For my birthday I decided I was going to take a trek into Colorado, to this place everyone raved about: Garden of the Gods.
1 – the place is gorgeous!
2 – its free
3 – go EARLY!
4 – while you don’t have to do a lotta hiking to see the sites, DO bring water! Snacks! And a camera.
This place is wonderfully gorgous and I only saw a fraction of what I could have. I drove in early in the AM, luckily, parked in the main lot. The Center of sorts. I ventured into several hiking areas, heading towards the visitors center for a mid morning food break there.
Instead of a huge lunch, I opted for a snack and a Jeep tour. Worth every penny! Not a lot of picture taking, but it’s not about that, it’s about seeing the sites, the history, etc.
I still have not seen a rattle snake!
This pretty doe was just standing there, eating, the five people ahead of me were so intent on just walking – they never saw her… I took my time and ventured in closer – I got to about five feet away – did a bit of staring, the let her get back to having her morning snack.
This is a wonderful pinkish stone. I ended up bringing a piece home with me, was lodged in my Merrils.
While taking this picture, I met some nice folks from Maine – Camden, in fact. We are everywhere!
Famous Balancing Rock (its not balancing any more, FYI, after years of people doing what that guy is doing, it began to roll off a few years ago. Its now cemented there)
One of the great places the Jeep tour took us! Tunnels, and cliff roads, oh my!
This used to be a train rail. If you look real carful like, at the ceiling, you can see the soot marks from the coal engines.
Helen Keller Falls.
The GotG is a very surreal looking place. Like someone shoved their fingers up from under and pushed the rock up. And juts of stone, sentries, guard this really wonderful tapestry of earth.
If you look really close, you can see the “bear” staring off up into the sky.
Pike’s Peak in the distance
Kissing Camels – lore goes something like this – warring tribes found out that the son and a daughter of opposing tribes were in love. This was forbidden. As punishment, they sent them into the Garden (it was a place of peace) – its said they never returned, but that the camels were forever kissing above the garden