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An advertising supplement to the Fort Carson Mountaineer, the Peterson Space Observer and the Schriever AFB Schriever Sentinel


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May 2011 Vol. 5 No. 3

Explore Colorado Surviving summertime gas prices Page 2 What Colorado summers have in store Page 3

Take a trip to Dragonmans Page 4

The Mountain Post pool is now open Page 5

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The Military Family

MAY 2011

Gas prices call for vacationing on a budget By Scott Prater CSMNG

There are plenty of mountain-getaway vacations a short distance from Colorado Springs

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Achieving your educational goals while serving your country is possible at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. We have an office at Ft. Carson, several degree and certificate programs offered at military bases, flexible on-line programs and a Military Learning Community. For more information about how we can assist you, please contact: Tonya Insani Veteran & Military Student Affairs 719.526.8066

Gasoline prices are already 25 percent higher this year compared to 2010 and the U.S. Energy Information Administration estimates that number could rise to 40 percent by midsummer. Higher gas prices mean families will likely end up spending more for vacation travel this summer. But, those who are thinking of canceling their much needed summer break should know opportunities exist for saving in other areas. “Obviously it’s expensive to travel right now,” said Christina Ruetz, community readiness consultant here. “But, people can fi nd things to do locally that can save them a lot of money, they just need to know what is out there and available for them to take advantage of.” As the manager for the personal fi nancial management program at Schriever’s Airman and Family Readiness Center, Ms. Ruetz advises military members and DoD civilians on budgeting matters. When discussing vacation planning, she typically covers such topics as planning, budgeting, site selection and discount programs. She also informs folks about some of the getaway destinations within a few hours’ drive of Colorado Springs. Take Farish Recreation Area for example. It sits roughly 30 miles west of Colorado Springs near the town of Woodland Park and is managed by the U.S. Air Force Academy. “Farish is a wonderful local resort getaway for military service members and their families,” Ms. Ruetz said. “It’s a recreation area so folks can hike, mountain bike, fish and camp there. People can rent a room in the lodge for as little as $45 a night (rooms sleep five) so for $90 you can spend a Friday and

Saturday night in a mountain getaway.” For people who prefer the comforts of home while on the road, the Armed Forces Vacation Club offers resort condominiums in Summit County, Colo. on a space-available basis. By planning ahead, Department of Defense personnel can book a two-bedroom condo for a weekly rate of $369. Great deals can also be found through the YMCA. “A lot of the time, our military members can get vacations for half price,” Ms. Ruetz said. “You just need to visit www. Often their amenities include food, lodging and use of the amenities of the grounds. They have several weekend retreat locations including Estes Park and Snow Mountain Ranch near the Winter Park ski area.” But, everyone is interested in the mountain experience or outdoor activities. Families looking to visit a destination resort can fi nd assistance and information through the Colorado R & R Office at the U.S. Air Force Academy. “They have discounted rates on lodging and activities for the military community in places like Lake Tahoe, Disney World and Vail,” Ms. Ruetz said. The Peterson Air Force Base Leisure Travel Office also offers assistance for military members looking to travel to destination resorts outside Colorado. Even with discounts galore and proper planning, the most thrift conscious traveler may still fi nd the prospect of a vacation to be beyond reach, and many folks get blindsided by unexpected expenses during their trips. Ms. Ruetz recommends people start by figuring out exactly what they can afford See Budget page 13

