Taking the Wheel in Colorado…

Just to recap…this long weekend has been already pretty crazy awesome, a balloon ride, hike + dinner on a mountain and then a road trip.  What more could a person want to do on a long weekend getaway? Well how about driving…and getting yourself from point A to point B? Challenge accepted and taken!

Well Day 3… started off with an early start! Marathons start way early in the morning in the US… and the American Discovery Trail Marathon had a 6:30am start.  We made our way to the “American the Beautiful Park” where the Marathon was starting.

(Side Note: Keenan had me drive–just so I can get use to his car…it’s a Prius and I’ve never driven a hybrid before… add that factor to the fact that I’m really nervous about driving his car, and it was crazy early and I’m not a morning person…but did learn quickly that his brakes are TOUCHY…..lots of fun but I got us to the start line in one piece).

Keenan found some friends at the start line.  When you marathon as much as he has… you get to know people that also love running!  colorado-springs_0030

Off he goes on his 69th marathon…can you see him cross the start line?

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Hello sun…and gorgeous light.  (I maybe need to get up early just to capture the light in photos….it’s so pretty at dawn…)

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Luckily Keenan let me drive his car while he was running…so I went back to the motel I went…to have breakfast and shower! (..first time using one of those WAFFLE MACHINES in the continental breakfast room at the motel…how AWESOME is that?)

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I decided to head back to the “Garden of the Gods” to explore a bit more on my own….

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..it was a wee bit less crowded and parking wasn’t an issue.  Self-portraits with timers also weren’t an issue!

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…it was so gorgeous, and quiet…like I had the place to myself…perfect time to soak up the silence and to think.  colorado-springs_0033

Look deep into nature,
and then you will understand everything better.
Albert Einstein

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I’m glad I went back to the Garden of the Gods, it was nice to get out of the car and walk a little…and just take in the spectacular views everywhere I looked.   This is totally a spot I’d stop again to walk/hike and enjoy…. one visit just isn’t enough!

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Just living is not enough…
one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.
Hans Christian Andersen

These flowers are EVERYWHERE this time of year in Colorado… Keenan tells me they are a weed, but I call them gorgeous! They remind me of my favourite flowers…sunflowers!

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The next thing I did… was head back into Manitou Springs… there happened to be a Art Festival happening in the park.  (Totally something up my alley!) Really cute ‘tree-house’….or should I say… somewhere kids can sit!)

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I added to my Children’s Book Collection… with two books by Mark Ludy. I picked up a copy of the Flower Man and Paper Monsters.    Mark was a totally awesome guy…even though there was a bit of a line, he stopped to talk to everyone… greet children by names and really focus on who was in front of him! So great to meet him… and his stories are pretty cool!

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I made it back to the American the Beautiful Park… in time to see Keenan finish strong in his 69th marathon!

(Funny Story:  Something I never even did tell Keenan, that I forgot the name of the park where I had to pick him up…and wasn’t sure what to type into my google app to figure out how to get back to him.  After a quick moment of panic and mini-freak out… I realized that I had taken a photo of him at 6:15am…. with the name of the park…luckily I did that, or I might still be in Colorado Springs looking for him!) colorado-springs_0043

Congrats Keenan…you are one to inspire…you set goals and have dreams and then you go out to get them!colorado-springs_0039After a detour back to our motel to sneak Keenan back into our room (check out was 12noon and we got there 12:30…but he still was able to shower!) I took the wheel and drove us back to Louisville… which was a pretty crazy, fun experience.  Keenan’s speedometre is digital so just shows miles…(which is ok, because I followed the signs and stayed in the speed limits). However, it was the most un-nerving thing to do…because I literally had NO CLUE how fast I was driving without a reference to KMs.  After finding the switch button I realized that 75miles =120kms…so mystery solved it was all good!

We stopped at Rosie’s Diner a really cool retro diner.. such good food and really amazing milkshakes.  (Chocolate-mint…definitely worth the stop!)
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The rest of the day was about getting back to Louisville…heading to a movie (my choice) and really wasn’t a good choice…next time we go to a movie…Keenan you get to choose ok? Then dinner and packing up my bags getting ready for my crazy early flight home!

In life, all good things must come to an end! Thanks so much for an awesome weekend Keenan and showing me around your beautiful Colorado.  From the glimpses I’ve seen this long weekend I totally need to come back to explore some more.

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