Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Big Fat Family Roadtrip Takes On Colorado Springs

This year, the BFFRT brought us to Colorado Springs.  I have never visited the Rocky Mountains previously and for this trip, I had my own private tour guide.  The Man grew up in the Springs.

On our drive up to The Broadmoor and to Seven Falls, he was telling me about a private residence in the area.  The man that lived there was a sculptor and made really neat kinetic wind sculptures.  The artist's name was Starr Kempf and he made some super cool things...



These are only 2 of the few that are left up on the property, there were originally 10.  Due to the sculptors death, family feuds, and zoning issues, there aren't many left up or visible from the roadside.

We also went to Seven Falls in Cheyenne Canyon.  Being a Minnesotan, it was really odd to see snow and flowing water.  The temperature was warm enough for sweatshirts and it was beautiful.







I've been told that no visit to Colorado Springs is complete without a trip to the Garden of the Gods.  We definitely stopped there.  It was beautiful but a great big CF.  I can't imagine what a nuthouse it would be during peak season.




While there, we also went to the Air Force Academy.  Having attempted to visit West Point in the past, I wasn't sure that I would actually see much of The Academy.  Was I wrong.  Although there are security checkpoints at each of the entrances, visitors are allowed on parts of the campus.  While West Point is nestled into one of the nooks of the Hudson River Valley near Newburgh, New York, the Air Force Academy is a sprawling, mountainside property.  It is HUGE! I was bummed that the cathedral was closed while we were there, but I was able to get some external pictures,




14 comments:

The Girl Next Door Grows Up said...

Wow what a trip! I really love road trips and can't wait until the 2 yr old grows up a bit to handle it!

Two Normal Moms said...

Beautiful scenery! Colorado is one place I would love to visit. Our road trip last summer took us down the Oregon Coast, into California and the Redwoods - fun!

***Ally

JennyMac said...

LOVE the pics. I have been to CSprings and it is beautiful!

Tattoos and Teething Rings said...

What amazing views!

Ian said...

Some of those pics are breathtaking - thanks for posting

Juliana said...

Beautiful pictures, although I am a bit biased being a Colorado gal!

Danielle said...

You should have come about 45 miles further and had a drink with me!

adrienzgirl said...

Love the pics K! They are breathtaking.

My Mercurial Nature said...

Those pictures are amazing! I cannot wait to be able to do more road trips!

singedwingangel said...

Visiting the Springs is one thing.. I could never live there again. I am not a fond of snow up in May lol. I don't want to lay out one day IN the Garden of the gods with a friend and wake up the next day to SNOW on the ground 4 inches of it.. soo Yep it's beautiful there. But not a place for this ole girl to live lol..

Tamara aka Cheapskate Mom said...

How cool! I can't say I miss Colorado yet, but I am sure I will miss the sites eventually! Love the photos!

Daffy said...

I'm so happy you posted pics! Looks like a wonderful trip and we're glad to have you back!!!

The Blue Zoo said...

Wow! GORGEOUS!! Great pictures!

Glad you're back though! =)

Katie's Nesting Spot said...

I love a good road trip, this is what I tell myself and others when they ask why we don't fly. But I grew up seeing the states from the car and it really is something. Have never been to the Garden of the Gods, although we lived in NM for a bit and went over to CO to visit a few times. Looks beautiful! We did manage to actually see The Grand Canyon and I am so sorry about how that turned out for you. A real nightmare, it sounds like.

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