Bucket List Anyone?

When I first moved to Colorado Springs I found it to be quite the shock.  It was all dry and warm (but not hot) and really REALLY brown. (I didn’t know it at the time but it was a high mountainous desert) There were these little white things floating through the air that I thought were dandelion flowers but turns out they were from cottonwood trees. It was pretty actually now that I think about it.  We took a drive south down I-25 to the southern end of the Springs.  It was then that I first discovered this little patch of red rock sitting on the side of a dark mountain.  I became obsessed with figuring out what that was.  I wanted to go there.

Eventually I did.  I got in the car one weekend with my family and headed west in search for the patch of red rocks. DSC00047This is when I knew I was getting close.  Yes I know it’s a pretty picture but hard to see… no worries, I took more photos lolDSC00048Turns out those red rocks belonged to the Garden of the Gods.  DSC00040I’ve posted a lot of photos of this place over the years.  If I could recommend one place to see in the states before you die, it would definitely be this place.  If you like to hike, you’ll love this place.  Lots of trails lots of range.  One piece of advice though, that red is also in this fine sand that finds its way into your shoes and it’s highly irritating, so wear some really good hiking shoes and take extra socks.  The first time I went out there I did the trails in sneakers and that sand rubbed my feet almost raw.  Anyway…

Before we investigated the rocks and the trails I stopped for a few photos.  DSC00044I still don’t know what these bushes are.  But they were very pretty.  Sorry about the photo quality, I had a dinky little camera back then that wasn’t good at macro.

Of all the places I discovered while living in Colorado, this is still by far my favorite.  I have years of photos of it and I am always finding a couple here or there that I haven’t shared with you.  So even though I haven’t lived out there in over a year now I still share them when I find them.  That’s all for today, it’s getting late and I have things to do.

BFN!

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31 thoughts on “Bucket List Anyone?

  1. As a fellow Springs family, we certainly share your appreciation of the place. With apologies to Venice and the Italian Alps, we can’t think of a place with more natural beauty than the Rockies. It’s easy to get spoiled looking out the window here…

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  2. Love your photos ! Can’t decide between the butterflies on the yellow or the rock formations. I went to South Dakota last fall – saw Rushmore and the Badlands – your post of northeast territories makes me want more!

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  3. Beautiful!! We have a Garden of the Gods in my area too (I live in Western Ky, but it’s in So. Illinois). And we too have the little white floaty things from cottonwood trees. Absolutely breathtaking! In a forest type setting, they look like little faeries! We went fishing by the river this past summer and they were everywhere!

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    1. You know, 7 falls was always on my list. I had the worse timing with that place and never got to see it. We wen’t out there like 4 times. The weather would be perfect, not to hot, not to cold down in the springs but it would always be raining up on the falls and the people at the guard shack wouldn’t let us up.

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      1. I think I got lucky – we went on a whim 2 years ago – had great weather & less than a week later cars were washing of the road in thunderstorms. The canyon with the falls is a somewhat claustrophobic box canyon – not where I’d like to be in a heavy storm, but worth the trip if you can get the weather to cooperate. 🙂

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        1. I used to look at photos online, especially at the holiday season when they light the falls. I always wanted to go, but cold in the Springs had to equate to snow on the falls and I didn’t want to climb those stairs in the snow either lol

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  4. My family took a trip when I was very young to Garden of the Gods. I still have a tiny turquoise ring and quite vivid memories of the trip. Beautiful place!

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