rockfall, a story of tragedy and hope, Memories & Secrets, the story of a grandmother and granddaughter each facing her own demons, The Daughters’ Baggage, which follows the lives of several young women as a special little suitcase passes from one to the next, and The Abandoned Girl, because although every child deserves a loving home, some don’t get what they deserve.