The Military Family

MAY 2011


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Colorado is a beautiful state, with its snowcapped mountains, red rocks, scenic lakes and evergreen trees. In addition to the scenery, the state is known for its summertime outdoor activities, such as biking, hiking, mountain climbing, rock-climbing, four-wheeling, off-roading, white-water raft ing and camping. Winter activities include downhill and cross country skiing, snowboarding, iceclimbing, snowmobilling and the like. Some military members have Colorado Springs military installations on their dream sheets because of the outdoor adventures available here. Other Soldiers, Airmen, Sailors, Marines and Canadians may arrive at their new duty station with no prior knowledge of the activities available. Don’t let time get away from you — before you know it, you’ll have permanent change of station orders and you won’t have visited some of the places on your bucket list. First, do some exploring to find out what Colorado has to offer. Read newspaper travel pages, go to the library and look at books or videos about Colorado or check out a travel guide on Colorado. Ask your co-workers or neighbors about their favorite Colorado places. And, of course, check the internet. Check in with Information, Tickets and Registration office at Fort Carson, 526-5366, the Information, Tickets and Tours office at Peterson Air Force Base, at 556-1760, Schriever Air Force Base, 567-6050 and the Air Force Academy, 333-4475. Stop by the Colorado Springs visitor bureau at 515 S. Cascade Ave. and pick up brochures about local attractions. Ask for “Key,” a monthly publication about Colorado attractions and events, with an emphasis on Denver. The visitor bureau should also have a free Colorado Springs Visitor Guide and a free Denver Visitor Guide. Stop in Manitou Springs Chamber of Commerce at 354 Manitou Ave., which has information about Manitou Springs attractions, maps and people to answer questions. Cripple Creek, a mining town from the 189Os, has an excellent Pikes Peak Heritage Center, shortly before entering the town, with first class historical exhibits. The world’s richest gold camp was in Cripple Creek, and there are museums, a working mine to visit as well as casinos. Lodging at Colorado attractions can be arranged at Colorado R&R, See Explore page 14

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Range fees for hand guns and long range rifles cost $10 for one person and $8 for each additional person in the group but patrons must provide their own equipment. Targets are available for an additional cost. There is also no membership cost associated with the bike park. A $10 fee buys an all-day riding pass. The paintball parks can be reserved for fourhour timeslots Tuesday-Thursday and walkins are accepted Friday-Sunday. If customers provide their own equipment, they can play for $12 per person. Renting equipment bumps field fees up to $24 per person but include a semi-automatic paintball gun, mask, 20-ounce CO2 tank and 100 rounds of paintballs. Dragonmans is also home to the Colorado Springs Historical Military Museum, a 48,000-square-foot operation that includes more than 90 tanks, trucks and halftracks. “I have one of the first trucks Dodge made for the Army,” Bernstein said. “They only made about 1,000 during World War I. It’s serial number 147.” Bernstein began collecting vehicles, weapons and military paraphernalia 29 years ago. “Things were a lot cheaper back then,” he said. A two-hour guided tour of the museum costs $10 per person. See Dragonman page 15

The Military Family

May 2011


The Mountain Post swimming pool is now open By Walt Johnson CSMNG

Few would argue that one of the best ways to get relief from summer heat is to take a swim, and one of the best places to do it is at the outdoor swimming facility at Fort Carson. Fort Carson’s Director of Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation has an outdoor swimming pool that is designed to offer swimming for any level or any need. The post outdoor pool has been a great way for military members to get relief from hot summer days or to have a good family outing according to Fort Carson officials. One of the highlights each summer or families at Fort Carson is the opening of the Olympic size pool, which offers a variety of programs. In addition to the programs the pool is one of the least expensive family outings available in this area. Admission is free for any active duty military member. Family member’s Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily fees are two dolMay 27 through Labor Day lars per visit and Call 526-3107 for nonmilitary people who are sponsored by a military person the fee is five dollars per visit. Some of the more popular programs available at the outdoor pool on the open swimming program, water survival training and pool parties. In addition the outdoor pool, the staff offers a watersurvival training course that will help people learn how to safely utilized pool and if necessary teach them how to swim. A popular aspect of the pool are the pool parties, which must be reserved, on Saturdays. In addition to the L-shaped 50 m or excise pool there are facilities available for children and dining. The outdoor pool has two diving boards, and there are wading pools that are perfect for parents that have children under the

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The Mountain Post swimming pool has a giant water slides and two diving boards. age of 3 who want to experience swimming fun. The pool also has a giant waterslide that is extremely popular with slumbers of any age. There is a snack bars, which is also available for private party rentals, you will find anywhere. Last year the post came up with a program that allows soldiers to also become lifeguards. Post officials felt it

was important to not only have a facility that was familyfriendly but also a facility that was safe. The post achieved its objective when soldiers volunteered to become part of the lifeguard staff and it became one of the best features for people using the facility and also gave the soldiers a great opportunity to stay fit to fight.

