This website documents the many travels and adventures of the Luciano Family in Colorado, the U.S. Southwest, Italy, etc.
The Luciano Family
June 17, 2018 - Holt's First Birthday and coincidentally Father's Day (Grampy [Joe Ralph "Papa"] Luciano, Grammy [Cathy Ann "Mama"] Luciano, Holt Raphael Luciano, Daddy [Joe Andrew "Figlio"] Luciano and Mommy [Amanda Holt "Figlia"] Luciano)
The Luciano Family Adventures:
Updated as of: October 17, 2021 3:00pm MT (Arranged Newest to Oldest)
We go to Grand Junction, Colorado for a 4-night R&R stay and have dinners at some great local restaurants, enjoy the wine tasting and tour of Two Rivers Winery and Chateau, have a special lavender based drink at Highlands Distillery, tour the spectacular Colorado National Monument, and take in the astounding peak Fall colors of Colorado during the 6 hour drive to and from Grand Junction.
Consists of 130 pictures (including 15 panoramas) in 1 slide show and 6 videos
Grammy and Grampy take Holt to Buena Vista for a 4-night stay and go to the Mt. Princeton Hot Springs and Spa, and take the scenic 2 1/2 hour train ride from Leadville.
Consists of 45 pictures (including 7 panoramas) in 1 slide show and 10 videos
A limited mini-series of 14 video episodes and 5 stills. Will Holt keep his job as sous chef? Do you cook ice cream before you freeze it? Will it be chocolate or vanilla? Will the ice cream be ready for dessert after lunch?
Consists of 5 pictures in 1 slide show and 14 videos
Cathy and Joe R. try again (and succeed) for a 5-night stay (June 2nd-6th) at the rental house in Buena Vista, Colorado. This time we are joined for 2-nights by Joe A., Amanda and Holt - our first vacation all together away from home. We all get to enjoy the hot springs at Mt. Princeton Hot Springs Resort. After Joe A., Amanda and Holt leave, Cathy and Joe R. visit and explore the ghost town of St. Elmo, the best preserved ghost town in Colorado and take the drive to the summit of Cottonwood Pass at 12,126 feet altitude and then visit the Buena Vista Depot Transportation Museum.
Consists of 125 pictures in 4 slide shows and 8 videos
Aunt Bernadette and Aunt Rosemarie came from Central New York to visit Holt (and maybe us too) in Colorado Springs from May 18-21, about a month before his 4th birthday on June 17th. We have a family dinner at Joe A., Amanda and Holt's house, we go to the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo here in Colorado Springs and Grammy and Grampy took the Aunts on a scenic drive to the town of Breckenridge, driving over three Rocky Mountain Passes.
Consists of 20 pictures in 1 slide show and 5 videos
Cathy and Joe R. take an R&R trip to the small town of Buena Vista, Colorado. What was supposed to be a 5-night stay at a rental house, was cut short to 2-nights due to an impending severe winter storm.
Consists of 36 pictures in 1 slide show and 1 video
We take a 4-day R&R trip to the small Colorado towns of Silver Cliff and Westcliffe, each with a population of about 500
and both designated as International Dark Sky Community.
Consists of 78 pictures in 1 slide show.and 2 videos
With tremendous thanks to Joe and Amanda for this wonderful early 50th Anniversary (July 12, 2019) gift,
we get some much needed house renovations - new exterior painting and new interior flooring.
Consists of 18 pictures in 1 slide show.
Joe A. drives the five of us (Cathy, Joe R., Amanda, Joe A., and Holt) in his all-electric Tesla Model S on our first major
family trip to the summit of Mt. Evans (14,264 ft.).
Consists of 80 pictures in 1 slide show.
Cathy, Joe R., Amanda, Joe A., Holt and Zeus walked from Joe and Amanda's house (about 1/2 mile) to Old Colorado City.
to see the 2018 Old Colorado City Customs and Classics Car Show. There were 450 beautiful and interesting cars on display
along the closed off Colorado Ave., the main street. The weather was just gorgeous and comfortable.
Consists of 50 pictures in 1 slide show.
All of the wedding pictures we have taken are now consolidated in this section.
As we take more wedding pictures in the future, they will be added to this section.
Our most recent addition is the wedding of:
Bailey & Matt - July 14, 2018.
The chronological history of our involvement in the "Microcomputer" (now "Personal Computer") industry
with descriptions and links to newspaper and magazine articles and ads.
Consists of pictures, descriptions and links.
Wedding Photo Album
The story of Joe & Amanda's wedding as told in slide shows consisting of
seleted photos from 10 photographers and over 2,500 original images (whittled down to a mere 311).
