Garden of the Gods is in Colorado Springs, which is about an hour's drive from our home. It's one of the most beautiful places I've ever been, and it's completely free to go. You can drive through it, hike through it, or even get a permit to climb some of the stronger formations. I'm not a climber, but I go to Garden of the Gods every few years or so to hike through and enjoy the beauty.
Andrew and I had a friend's wedding to attend yesterday, so we decided to take Oliver and make a weekend of the trip. First thing this morning, we packed our things and drove to the park. It opens at 5am, and we were there well before 8am. The sun was still low in the sky, and it cast beautiful shadows over the rock formations. It was also chillier than we expected. Not having packed a coat, we grabbed Oliver's blanket to keep him warm during our hike.
I originally created this blog as a travel journal for my backpacking trip in Europe in May of 2006. Using the blog was such a positive experience--it became a log of my itinerary and allowed friends and family to follow me on my travels--that I decided to keep it going. My vacationing experience has evolved from traveling with friends to traveling with my husband to traveling with our children. I hope you enjoy reading about my travels, and please feel free to email me with any questions.... full info