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USAF Academy A&FRC Class Schedule


Wednesday, 1 Jun — (0800 — 1230) Open to expectant Active Duty personnel/spouses. Learn budgeting for baby, nutrition, developmental play, and basic parenting skills. Eligible active duty personnel/spouse will receive a “bundle” of goodies provided by the AF Aid Society. Dads are encouraged to attend!


Thursday, 2 Jun — (0800 — 1200) Learn what questions to expect and how to best answer them, how to prepare your 30-second commercial, and formulate an interview preparation strategy. Conducted by a local area HR professional.



Individuals within 180 days of retirement or separation can have the DAV review their medical records. Must pre-register — call for an individual appointment.


Tuesday, 7 Jun — (0900 — 1000) One Stop Shop for relocation information — “Know Before You Go” — spouses are encouraged to attend. Great information about your specific destination base, allowances, Plan My Move, HHG shipment/ claims, and more.


Tuesday, 7 Jun — (1300 — 1600) Learn what you need to know about creating a federal resume for USAJOBS. Pre-requisite: must attend the USAFA A&FRC’s Civil Service class prior to attending this class.

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Wednesday, 8 Jun — (1130 — 1330) This workshop provides information for military personnel interested in beginning a second career in public education as a teacher. Come and learn how to make the transition into this rewarding career.


Thursday, 9 Jun — (1500 — 1600) One Stop Shop for relocation information — “Know Before You Go” — spouses are encouraged to attend. Great information about your specific destination base, allowances, Plan My Move, HHG shipment/ claims, and more.


Thursday, 9 Jun — (0900 — 1130) A free two and one half hour professional lecture for officers and senior enlisted who plan to leave the service in the next one to five years.

Spouses are cordially invited. Lecturer: Dan Koslov (Colonel, USAF Ret) — MOAA


Tuesday, 14 Jun — (0900 — 1000) One Stop Shop for relocation information — “Know Before You Go” — spouses are encouraged to attend. Receive great information about your specific destination base, allowances, Plan My Move, HHG shipment/claims, and more.


Wednesday, 15 Jun — (0900 — 1200) Learn to write an effective resume that will open the door to your next career opportunity. Learn different resume formats, how to best highlight your qualifications/experience, targeting your resume to specific jobs, and more.

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Thursday, 16 Jun — (0900 — 1600) Mandatory for all newcomers to USAFA. A variety of briefings from on/off base programs introducing newly arrived personnel and spouses to key personnel and resources. Held at the Milazzo Center.

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Thursday, 16 Jun — (0900 — 1200) Learn steps essential to establishing a small business; class conducted by SCORE. First of a five-part series of classes on small business start up & development.


Thursday, 16 Jun — (1200 — 1300) A different family life topic is presented and discussed each month to enhance your knowledge base. Come and join others to learn new ways to strengthen your family life skills.


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Sign up for one of the camp sessions below Week 1- Monday, June 13th to Friday, June 17th 9am to 12pm Week 1- Monday, June 13th to Friday, June 17th 1pm to 4pm Week 2- Monday, June 20th to Friday, June 24th 9am to 12pm Week 2- Monday, June 20th to Friday, June 24th 1pm to 4pm Week 3- Monday, June 27th to Friday, July 1st 9am to 12pm Week 3- Monday, June 27th to Friday, July 1st 1pm to 4pm

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Friday, 17 Jun — ( 0900 — 1300) Have you been married to a military member for less than 5 years? If so, this class will help you better understand the military way of life, finances/LES, acronyms/terminology, protocol/ chain of command, benefits and services available to you.


Friday, 24 Jun — (0800 — 1600) Individuals within 180 days of retirement or separation can have the DAV review their medical records. Must pre-register — call for an individual appointment.


Friday, 24 Jun — (0815 — 1430) This is an informative, fun-filled base tour that gives insight into the Academy’s mission and reveals most of the events/activities to see and do while stationed at the Air Force Academy. Stops include: USAFA Equestrian Center, Cadet Airfield, Arnold Hall, Cadet Area (Chapel), Arts & Crafts Center, Outdoor Recreation Center, and more. Ongoing Briefings:


Every Monday (except during TAP week) — (1400 — 1600) Mandatory for all Military personnel retiring/ separating. Spouses are welcome and encouraged to attend.