Consists of 311 pictures in 5 slide shows.
We attend the IUFOC in Scottsdale, AZ. It is the largest UFO conference in the world.
There we meet with Jim Penniston and John Burroughs, witnesses to the RFI (Rendlesham Forest Incicent) of Dec. 1980 in Suffolk, UK.
Consists of 52 pictures in 1 slide show.
In May 2009, Joe A. and his co-worker, Jared, decided to hike the Manitou Springs Incline every Friday
morning to exercise their bodies and Joe's new Nikon D60 camera.
Includes 1 slide show of 28 pictures.
In April 2009, Cathy flew to Syracuse, NY to visit with our friend Lorraine, her family in Rome, NY, and to take a bus trip for a two-day
visit to New York City, which included a bus tour of the City, taking in a Broadway play, and a game at the new Yankee Stadium.
Includes 1 slide show of 39 pictures.
After visiting the Colorado wolf and Wildlife center on February 14th, Cathy, Joe R., Joe A, and Jesse (Joe's friend). we drove to
Cripple Creek, Colorado to view the annual Cripple Creek Ice Festival. There were some very elaborate and fantastical sculptures in ice
displayed on Main Street.
Includes 1 slide show of 30 pictures.
On February 14th, Cathy, Joe R., Joe A, and Jesse (Joe's friend). took a day trip to visit the Colorado Wolf & Wildlife Center
where they shelter rescued wolves, foxes and coyotes. We took a guided tour and got to view the animals close up in their spacious enclosures.
Includes 7 slide shows with a total of 66 pictures.
On January 30th, Cathy, Joe R. and Joe A. took a day trip to visit the quaint ski town of Breckenridge, Colorado
to see the beautiful and amazing snow sculptures.
Includes a slide show with a total of 84 pictures.
On January 19-21, Joe A. visited Washington D.C. to witness the 2009 Presidential Inauguration of
Barack Obama - our first African American President. It was an historic and thrilling experience.
Includes 3 slide shows with a total of 125 pictures and 2 videos.
On October 9, 2008, our 2 1/2 year old 61-inch Samsung DLP HDTV died.After determining the problem
to be a shattered color wheel, Joe and I bravely embark on the adventure of doing the removal
and replacement ourselves. See the story and slide show of our high-tech repair job.
Includes 1 slide show with a total of 24 pictures.
The excellent adventures of Cathy and Joe on our most fabulous Alaskan Cruise!
Come with us and experience Alaska and the Alaskan Inside Passage via a travelogue (on the Slide Shows Menu Page),
slide shows and videos. We will see the gorgeous Alaskan mountain and coastal scenery, quaint Gold Rush era towns,
glaciers, and some wildlife (Bald Eagles, Seagulls, and Salmon).
Includes 9 slide shows with a total of 498 pictures (including panoramics), and 8 videos.
Over labor Weekend, we traveled to the San Luis Valley with our son Joe and his girlfriend Jesse. The Valley is located
Southwest of Colorado Springs. We stayed at Crestone, Colorado. and attended the 19th Annual Crestone Energy and Sustainability Fair.
We would also see a Tibetan Memorial Park, visit the Shumei International Institute, and the Buddhist Stupa of Enlighenment.
We traveled to Hooper, Colorado. to visit the UFO Watch Tower. Just outside of Hooper we stopped to see the wonderment
of The Great Sand Dunes National Park.
Includes 8 slide shows with a total of 198 pictures including panoramics.
We tour some very scenic parts of northeast Utah, southern Idaho and southwest Colorado with Jimmy & Flo.
You will see Bear Lake, Logan Canyon and the American West Heritage Center in Utah, then a visit to
the Oregon/California Trail Center, and scenic environs in Idaho, and then we take the Durango and Silverton
Narrow Gauge Railroad up through the Rocky Mountains in Colorado.
Includes 3 slide shows with a total of 101 pictures including panoramics.
Spectacular pictures of the 2004 34th Annual Lone Feather Council Pow Wow on the grounds of Rock Ledge Ranch
just outside of Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs.
Consists of 130 pictures in 5 slide shows.
Our latest trip to Santa Fe, New Mexico and environs. New Mexico is truly the "Land of Enchantment", which is why we keep returning. We went this time with the intention of focusing our photos on the smaller cultural and architectural detail, but we were so overwhelemed by the fabulous deep blue skies and dramatic clouds, that we couldn't resist taking many landscape photos as well. We also have 2 new techniques that we are trying for the first time and are very excited about: an INTERACTIVE Panorama of the landscape at Ghost Ranch, and three "3D Animated Object Photos" of the Native American art works we acquired on this trip.
