Garden of the Gods, Caves, Pikes Peak and Manitou Springs

Garden of the Gods, Caves, Pikes Peak and Manitou Springs

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We woke up very early, grabbed our stuff and swooped into our car for a road trip to another beautiful corner of Colorado waiting to be discovered by us.  The road, curving and climbing uphill, was taking us towards Garden of the Gods.  Crisp bright blue skies, mountains and fluffy marshmallow clouds complimenting our drive.

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After a quick drive of a little over an hour, Garden of the Gods welcomed us with a sneak peek of its magical Red Rocks.

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When you enter the Garden, you find yourself on the wide paved road that is embraced by vivid red orange cliffs and rock formations.  The scenery is so unique and out of this planet beautiful, you get a feeling of being transported to a different planet.  I kept thinking that I was in some sort of pre-human dinosaur era.

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Paved paths meant we could bring a stroller for Gisela, allowing her the comfort of cruising in a shade.  Happy baby = happy mama = happy papa.

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I was completely amazed by the Nature, Skies and Earth around me.  Colors of green grass, vivid red rocks and bright blue skies powerfully enwrap you in its beauty.

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There are many rock formations, some quite vertical and challenging, where you can see rock climbers tackling them on.  I jumped at the opportunity to test out my climbing ability with this playful rock.

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I imagine this was the view that dinosaurs saw while roaming around on planet Earth during Mesozoic Era.  Maybe I miraculously time traveled back through 165 million years?  Shhh, I hear something, is that a T-Rex behind me?

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After a morning of stomping around hot and sunny Garden of the Gods, we drove higher into the mountains to spend an afternoon in chilly and dark Cave of the Winds.

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The view from top of the mountains was worth all the tight and narrow turns of the road that led us up here.

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My two favorite people, oh how I love them.  My heart just melts when I look at this picture.  Any adventure is so much more colorful and fulfilling when traveling with our Gigi.

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We grabbed a quick lunch which consisted of yummy junk food.  Hey, you gotta have a cheat day once in a while.  Hot dogs and fried chicken with extra gooey cheese on the side is a perfect assemble for that kinda of day.

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After playing around in a gift shop, we stepped into the icy darkness of the Caves.

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It felt nice to retreat into coolness of the caves after having spent a whole morning being sizzled by the July sun.  I am sure Gisela enjoyed it too since she quickly dozed of into a dream land.

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We arrived into a small town of Manitou Springs late into afternoon, tired from our cave dwelling.  I have been dying to tell you about the hotel where we lodge ever since we entered through its front doors.  The Cliff House is a luxury, newly restored Victorian hotel with beautiful mountain views situated right in the heart of Manitou Springs.

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This house was built in late 1840’s and the style of every hotel room reflects decor of that period.

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The view wows you from your room.

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We relaxed on a veranda enjoying the mountains while digging into smooth dark chocolate dessert.

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We went for a quick evening stroll through quaint streets of historic town of Manitou Springs, admiring magnificent scenic views and peeking into boutique stores before ending our day with a delicious dinner on a veranda at our hotel.

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Next day started of early as we had a train ride to catch!

Look who ended up sneaking into our bed in the morning and falling asleep.

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Tickets purchased for a little red train that will slowly climb a well-known mountain called Pikes Peak.

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IMG_4509Like something out of a fairy tale, the train sweeps you deep into forest as it slowly climbs up the mountain, treating you to views of skies, creeks, alpine lakes, mountain meadows and beautiful horizons.

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We made it to a 14,110 summit!  First “14ner” we conquered…by train 🙂  We were rewarded with oh so attractive panoramic views at the top.  What a journey!

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