Part 1 of 4 of my Photo Diary of a visit to Colorado Springs in August 2016
I was pretty stoked to be visiting Colorado for the very first time, even though I was just there for barely a week. While I regularly visit the US, I usually stay on the coasts (California, mostly), and it was my first time to go inside, as it were. Being a lover of looking at big mountains, Colorado was the perfect first destination --- specifically, Colorado Springs.
The views while flying in were already amazing, looking down somewhere over Wyoming and, far in the distance to Canada.
Arriving late in the afternoon after almost 20 hours of flying, we decided to call it a day upon arriving. The next morning, I was up at sunrise to take some pictures right outside our room. The signature huge sandstone formations were in full view:
After breakfast and errands, I walked down to explore the Garden of the Gods.
As I got closer to the towering red rocks, I saw a young boy climbing up one of the towers. How fun is that --- to have a stunning national park, hiking, and climbing gym a short drive away?
Walking just past this and making a left, I saw the next level up: big kids playing on the big wall. Wicked (and terrifying for my heights-fearing self)!
After walking for a few more minutes, I came upon one of the most picturesque sections of this side of the park.
From there, I hiked on a trail leading uphill to another viewpoint.
From here, you can appreciate the Three Graces, the Cathedral Spires, and Pulpit Rock from a different perspective.
From there, I wanted to keep walking, but the weather was turning for the worse and I had a long walk back, so I decided to call it a day first.
The next morning, I made sure to wake up early to catch the red rocks aglow in the morning sun. The vista is downright magical in the morning light.
After breakfast, I made my way to the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, the subject of part 2 of this Photo Diary series, to be published on Tuesday!