Valentine’s Day 2014 – a visit to the annual Cripple Creek Ice Sculpture Festival. Cripple Creek is a small mining town just southwest of Colorado Springs. With the recent increases in gold prices in the last 10 years or so, the mining operation here has greatly increased in size. But, the town of Cripple Creek has been transformed from a mere mining ghost town from the late 1800′s to a destination casino mountain town. Just a few miles down the road is Victor Colorado, the home town of writer, broadcaster and world, traveler Lowell Thomas. The area has many festivals and events throughout the year. Probably the best reason of all to go to this beautiful part of Colorado is the many great photographic opportunities.