Well I have officially visited a state I had never seen before until now. Over my son’s spring break, we decided to do something we’ve never done before as a family and hit the road to visit an entirely different state just for the fun of it. After all back in 2014 we visited Disneyland twice in 5 months. That was big for us! We’ve never had the expendable income until now to travel much. So we thought hey, lets head north east. We broke up the trip into two days since we have a seven and a four year old who can get quite restless. People who make this trip in one day! WOW! I was tired after five hours of driving….as a passenger. Maybe I’ll feel differently when the back of my seat isn’t being pounded by little feet or hearing whiny voices every few minutes asking for something. 😉
But for four and seven, I think they traveled pretty well. After all they had all the entertainment they could ask for at their fingertips, but my favorite part was JJ following our route with a real map and telling us what city we were going to drive through next.
It was also the first time my feet graced New Mexico. It looks a lot like Arizona…just more “Peublo-ish”. 😉 We broke up the trip by staying in Santa Fe, then we were on to our beloved Drury Inn when we got to Colorado Springs. Colorado on the east side of the rockies was a bit different than I had expected. I mean you’ve got the lovely Rockies…which are utterly amazing, then a whole lot of nothing in the east. Its pretty much flat land. I didn’t really expect that, but knowing its neighboring state was Kansas, I got it. Now I’m from the mountain town of Flagstaff, AZ where we are used to snow all the way til May and as early as November so we are no stranger to that, high winds, and cold weather, even though most people who know nothing about Arizona think the entire state is a desert.
The photos below shows you the difference between looking west toward the Rockies and east toward Kansas.
I enjoyed the new scenary emensly. The Rockies just had me in awe at how far and long they stretched. I think its one of God’s most awe inspiring creations. Even the flat lands were fun to see, I hadn’t seen flat areas like this in a very long time. But I do remember it being from Texas and my trip to Garden City Kansas once.
At any rate we had some things we had planned on seeing. So we got to Colorado Springs, we used that day to settle in at the hotel and enjoy their complimentary kickback hour. Being Gold Key members we always look for the Drury Inn where ever we travel for four big reasons, complimentary hot breakfast, kickback hour in the evening which is basically dinner, free wi-fi and large spacious hotel rooms comfortable enough for two adults and two kiddos on the fold out.
On our first full day in Colorado we went up to the Red Rocks Ampitheater a little outside Denver. We had seen this ampitheater on Arial America and wanted to see it for ourselves really bad. Its beautiful there and of course, Bon Jovi, my husband’s all time favorite band played at the Red Rocks Ampitheater a few times. We saw his name written on the celebrity wall in the guest center.
The ampitheater was massive and can hold 9,525 people and has been a favorite venue for a lot of artists.
The next place we visted was Garden of The Gods. These rock formations reminded me a lot of the Sedona area in Arizona.
I think these formations look like praying hands, and that may indeed be what that are called.
I was also amazed to see this rock climber.
Now the week we visited Colorado, it was so incredibly windy. We actually had a trip planned to take a little train to the top of Pike’s Peak, but apparently there were 60 mile per hour winds on the mountain and to tell you the truth, in town there were 30 to 40 mile per hour winds that made things pretty cold. I however will never forget the dreadful winds on the Royal Gorge bridge gusting through that valley. I don’t think my fingers and face had ever been so cold. The Royal Gorge Bridge is the highest suspension bridge in the United States. The Royal Gorge Bridge stands at about a thousand feet above the Arkansas river.
This is a view down to the Arkansas river from about the middle of the suspension bridge.
Thankfully there was a little kids play area that had a two story barn like playhouse for the kids to hang out in while we waited for the winds to calm down. They never did, as soon as we crossed back over the bridge, the winds picked up again.
Another place we visited was the Air Force Base. I loved the architecture of this chapel and the inside stained glass was even more beautiful!
This was the chapel’s pipe organ:
What was awe inspiring were the moving clouds that you could see behind the pulpit area. It seemed like a beautiful place to worship.
We had planned to see Seven Falls before we made it back to Arizona, but we had enough of the cold and wind and thought the boys would like seeing the giant planes more. Maybe one day when we go back to Colorado we’ll actually be able to make it to the top of Pike’s Peak and see the infamous Seven Falls. While there is more about our trip I could talk about which includes a trip to the CBS affiliate’s TV station in CO Springs, I’ll leave it to this since this post is already picture heavy. 😉
What did/are you doing for spring break? Any travel plans?
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