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What a great place to take the family. We ventured up there last month and were totally amazed at one man, with a vision, can do. It was a bunch of fun climbing the catle and hiking on the property surrounding the castle. And the view of the Sangre De Cristo(Blood Of Christ) Mountains was breathtaking!
Although a three-story medieval castle nestled in the forest 24 miles northwest of tranquil Colorado City is something unique, the structure may not even be as colorful and interesting as its creator.
Since 1969, Jim Bishop, 56, has toiled laboriously and diligently, both building the castle by hand and battling those who have raised objections to his project and attitude. And despite a host of setbacks - including the loss of a son in 1988 - the feisty and outspoken owner of Bishop Ornamental Iron in Pueblo carries on, adding to his masterpiece as he sees fit, all the while paying little mind to his detractors.
'This is a true castle because it's under siege,' said Bishop, who refers to himself as a 'rebel with a cause.' It always seems to be in the middle of one battle or another. But it's here for the people. That's why it's free....

Indian Lore & Tradition: Navajo Sandpaintings
Click for Boncarbo, Colorado Forecast The sandpainting originates from Navajo healing ceremonies. In a ceremony that lasts several days, the medicine man builds a sandpainting and places the patient in the middle of it.
Sandpaintings are very detailed and colorful and each figure carries a special meaning. The designs are of many subjects familiar to the Navajo people. The most common figures in sandpaintings are yeis (yays) or Navajo holy people. Another frequently used design is the four sacred plants which are corn, beans, squash, and tobacco. Other designs may be animals, plants, rainbows, lightning, or bows and arrows. Rocks are gathered from around the reservation and crushed into sand to produce the many colors used in the sandpaintings.
This amazingly detailed and complex Navajo symbol of healing has been broadened into a unique art form to be appreciated by many.

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Grand Canyon Railway & Resort is the trailhead for your journey to the Grand Canyon. Ride a historic train to the Grand Canyon. Take a motorcoach rim tour while at the South Rim. Enjoy the comfort of the Railway's resort hotel, the Fray Marcos. Have a delicious meal at the Railway's restaurant, Max & Thelma's, and go back in time at the historic Williams Depot. All are located together in Williams, Arizona, the closest city to the Grand Canyon. You can plan your whole Grand Canyon experience with just one phone call to 1-800-THE-TRAIN.

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Tip Top was first settled in 1875. By 18880, a post office was established and the town was officially born. During its brief existence, Tip Top was home to a grade school, two general stores, six saloons, two restaurants, a Chinese laundry, a blacksmith, a butcher, and a shoe store. With the drop in the price of silver, the Tip Top mine closed, and by 1895, the town no longer existed. Today, ruins and foundations are scattered around the area. A millsite is located a few miles to the west.

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Survival Tip: The Dangers Of Dehydration
We've discussed before in our Outdoors Tips how not drinking enough water can lead to decreased athletic ability. But dehydration can have more profound medical consequences. Severe dehydration is characterized by, among other things, uncoordination and irrational thinking. This is a dangerous mix of symptoms that can easily lead to more serious backcountry injuries. Always drink copious amounts of water whenever you take a break. And don't rely on symptoms of dehydration (like thirst) to start chugging water. Drink before you're thirsty. Until next time: Be Safe ~ Be Happy!!


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Message from a Recon Marine in Afghanistan
Published: November 11, 2001
Author: Saucy Jack

PLACE: Just outside of Ab Gach, in the Northwest panhandle of Afghanistan between Tajikstan and Pakistan.

DATE OF INFO: November 11, 2001 Bizarre.

It's (expletive) freezing here. I'm sitting on hard, cold dirt between rocks and shrubs at the base of the Hindu Kush Mountains along the Dar 'yoi Pomir River watching a hole that leads to a tunnel that leads to a cave. Stake out, my friend, and no pizza delivery for thousands of miles.

I also glance at the area around my ass every ten to fifteen seconds to avoid another scorpion sting. I've actually given up battling the chiggers and sand fleas, but them (expletive) scorpions give a jolt like a cattle prod. Hurts like a bastard. The antidote tastes like transmission fluid but God bless the Marine Corps for the five vials of it in my pack.

