Our first day in Colorado Springs! We settled into the house that Lisa The Great so generously let us "house-sit". And we grabbed dinner at Tumbleweed (decided to stick with what we knew).
The next day we drove over to the Cave Dwellings, but didn't quite make it there, since our van was leaking radiator fuel. We spent a few hours in the nearest mall while our radiator was being replaced, after this slight detour we made it to the Cave Dwellings.
Judah especially liked climbing through all the tunnels and up and down the ladder. It was a really cool place for kids to explore an I wish we could have spent more time there.
For dinner we packed a little lunchand hit the nearest park, let the kids play and then hiked a little ways up a hill, where we saw a deer bedding down and got a good view of Colorado Springs.
The following day we rode over to Garden of the Gods, the kids helped hold up the "balancing rock"
and we attempted the easiest trail possible around the formations. 10 minutes into the mile of flat, paved trail everyone started to complain, Adam and Adelaide hitched a ride on mommy.
We made it though, and ate our packed lunch while we drove over to Manitou Springs to visit Pikes Peak. We got tickets for the Cog Railway, ran home for a quick nap and drove back to ride the 45 minute railway to the top.
Adelaide and Adam fell asleep (probably from the altitude). Although I was skeptical on how the kids would do in such an inclosed space, it was a really cool experience and I'm glad we did it! At the top we bought hot donuts, and since it was sooo windy and cold Adam and Adelaide stayed inside the building with me, while Judah and Joe took a few pics.