Pre-Deployment (Every Tuesday at 1100 & Thursday at 1400) Post-Deployment Briefings — By Appt — please call to schedule. Spouses are highly encouraged to attend these briefings.


Monday — Friday, 20 — 24 Jun — (0730 — 1630) Active duty military & DOD civilians who are separating or retiring from service are encouraged to attend — — spouses are welcome to register and attend. Recommended: Retiring — attend up to two years in advance; Separating — one year in advance.

Mandatory training for all USAFA personnel assigned to sponsor incoming (civ/mil) personnel. Training is now conducted online at — http:// — check with your CSS for details. Note: Class dates and times are subject to change — call in advance to confirm and register — 3333444/3445.

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Pre-Deployment briefings are mandatory for those deploying, remote/unaccompanied tour, or TDY for more than 30 days; spouses are welcome to attend. The briefing is held every Monday, 1pm-2pm. Must call 556-6141 to reserve a seat. Welcome Home! Peterson's Reintegration Briefing for all returning deployers. Held every Wednesday, 10am-noon. Attendees must be in uniform. Spouses welcome to attend.


Bundles for Babies: Calling all new parents! Discover how to budget for your new bundle of joy & other parenting tips. Held August 18th, 1pm-3pm. Investing Today: Learn the basics of investing your money wisely. August 9th, 2pm-4pm. Financial Planning: Teaches the ins and outs of basic financial planning. Learn how to pay yourself first. July 28th & August 25th, 9am-11am.

Right Start & Community Information Fair: Mandatory for all newcomers, military & civilian. Bring your spouse so you can get connected to the right agencies on- & off-base. Make this move the smoothest ever! Held 8am-1pm, July 6th & 19th, August 2nd & 16th, 2011.


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Heartlink: Designed specifically for new military spouses. Learn military lingo, how to read a LES and more. Lunch provided. August 4th 9am-1:30pm Exceptional Family Member Program-Family Support: Does one of your family members have special needs? Come & meet your EFMPFS Coordinator to learn about community resources which meet your needs. Join the Peterson AFB EFMP Facebook page. School Liaison Officer: Need help with schoolrelated issues? Contact your SLO. She is here to help you. Call 556-6141. Stay updated on all on & off-base community events. Join the Airman & Family Readiness Facebook page

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Garden of the Gods is a spectacular focal point of Colorado Springs and is always on the “not-to-be-missed” list of any visitor or resident. Open free to the public year round, Garden of the Gods covers 1,367 acres and is most noted for its magnificent towering redrock spires, created by millions of years of geologic and erosion activity. There are many activities to enjoy within the park: shopping, dining, hiking, biking, horseback riding, picnicking, rock climbing (permit required) and even weddings! The Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center is located just east of the park and offers an expansive view of the park with Pikes Peak as a stunning backdrop. At the Nature Center, you can learn about “how those red rocks got there” in the new HD multi-media presentation. Enjoy lunch in the cafe and find beautiful souvenirs in the two gift shops. In the park, be sure to stop by the Garden of the Gods Trading Post, one of the largest southwestern galleries and souvenir shops in the area. The Trading Post also offers “rock hunting” for the kids, a cafe and a coffee bar. How the park got its name is an interesting story: It was August of 1859 when two surveyors started out from Denver City to begin a townsite, soon to be called Colorado City. While exploring nearby locations, they came upon a beautiful area of sandstone formations. M. S. Beach, who related this incident, suggested that it would be a “capital place for a beer garden” when the country grew up. His companion, Rufus Cable, a “young and poetic man”, exclaimed, “Beer Garden! Why it is a fit place for the Gods to assemble. We will call it the Garden of the Gods.” It has been so called ever since.