The one truth the Taliban cannot escape is that, believe it or not, they are human beings, which means they have to eat food and drink water. That requires couriers and that's where an old bounty hunter like me comes in handy. I track the couriers, locate the tunnel entrances and storage facilities, type the info into the handheld, shoot the coordinates up to the satellite link that tells the air commanders where to drop the hardware, we bash some heads for a while, then I track and record the new movement. It's all about intelligence. We haven't even brought in the snipers yet. These scurrying rats have no idea what they're in for. We are but days away from cutting off supply lines and allowing the eradication to begin. I dream of bin Laden waking up to find me standing over him with my boot on his throat as I spit a bloody ear into his face and plunge my nickel plated Bowie knife through his frontal lobe. But you know me. I'm a romantic.

I've said it before and Ill say it again: This country blows, man. It's not even a country. There are no roads, there's no infrastructure, there's no government. This is an inhospitable, rockpit (expletive) ruled by eleventh century warring tribes. There are no jobs here like we know jobs. Afghanistan offers two ways for a man to support his family: join the opium trade or join the army. That's it. Those are your options. Oh, I forgot, you can also live in a refugee camp and eat plum-sweetened, crushed beetle that makes you squirt mud like a goose with stomach flu if that's your idea of a party. But the smell alone of those "tent cities of the walking dead" is enough to hurl you into the poppy fields to cheerfully scrape bulbs for eighteen hours a day.

And let me tell you something else. I've been living with these Tajiks and Uzbeks and Turkmen and even a couple of Pushtins for over a month and a half now and this much I can say for sure: These guys, all of em, are Huns. Actual, living Huns. They LIVE to fight. Its what they do. Its ALL they do. They have no respect for anything, not for their families or for each other or for themselves. They claw at one another as a way of life. They play polo with dead calves and force their five-year-old sons into human cockfights to defend the family honor. Huns, roaming packs of savage, heartless beasts who feed on each other's barbarism. (Expletive) cavemen with AK 47's.

Then again, maybe I'm just cranky. I'm freezing my (expletive) off on this stupid (expletive) hill because my lap warmer is running out of juice and I can't recharge it until the sun comes up in a few hours.

Oh yeah! You like to write letters, right? Do me a favor, Bizarre. Write a letter to CNN and tell Judy and Bernie and that awful, sneering, pompous Aaron Brown to stop calling the Taliban "smart." They are not smart. I suggest CNN invest in a dictionary because the word they are looking for is "cunning." The Taliban are cunning, like jackals and hyenas and wolverines. They are sneaky and ruthless and, when confronted, cowardly. They are hateful, malevolent parasites who create nothing and destroy everything else. Smart. Yeah, they're real smart. They've spent their entire lives reading only one book (and not a very good one, as books go) and consider hygiene and indoor plumbing to be products of the devil. They're still figuring out how to work a Bic lighter. Talking to a Taliban warrior about improving his quality of life is like trying to teach an ape how to hold a pen; eventually he just gets frustrated and sticks you in the eye with it.

OK, enough. Snuffle will be up soon so I have to get back to my hole. Covering my tracks in the snow takes a lot of practice but I'm getting good at it. Please tell my fellow Americans to turn off their TV sets and move on with their lives. The story line you are getting from CNN is utter (expletive) and designed not to deliver truth but rather to keep you glued to the screen through the commercials.

We've got this one under control. The worst thing you guys can do right now is sit around analyzing what we're doing over here because you have no idea what we're doing and, really, you don't want to know. We are your military and we are doing what you sent us here to do.

You wanna help? Buy some stocks, America.

Saucy Jack,
[Marine Force Recon]


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Country Salad with Herb Vinaigrette:

  • 1 head Romaine lettuce, washed and gently torn into bite-sized pieces
  • 2 cucumbers, sliced
  • 1 yellow pepper, sliced
  • 1/2 cup black olives
  • 2 ripe tomatoes, diced
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese


  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp. dried basil
  • 1 tsp. dried parsley
  • 1/2 tsp. dried tarragon
  • 1/2 tsp. dried chives
  • Salt and pepper to taste
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  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup milk
  • 4 Tbsp. butter, melted
  • 1 cup coconut, shredded
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 9-inch deep dish pie crust
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