Sunday, January 6, 2013

Garden Of The Gods

Garden Of The Gods. It's one of those places we always had on our "list" but never actually visited...until now.

My mom was visiting from Texas and we were trying to think of some places to take her. Mr. LH suggested Garden Of The Gods. The park was given to the city of Colorado Springs in 1909 by the children of railroad magnate Charles Elliot Perkins, in fulfillment of his wish that it be kept forever open and free to the public. So here it is, 2013, still open and free to the public. Approximately 1,700,000 people visit the park every year.

The weather had warmed up nicely from its sub-zero temperatures a few days earlier. The sun was shining. Garden Of The Gods was on our "list" of places to see. It was free.

There was no reason we shouldn't go.

It's a beautiful scenic drive down I-25 from Denver toward Colorado Springs. It's the farthest south we've traveled so far in the state and I hope we can visit the area many more times in the future. Colorado Springs has so many places to visit and things to do.

Finding the park was easy. There are signs on and off the highway directing you straight to the park. We stopped at the welcome center where we found a park map. The Girl explored the gift store...

and The Boy took in the view...

Of course we had to get a smooshed penny for our collection...

We always wind up with two because the "Pickles" can never decide which one they want.

We came across a guy with a telescope letting people get a glimpse of the flares coming off the sun.

He was gracious enough to let me attempt to take a photo through the telescope (it was much harder to do than I thought it would be).

Garden of the Gods is a park...just a park...

with rock formations...lots of rock formations...

We hiked. We climbed. We breathed in the fresh air and took countless photos of rocks.

It's a really fascinating place.

It's hard to put into words just how great Garden Of The Gods really is. Even in January. It's one of those places you have to see to believe.

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