Road Trippin’ Colorado Style

So already on Day 1 there has been ballooning, hiking and a dinner on top of a mountain! Was pretty excited to see what Day 2 of my long weekend in Colorado would bring!

I got to sleep in a bit! (Which was so nice… I actually slept…AND I woke up feeling a lot better…looks like my body was adjusting to the altitude.) We did a bit of running around, dropped Ro off at doggie daycare…and then headed south to Colorado Springs!

Colorado Springs—were random deer run across the street to do their Sunday shopping at the grocery store?

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We had to stop in to pick up Keenan’s race bib for the marathon tomorrow. The pick up was this really cool brewery… it was an old school that had been converted!

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SO MUCH FUN…. we had already had lunch…or we would have stopped in the cafe for what looked like awesome food! colorado-springs_0020

Originally an elementary school built in 1916, Ivywild School was closed in 2009. It was shortly thereafter that the wheels started turning and the idea to move the 18-year old Bristol Brewery over to the space, along with a bakery, espresso/cocktail bar, delicatessen and office space, started to take shape. It was a unique and bold proposition that would take years of planning and a lot of great minds to achieve but it was just what the neighbourhood needed. {Source}

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Next up…. when in Colorado Springs you definitely need to go visit the Garden of the Gods! colorado-springs_0004

The Garden of the Gods has been designated as a National Natural Landmark. The Park is a unique biological melting pot where the grasslands of the Great Plains meet the pinon-juniper woodlands characteristic of the American Southwest, and merge with the mountain forest of the 14,115-foot Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain. The 300 million years of geological history of the Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs reveal one of the most extensive pictures of earth history found anywhere in the United States. It is a true geological wonder. {Source}

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So why was it named the “Garden of the Gods”?

In August, 1859, two surveyors started out from Denver to begin a town site called Colorado City. While exploring locations, they came upon a beautiful area of sandstone formations. M.S. Beach suggested that it would be “a capital place for a beer garden,” when the country grew up. His companion, Rufus Cable, exclaimed, “Beer Garden! Why it is a fit place for the Gods to assemble. We will call it the Garden of the Gods.” The name stuck. {Source}

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It was so gorgeous…like breath taking awesome… we ended up here about mid-afternoon; with probably EVERYONE else that was in Colorado Springs! (Yahoo for long weekends… and people…but why not visit the most gorgeous spot on a long weekend?) colorado-springs_0005

We didn’t let the crowds stop us…but we decided to only stop at the ‘balanced rock’….
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Hence all the ‘from’ the car shots… with the car roof in the bottom. (I may or may not have been wearing my seatbelt…and may or may not have been stretching my hand out a window.. and randomly snapping photos… ) colorado-springs_0006

…and sometimes that drive-by shooting turns out pretty darn perfect! colorado-springs_0008 colorado-springs_0009

Just enjoying the ‘Balanced Rock’ with a few of our new friends…. colorado-springs_0010

In the 1890s, photographer Paul Goerke shrewdly purchased the land around Balanced Rock. Goerke and his son, Curt, snapped photos of tourists for .25 cents each. The Goerkes then developed the plates in their shop at Steamboat Rock.  They use to take photos of people in front of the balanced rock, he brought donkeys for them to sit on.
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Keenan managed to get the got-the-whole-holding-up-the-rock pose a lot better than I did!!!
colorado-springs_0011 What do do next? We decided to go check out the “Cliff Dwelling Museum”… about 5 miles west of Manitou Springs.
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After escaping the gift shop that was like a maze…many different levels, random rooms and never seemed to end! We went to walk through the cliff dwellings.
colorado-springs_0013 This site is a privately owned site.
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The history of the site was a wee bit lacking at the museum–or maybe we didn’t really take the time to read all of the history!
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RELOCATING THE CLIFF DWELLINGS

The 40 room site was originally located in McElmo Canyon, which is in the southwest corner of Colorado near Mesa Verde and Dolores. The process of relocating these cliff dwellings began in 1904 and was completed in 1907 when the preserve was opened to the public. Virginia McClurg, the original founder of the Colorado Cliff Dwellers Association, hired William Crosby and the Manitou Cliff Dwellings Ruins Company to begin this process. They wanted to preserve and protect these dwellings from looters and relic pot-hunters. (Source)

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Keenan did have so much fun randomly climbing and exploring all the nooks and rooms!
colorado-springs_0017 It was the perfect time of day to visit…the light was so pretty! Overall, it was kind of a bust…but way fun to walk around the site, maybe just not worth the cash to get in…
colorado-springs_0018 Thanks Keenan for snapping this photo… i think it is my new fav shot of myself!
colorado-springs_0019 Next we headed to check into our motel for the night… we had a room with a view! (Snapped just outside of our door… hello, Garden of the Gods!
colorado-springs_0023 We ditched our stuff and headed into Manitou Springs to walk around and find a spot for dinner.  colorado-springs_0027We ended up eating on a patio that was right beside this river! (seen in the photo…)
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Manitou Springs was an area that the Native Americans held sacred and would visit to drink and soak in water from the mineral springs to bring on healing. We stopped to look at the Shoshone Spring’s spring house…

Shoshone Spring’s spring house, built in the 1890s, is located on Manitou Avenue. It has the “greatest amount of deep-seated water from the karstaquifer system and the highest mineral content of the town’s springs, and particularly high content of chloride, calcium, alkalinity, lithium, manganese and zinc. Because of its high mineral content, it was considered the most “medicinal” of Manitou’s springs, partly because of its sulphur content. The spring house was constructed of red sandstone from the nearby Kenmuir Quarry, which is now the Red Rock Canyon Open Space (Source)

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While there…another group of 3 people came close to the springs…I really don’t know what happened, but and all of a sudden this Sugar Glider jumped onto Keenan… I might have screamed! Then got some photos…. of him hanging out, and climbing across his back onto his shoulder. Then the man claimed his pet…. it was a totally random, but pretty cool! (The funny thing was that the woman in the group had another sugar glider… but it was in her t-shirt pocket…not as social.) colorado-springs_0029 Another action-packed awesome fun day!!!! But have no fear–there’s still one more day of this holiday to get through… and that will be a story for another day!

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