When I had the opportunity to go to Colorado Springs for a quick weekend trip I jumped at the chance. Not only was I getting to spend the weekend with my cousins but I was able to travel! I love to see and explore our gorgeous country. Throw a hike and a coffee shop onto the itinerary and I am a happy girl.
My cousin and I were fortunate enough to grow up together. We have been very close since we were little. She and Her husband are in the Air Force and have been stationed in Colorado Springs and I got to help drive her down there since her husband is already away for training in California. The first day of driving we hit a terribly scary thunderstorm that caused us to stop. Luckily the rain calmed long enough for us to get to our hotel. The next day we booked it, stopping as little as possible and made it to Denver in time for dinner. We stopped at Park Burger, an amazing burger spot, in the most adorable neighborhood ever, full of so many sweet families and cute houses. Just look at those fries!
The next day we spent a few hours hiking in Garden of the Gods National Park. You guys, the mountains. Garden of the Gods is nestled in a little valley right underneath Pikes Peak, the second tallest peak in Colorado. It was amazingly green. The trails were well-maintained and just the right amount of challenging. Look at those views!
That night we spent exploring a little mining town named, Manitou Springs. It had lots of little kitschy shops and restaurants. My cousin and I bought matching t-shirts so we could be touristy and cute!
The Spring tasted very minerally. It took a second to get used to but then I really enjoyed the taste, sort of like sparkling mineral water. Apparently, the native people used to come and drink the water when they were sick and also when they were trying to avoid disease.
All-in-all I hope to get back to Colorado Springs very soon and explore some more!