Science Experiment

We are going to take a trip back in time for this.  Not too distant.  Only 2014.  For this trip we drove from our home in Michigan to Colorado.  One of our excursions took us to the top of Pike’s Peak via the Pikes Peak Cog Railway (I will try to post a link to a video for the cog railway at the bottom).  I wanted to conduct a small experiment for my 12 yr old son on effects of pressure.  The top of Pike’s Peak is 14,115 ft.  Our home is 627 ft.

While at the top of Pike’s Peak I drank half a bottle of water and sealed the lid tight.  The reason I only drank half the bottle was to allow for the compression I knew would take place on the way back.  I kept this bottle sealed for the remainder of the trip and the drive back to Michigan.  Below is the result of the pressure difference between 14,115 ft and 627 ft.


As promised, here is a link to a video of the Pike’s Peak Cog Railway.  We have ridden this many times and enjoyed each time.


Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation

My son and I visited Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation in Dearborn, MI.  Our parents would take us kids to the Henry Ford Museum and the adjoining Greenfield Village nearly every year when we lived a short drive away.  Seems I remember the museum being bigger when I was a kid.  Then again, many things seem bigger remembered through a child’s eyes.

Check out the planes, trains and automobiles, steam powered manufacturing, a history of agricultural equipment and much more when you visit.  Should you plan to visit both the museum and village I would recommend one day for each.


A new chapter for the Roaming Troll

One’s destination is never a place, but always a new way of seeing things. – Henry Miller

Kissing Camels rock formation in Garden of the Gods Park, Colorado Springs.  If you look in the upper right corner of the formation you will see what appears to be two camels kissing.  There are vantage points that make this more recognizable as two camels.  Photo taken during a trip in 2014.


No doubt you noticed a change if you are returning to  We are transitioning to share our travels and food we discover.  Some of the food may even be what we make ourselves.

In this photo we are dining at one of our favorite Italian restaurants, Buca di Beppo.  Our first experience with this national chain was in Colorado Springs after it opened in 2001.  While we have since moved and that location has closed we still enjoy other locations.

Their servings are family size.  Pictured at our table is their spaghetti with meat sauce and ravioli al pomodoro.  Sound like a restaurant you might want to try?  Find a location.