Garden of the Gods


From the Visitor's Center

From the Visitor’s Center


The Visitor’s Center opens at 0800. The park itself opens at 0500 in the summer. Means that arriving just a few seconds after 0800 meant parking challenges but we managed to grab the last parking slot in the main area.

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Then looped at the maps before heading out for the close, easy loops…

The Rocks are sandstone, carved mostly by wind with the occasional bit of precipitation tossed in for good measure. Of course, this is mountains and Colorado, so you can add snowfall in the winter. The formations are amazing. Any of the pictures will enlarge if you click on them. Thumbnails here just so that the page loads in our life time.

And yes –

I was actually there

I was actually there

please note a reasonable attempt – not at a disguise – but at sun protection including (but not limited to) hat, glasses, long pants, hiking shoes, sleeves that could be rolled down AND sunblock…

I might go back to see the sunrise one of these next mornings…

Since I don’t remember having wandered any part of “historic” Colorado Springs in the 1970s, that was our next stop. I have the feeling that there has been a lot of renovation in the last 40 years….

Caribou Coffee, like Peet’s and Seattle’s Best, is much better than Starbucks along with being conveniently located on the butterfly corner.

The commissary, unlike the Berkeley Safeway, still has cherries……

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About Holly

fiber person - knitter, spinner, weaver who spent 33 years being a military officer to fund the above. And home. And family. Sewing and quilting projects are also in the stash. After living again in Heidelberg after retiring (finally) from the U.S. Army May 2011, we moved to the US ~ Dec 2015. Something about being over 65 and access to health care. It also might have had to do with finding a buyer for our house. Allegedly this will provide me a home base in the same country as our four adult children, all of whom I adore, so that I can drive them totally insane. Considerations of time to knit down the stash…(right, and if you believe that…) and spin and .... There is now actually enough time to do a bit of consulting, editing. Even more amazing - we have only one household again. As long as everyone understands that I still, 40 years into our marriage, don't do kitchens or bathrooms. For that matter, not being a golden retriever, I don't do slippers or newspapers either. I don’t miss either the military or full-time clinical practice. Limiting my public health/travel med/consulting and lecturing to “when I feel like it” has let me happily spend my pension cruising, stash enhancing (oops), arguing with the DH about where we are going to travel next and book buying. Life is good!
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2 Responses to Garden of the Gods

  1. Shanda Horsley says:

    Holly, dang it I live in CO Springs! Next time call me 719-602-9664 and I would love to meet up!

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