The anticipation of seeing the mountains caused us to high tail it out of Kansas as quickly as possible. We were checked out of our hotel and back on the highway by 7:30 am.
We kept our eyes peeled for the mountains.
We knew not to expect them right away, but we were pleasantly surprised with the change in landscape. Gone were the flat lands of Kansas.
Every once in a while someone would shout, “I see them!”
Then, “Nevermind, those are just clouds.”
When we finally could see them, it was like an illusion… “Wait. Are those mountains?”… “I think so…” …and then a resounding, “YES! Those are the mountains!”
While working our way further west, we decided to go through Denver first. My hubby is a huge music fan, and has always wanted to see the Red Rock Amphitheater. Being this close, we had to go. He was itchin’ to go on stage and help the setup crew, but I let him know I wasn’t interested in spending my first day in Colorado bailing him out of jail.
It did surprise me how many people use the amphitheater as a gym! This guy was being wheel-barrowed down the steps and “hopped” all the way to the bottom. Crazy!
From there, we stopped at a nearby lake for a picnic lunch, then drove down to Colorado Springs, oohing and aahing over the mountains all the way down… the camera steadily clicking away.
We dropped our things off at the hotel, (yay! I’m on the guest end!!…)
then we headed straight to The Garden of the Gods.
My #3 son was totally in his element here! If you remember, it was his idea to go to Colorado to see the mountains. The Smoky’s wouldn’t do. It had to be the Rocky mountains.
Seeing him in this environment… happy, carefree, and loving every minute, made the long-a** drive worth it!
We arrived back at the hotel exhausted, but incredibly happy.
I think we’re falling in love….