I recently went to Colorado for a family vacation. Colorado Springs, Manitou Springs, Twin Lakes, Buena Vista, Leadville, a few other small towns & Breckenridge + 3 states to get there, 3 homes while staying there, with 10 other family members, a total of 1600 miles within 9 days of travel & LOTS of rain, to be exact.
I drove the majority of the trip so I didn’t get to take all that many photos. Otherwise I was “living in the moment” you know?
i.e. Trying not to kill anyone. LOL Love you Grandma, aunts, uncles, cousins & Mother!
On the road.
We drove from our home state of South Dakota, through Wyoming & into Colorado. Luckily, we totally missed Denver’s, & the surrounding areas, rush-hour traffic. NOT! Alas, we ultimately made it to our first “home” of the trip – a hotel in Colorado Springs.
Garden of the Gods | Colorado Springs, Colorado
This was our main stop while staying in CO Springs. It was quite hot that day so I think we made pretty quick work of it. I would definitely go back someday to get a better look.
Pikes Peak Cog Railway | Manitou Springs, Colorado
While staying at our hotel in the city we made a quick trek to Manitou Springs to ride the cog railway to the top of Pikes Peak. It was a cool ride, figuratively & literally. We were all a little disappointed with how foggy (& freezing) it was at the top of the mountain. Oh well, at least we got to stuff our face holes with the famous Pikes Peak donuts – “the only donuts made at an altitude over 14,000 feet”. Yum!
On the road again.
A few days into our stay we made our move from our hotels to our first real home, a cabin in the mountains located near Twin Lakes & Mt. Elbert – “the highest peak in the Rocky Mountains”.
The gorgeous view from our “back yard”.
The town our cabin was “in” didn’t offer many amenities like grocery stores or gas stations so we had to go elsewhere to buy anything we needed. One of the closest recognizable “civilizations” was a quaint little mining-town by the name of Leadville. We had many a meals, a few drinks & definitely a lot of fun in the area. Antique hunting, gold panning, horseback riding & more. Including, visiting a little ghost town that required the most ridiculous drive on the face of the planet to reach. I swear, it was about 30 minutes each way & on the crappiest dirt road you’ve ever seen. Which, mind you – is actually supposed to have motor vehicles on it. Not fun. Needless to say, my little Fiesta is pretty much an official off-road vehicle now, right?
Buena Vista, Colorado
Buena Vista, a town a little farther away from our cabin than Leadville, was another popular location for everyone to stop & fill up (tummies & fuel tanks). It also had this awesome little park reserve behind the downtown strip – complete with small rapids & cute cacti.
After spending the majority of our trip in our cabin…did I mention there was no wi-fi? Scratch that, no SERVICE?! About half of our family consisted of internet obsessed teens! Cough*plusmymother*Cough Luckily, I’d say most of us did pretty good ;P But I digress…
After spending the majority of our trip in our cabin we made our move to Breckenridge, our final home for the last couple nights. We spent hours trying to figure out who got to sleep where (again) but eventually settled in for our short stay. Just a hop, skip & a jump from the downtown area, we spent the a lot of our two days out & about – riding the gondola & doing a fair amount of shopping & eating. Yay cookies & shopping & fellow life forms!
This was such a long & fairly packed family vacation that I pretty much needed a vacation from this vacation! Don’t get me wrong, I love seeing my family as much as the next guy but boy was I happy to be back home. & to have constant internet access…
Carl’s Jr. has been pretty much my all-time, favorite place to eat since I was a child. We don’t have the chain where I live so I am not lucky enough to stuff these delicious chicken nugget stars in my face whenever I want. We don’t often visit areas that have the chain either so this was the first time these lovely beauties graced my face hole in over a decade. They tasted just like I remembered them. Heavenly.