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Pioneers Museum The Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum offers a rewarding and enjoyable experience for people of all ages and interests. A visit provides a look into the spirit, past and present, of the city. Housed in the beautifully restored 1903 El Paso County Courthouse, the museum portrays the history and culture of the Pikes Peak region through exhibits emphasizing the unique character of this uncommon Front Range community. As the focal point of the city’s thriving downtown, the CSPM draws thousands of visitors to the area each year. The CSPM is open year-round. Admission is FREE. The CSPM has over 60,000 objects in its permanent collection including nationally significant collections of quilts, Van Briggle art pottery, and the finest regional art collection in the state of Colorado. The Native American collection includes hundreds of items representative of the Ute, Cheyenne and Arapahoe cultures. Other collections relate to the founding of the City, the area’s mining and agricultural history, its early prominence as a health resort, and its more recent significance as a center for military training and operations.

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Budget: Colorado getaway From page 2 to spend well in advance and even creating a travel savings account where money is set aside every month specifically for the trip. “From that amount, people need to divide their total planned expenditure into categories like hotel, food, transportation, entertainment and miscellaneous expenses,” she said. “A lot of times you need to be flexible with your dates, but planning ahead gives you the potential of saving the most.” For more information about Farish

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Recreation Area visit www.usafaservices. com/orc/farish.htm. People interested in obtaining more information about destination travel can contact The Colorado R & R Office at USAFA at www.coloradorandr. com or call 333-7367, or the Peterson Air Force Base Leisure Travel Office at 556-2116 or To find out more about the Armed Forces Vacation Club, visitwww. To sign up for bi-weekly financial management classes, contact the Schriever Airman and Family Readiness Center at 567-3920.

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Explore: Plenty to see, do From page 3 333-7367 or http:// See what discount tickets are available or trips that might be scheduled. Pick up some travel brochures of Colorado places to visit and ask about discount tickets for Colorado attractions.

The Air Force Academy has a mountain resort, Farish Recreation Area, which can be used by active duty members of all services. The 650-acre site is near Woodland Park, at an elevation of 9,000 feet. Summer activities include mountain biking, fishing, hiking and camping. In the winter, outdoor activities are available, such as cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and sledding. Farish also has lodging and three beautiful lakes. Find information about Farish at http//www. or call 687-9098. Drop by the outdoor recreation office on one of the military installations; perhaps it’s registration time for a white-water rafting, mountain biking, climbing or kayaking trip. Talk with the guides and ask for suggestions about Colorado places to fish or camp. Fishing is allowed at the Academy and Fort Carson — ask at Outdoor Rec about fishing licenses and rules. Check on rental equipment — chances

are, anything needed for an outdoor activity is available to rent, from boats to tents; from grills to volley ball sets, even fishing tackle. If history is an interest, Colorado has a storied history, from the Native Americans who lived here for centuries to the fur trappers in the 1840s and trading posts from that era. The influx of pioneers and gold seekers, gold mining, the expansion of railroads, statehood, century-old luxurious hotels, cog railways and castles all played a part in Colorado’s history. There are 54 peaks or “fourteeners” to climb (mountains higher than 14,000 feet), hot springs to swim in, restored trains to ride, lakes for boating and fishing, 42 Colorado State Parks and 12 national parks, skating rinks, Division II football half an hour away and first-class Colorado College or Air Force Academy hockey. Southern Colorado has the tallest sand dunes in the nation, the Molly Kathleen Mine takes visitors 1,000 feet below ground and the cog railway takes riders to the top of 1,410 feet high Pikes Peak. Hundreds of dinosaur bones are embedded in rock can be viewed at Dinosaur. There are mountain peaks that

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are snow-covered year-round and some peaks with small glaciers. Unusual rock formations are in the Colorado National Monument near Grand Junction, the red rocks of the Garden of the Gods park and the Red Rocks amphitheater near Morrison. The Grand Mesa is a mountain with a flat top, and there’s the Blue Mesa Reservoir, the Black Canyon of the Gunnison and the Royal Gorge and the

world’s highest suspended bridge. Mesa Verde has cliff dwellings used by the Anasazi, the Pony Express started in Julesburg, Buffalo Bill is buried in Golden and there are four national forests. Depending on your interests, here are some other places to see: Denver has two amusement parks — Elitch Gardens and Lakeside. Elitch Gardens also has a water park that’s open in summer and Waterworld in the Denver area is one of the best water parks in America. There are speedways, balloon festivals, rodeos and a race up Pikes Peak. There are museums all over the state, from money museums to mining museums; a jail museum and a prison museum. There’s a museum of miniatures and Buffalo Bill’s museum, a ski museum and the Koshare Indian Museum. A first-class museum of natural history is in Denver, as well as a nationally known art museum. There’s an alligator farm, a motorcycle museum , Santa’s Workshop amusement park,

