When I edit pictures and create folders for selling images and writing my blogs I put a date on the folder and note what the images are so it will, at least in theory, make it easier to put things in the proper order. I rely on the dates that come up when I hold the cursor over an image…sometimes I know it might be off (though the date and time on the camera are correct) because it will be an image of sunset but it will say it was taken at 2 in the afternoon for example. The story I am going to be posting here of one of my last full days in Colorado but according to the dates/times on the images I visited The Garden of the Gods and did a tour, did a self tour when it ended including a stop at Balanced Rock, went to Seven Falls, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, the Will Rogers Shrine of the Sun and made a stop at a private residence to see some of a private sculpture garden. I did all of these things while I was in Colorado Springs though I can’t for the life of me remember if I did it all in one day…doesn’t really seem possible to me. But…here we go!
I do remember the day started out with me searching for the private residence that had some unique sculptures at their home. A lot was in the fenced portion of the property and you could not enter the property but they were not opposed to people visiting…at least that is what the rGPS app/comments were saying…and I was curious. I did finally find the house and parking was a problem so I stayed in my car and kept driving around until I thought I saw all that would be possible. On the way there I did have to stop to let a couple deer cross the road…
I tried to get to a website to post a link but there isn’t one though it is mentioned on the internet mostly as TripAdvisor reviews. If you would like to google it…it is the Starr Kempf’s Kinetic Sculptures.
I believe I went to Seven Falls after this. You have to park your car at a set place and take a shuttle to the Falls…it was a very hot day and I was in line for 45 minutes before I could grab a shuttle. It is a short drive over there but waiting in lines for 45 minutes was so worth the wait. If you are in the area you will have to go check it out!
Note all the stairs!! I can’t remember the exact number but it is a lot! If you think you have the stamina you can climb to the top and stop to visit each of the falls as you climb up. Me…I don’t have that in me! I went inside where it was 40+ degrees, took in all the stories of the falls and took an elevator up to the top! I couldn’t of course stop at each of the falls but I could see and enjoy them all! Are you brave enough to do all the steps?
Assuming I did do all in this one day I am going to post next the Will Rogers Shrine to the Sun because this is above the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. Sorry…lots of images but the shrine is spectacular inside and out and the views are equally spectacular so how would I decide what wouldn’t be included? It was nice of nature to put the clouds over the tower after I got back down below to create a little drama! From here you can see Cheyenne Mountain, Colorado Springs, Fort Carson, etc…
When I got back down below I had to make a serious decision about the zoo because dark clouds had been hanging around for a long time and I didn’t want to pay to enter the zoo only to have to run for hiding. In the end I decided to go…and it did rain, quite hard for awhile. It started while I was on the gondola…with lightening! The gondola stopped for a bit and my camera and phone were getting wet. When we finally got to the top employees were scurrying around to get us into a yurt that was at the top…the only place to stay dry and away from a direct lightening hit. When the rain started letting up and the lightening stopped they gave us the option of staying put and taking the gondola down when they could reopen it or waiting for them to gather some carts to take people back down…or option 3…walk back down. I opted to wait for the gondola to reopen. It was a lovely day at the zoo! The #1 attraction here appears to be the giraffes! I did not walk the entire zoo but they are what I could see just about everywhere I went.
Off to the Garden of the Gods…natural landscape at its best without any interference from man to change anything…other than the parking lot and visitor center. As soon as I went inside I knew I would be taking the tour…there was such a large area to see.
I felt comfortable about where to go and what I wanted to see now that I had done the tour. He told us about Balanced Rock which is a part of Garden of the Gods and I wanted to find that also. And I did….
Here are images from my self-tour including Balanced Rock…
As the day was coming to an end…
I have one more day in Colorado Springs before I head back to Denver for the flight home…I visited one spot that day because I wanted to try to plan what I might be able to see in Denver before I had to turn in my rental and check in for my flight. I chose to go visit Memorial Park in Manitou Springs. I just walked around and spent a few hours enjoying the park.
A quick stop on the way back to the hotel for dinner at Luigi’s…posting this because though the meal was real good I have no images of the meal…just the cool decor covering almost all available ceiling space in the restaurant…well, that is an exaggeration but you get it! 🙂
One last photo before I end…these are gifts I bought my younger grandson and granddaughter…I sent a picture in a text to my daughter-in-law asking her to check with my grandson to see which he would want as first choice…he surprised me and went with the drink cup! 🙂
This ends the Colorado trip…when I woke the final day I had 10 hours to kill before my flight but I was perspiring just putting my stuff in the car…it was a 90+ degree day and I decided against the Denver Botanic Garden and Denver Zoo…I just brought my car back and hung out at the air-conditioned airport all day reading a book. I think my seat mate appreciated me not going out and getting all sweaty!
I am supposed to be posting the trip to Utah and Arizona I took in March 2017 and I started working on those photos during my week away from blogging…and lost a large number of the pictures. The folders I put the pictures in are still there but the pictures themselves…I have no idea. Guess we will all have to wait to see what gets posted next! 🙂
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