Recently I drove to Colorado Springs with my kids Kevin and Emily to visit our aunt Dorothy. We were blessed with pleasant weather for much of our five day visit. Our first sight seeing stop was Garden of the Gods which is just a few minute’s drive from our aunt Dorothy’s home. The deep red sandstone rock formations framing Pikes Peak is always a magnificent site. In the afternoon we drove a few miles south to North Cheyenne Canyon for a picnic along an ice crusted stream. My wife Kris often talked about returning to this spot for a picnic, and we are all sure that she was with us in spirit. We drank a root beer toast to her memory.
After acclimating to the altitude, Kevin and Emily and I returned to the canyon for a hike along Seven Bridges Trail. The trail is steep, but the views are gorgeous. We turned around and headed back as the weather conditions deteriorated and occasional snow squalls set in. The mix of Aspen and pine trees along the upper reaches of the trail must make for a spectacular Autumn view.
Although I have been to Colorado Springs a number of times, I have never been to Cheyenne Canyon Zoo located in the shadow of the Will Rogers Memorial Shrine of the Sun. From what I understand, this is the only zoo built into the side of a mountain, and the views overlooking Colorado Springs and the plains is spectacular. The exhibits are modern and both visitor and critter friendly. The Giraffe herd is touted to be the largest of any zoo.
In Colorado as in Nebraska, you never know what the late winter weather might bring, but all in all, we could not have asked for a more pleasant late winter getaway.