Consists of 156 photos (including panoramas) with slide shows, plus one INTERACTIVE Panorama and three "3D Animated Object Photos".
See our trip to the Black Hills of South Dakota with Jen Sweezey. The main objective and the highlight of this trip was to take part in the annual 6-mile roundtrip Volksmarch up Crazy Horse Memorial. Once a year, the public can hike up the Memorial and stand on the outstretched arm of Crazy Horse. We also toured Badlands National Park where Joe and Jen took a couple of 2-hour hikes on trails through the park. Their hiking enthusiasm continued in Custer State Park, as well as Jewel Cave National Monument.
Consists of 211 photos (including panoramas) with slide shows.
We travel 2 1/2 hours northwest to visit the wonderfully quaint, historical and snowy Breckenridge, Colorado. Famous for its ski resorts, Breckenridge hosts the annual Internationl Snow Sculpture Championship, attracting snow sculptors from all over the world.
Consists of 20 photos with a slide show.
We visit the wonderfully quaint, historical and artful Santa Fe, New Mexico. With a heavy Native American and Spanish influence, Santa Fe is filled with unique shops, art galleries, museums, and adobe, adobe, adobe! In addition to downtown Santa Fe, we took side trips to Bandelier National Monument, and San Ildefonso Pueblo, with a special and treasured visit to the studio/home of the potter, Juan Tafoya.
Consists of 217 photos (including panoramas) with slide shows.
We were very graciously invited to visit the studio/home of the potter and artist, Juan Tafoya, on the San Ildefonso Pueblo. We spent several hours visiting and talking with him, and witnessed and photographed the firing of some of his famous black-on-black pottery.
Consists of 66 photos with slide shows.
Our cross-country road trip back East with Jen Sweezey to visit family and friends,
and do some sightseeing. See our touring of the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, MO,
Niagara Falls, Canada, Cooperstown, NY and the National Baseball Hall of Fame,
the Finger Lakes region and wine country in Central NY, Alexandria Bay, NY and
The Thousand Islands of the St. Lawrence River, the "Field of Dreams" movie site
in Dyersville, Iowa, the Badlands, Wall Drug, Mt. Rushmore, and Crazy Horse Memorial
in South Dakota.
Consists of 364 photos (including panoramas & animations) with slide shows.
See our touring of Focus on the Family, Garden of the Gods, the Denver Capitol Building,
the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Rocky Mountain National Park,
the Manitou Cliff Dwellings, the U.S. Air Force Academy, Flying W Ranch,
Joe's Dorm at U.C.C.S., the Broadmoor Hotel, Cripple Creek,
Royal Gorge Park (the highest suspension bridge in the world),
and the drive up Pikes Peak Highway including the summit - 14,110 feet.
Consists of 83 photos with slide shows.
See our touring of the U.S. Air Force Academy, the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park,
Rocky Mountain National Park, the Manitou Cliff Dwellings, Flying W Ranch,
Royal Gorge Park (the highest suspension bridge in the world), Garden of the Gods,
and the drive up Pikes Peak Highway including the summit - 14,110 feet.
Wildlife shots of marmots, and clarke's nutcrackers.
Consists of 71 photos with slide shows.
Our nephew, Robert James "RJ" Riggleman, and Grandma Szczesniak's visit in July 2000.
See our touring of Rocky Mountain National Park, Pikes Peak Hill Climb Race Car Museum,
U.S. Air Force Academy, Garden of the Gods, Flying W Ranch, Lone Feather Pow Wow,
Cripple Creak, Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine, U.S. Olympic Training Center, and Manitou Cliff Dwellings.
Wildlife shots of marmots, clarke's nutcrackers, chipmunk, and bull elk.
Consists of 98 photos with slide shows.
The Pow Wow of the Lone Feather Council on July 15, 2000 at the Fort Carson Field House in Colorado Springs.
See beautiful, colorful pictures of the Native American dancers.
Consists of 30 photos with a slide show.
The Air Force vs Army football game on November 6, 1999, including photos of the air show,
stadium, and game. Also, photos of the USAFA grounds and various aircraft.
Consists of 24 photos, slide shows, maps, and links to the USAFA home page and web cam.
Our tour of Italy in June 1999, including: Rome, The Vatican, Pompeii, Sorrento,
Capri, Assisi, Ravena, Venice, Burano, Pisa, Florence, and Siena.
Consists of 142 photos, slide shows, itinerary, narrative travelogue, and tour map.