three zoos, including one on a mountain, a dinosaur museum, a fossil monument, two aircraft museums, a couple of automobile museums, a Victorian house museum, opera house museums, mining towns, Centennial village, and an Old Town museum depicting the early 1900s. Many counties have fairs, and the state of Colorado holds its state fair in Pueblo the last part of August through Labor Day each year. There are major league football and baseball teams, professional basketball team and hockey and soccer teams, as well as Triple A baseball. Colorado Springs has an art museum, a Ghost Town museum, a Victorian-era resort town with several mineral springs, a five-star hotel which will host the U.S. Women’s Open in July on one of its three golf courses. There are many golf courses in Colorado as well as Silver Spruce at Peterson Air Force Base, Fort Carson’s Cheyenne Shadows and the Air Force Academy’s Eisenhower Blue and Silver courses. Colorado has wineries, peach and apple orchards, peach festivals, strawberry festivals, a chile festival, balloon festivals, blues and barbecue festivals, a fruit cake toss, Territory Days, Festival of Mountain and Plain, bluegrass festivals, music festivals, film festivals, arts festivals, music festivals, wild mushroom festivals, jazz festivals, Scottish festivals, Octoberfests, renaissance festivals, ice festivals, blossom festivals, crane festivals, an Irish festival, a Shakespeare festival, a wildflower festival, a corn festival and wine festivals. So, get started on that bucket list. Orders for the next assignment will be here before you know it. And you can smile knowingly when you inevitably hear someone say “There’s nothing to do around here.”

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Visitors to Dragonmans complex can fire automatic and semi-automatic weapons.

Dragonman From page 4 When the Dragonman isn’t working in the museum or working on his ranges, he builds custom bikes and hotrods. In his free time, he tinkers with creations of his own — a homemade flamethrower, an attack vehicle with twin M50 electrically operated machine guns and a mounted M60 machine gun, as well as a motorcycle with a custom-made dragon head that spits fire. “That’s how I got my name,” Bernstein said. “I built that in 1967 after I got out of the service. I would ride my dragon bike around and people would point and say, ‘There goes the Dragonman.’” Bernstein also owns and sells hundreds of guns and rifles. “I’m the most armed man in Colorado,” said Bernstein, who holds six weapons permits including a destructive device permit. “Everything is legal in Colorado with the right paperwork.” Bernstein said he’s living out his childhood dreams on his land east of Colorado Springs. “I’ve always been interested in things like this,” he said. “I took a big chance. I did it. It worked. When I moved here we didn’t have water for the first two months. Our phone number was long distance (from Colorado Springs).” Bernstein said the last three decades have had good and bad times. “The first two years we could hardly get anybody out here,” he said. “These last two years have been the best we’ve ever had.” Bernstein said he and his wife, Terry, are more than happy with their decision to leave New York and build Bernstein’s “adult playground.”

If you go … Dragonmans 1200 Dragon Man Drive (eight miles east of Colorado Springs off of Highway 94) Colorado Springs, CO 80929 719-683-2200 Hours: Paintball: Tuesday through Thursday by reservation only with a deposit. Friday: 10 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Saturday-Sunday: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Shooting ranges: Open Tuesday-Sunday: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Bike Park: Open Tuesday-Sunday: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. “I’m living my dream,” Bernstein said. “How many people can say that? I’m a high school dropout. My principal told my mother when I was 15 that I would never amount to anything. I wish he was still alive so he could see me now.” Dragonmans sees hundreds of visitors every weekend, Bernstein said. “On Saturdays and Sundays we’ll see 90-plus people on the paintball fields,” he said. “On (Mother’s Day) we had over 200 and all the mom’s got to shoot for free.” Bernstein hopes to expand his enterprise further. “I’m working on buying another 40 acres,” he said. “Maybe I’ll open a drag strip or a race track.” A Vietnam veteran, Bernstein says he gives military discounts and caters to service members and their families. “I like the soldiers and I treat them all good,” he said.

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