Jul 20 2011
We’ve seen a lot in a few days, and while vacations are always fun, there’s a need for downtime along the way as well. Today we came back to the hotel in the afternoon and ordered in pizza–a rare treat for us who live on the farm–and now it’s movie night for the kids while Dad and I relax.
Our hotel room has a view of the mountains, and we can see Pikes Peak from the parking lot. Imagine waking up to that every morning!
This morning, a beautiful, sunny day, we drove up to Cripple Creek, about an hour west of Colorado Springs in the mountains. Our first stop was the Mollie Kathleen gold mine tour, where we got a very interesting history lesson and each came home with our own piece of gold ore. Despite being 1000 feet below ground, the tour was not frightening, and the pathways were much more open than several caves we’ve toured.
The view from the Mollie Kathleen parking lot, and the Cripple Creek Heritage Center across the road, is spectacular, with the town of Cripple Creek nestled in the mountains.
The heritage center is a three-level museum with several hands-on exhibits for the kids to enjoy. I wished we would have had more time there.
We planned to ride on the Cripple Creek-Victor Railroad, but the cost for the 45-minute trip didn’t seem worth it since we’ve been on other trains before. Instead we ate lunch in downtown Cripple Creek and drove back down to Colorado Springs to see the Garden of the Gods. This park of beautiful rock formations has a driving route as well as hiking trails. We stopped in the visitor center to see the displays, check out the gift shop, and have an ice cream cone as a thunderstorm rolled over the mountains.
Tomorrow we’ll see the last of Colorado Springs and head up to Denver. There is truly a lot to do in this area–if time and money were no object, families could keep busy for a very long time in this area doing some very unique things. One of our goals for this trip has been to do things we can’t do at home, and for the most part we’re succeeding.
I’ve added photos to yesterday’s post as I’ve resolved my computer problems; I hope you’ll go back and take a look if you’ve been following the trip.
Twizzlers is sponsoring this trip, and I haven’t talked too much about their product thus far, but we’ve been enjoying Twizzlers as good road trip food. They’re nice for doling out when the kids want a treat but I don’t want to ruin their appetites; they don’t melt, even in the 100-degree temperatures we’ve been experiencing, and especially for our family, they’re one of the few candies that we consider to be safe for our son who is allergic to peanuts. My favorite Twizzlers activity so far, however, has been folding and twisting them into letters of the alphabet to quiz my three-year-old niece. (And yes, she got them all right before she grabbed the Twizzlers to finish her snack.) The Twizzlers van has been getting plenty of attention as we drive from place to place. It’s been a fun trip. Do you have any guesses about the last things we’ll do before finishing our road trip? Don’t forget to enter for your own chance to win a roadtrip from Twizzlers and share your own roadtrips at the Twizzlers website.
Twizzlers is sponsoring our travels this week.