Although I was most excited about the Redwood Forest, Tyler was most certainly most excited about Colorado on our journey across America. We spent three nights in Colorado Springs, Tyler's birthplace. We arrived on Wednesday evening and just got dinner and headed to our hotel ... lodging on the Air Force Academy. This lodging was the nicest lodging we'd ever seen; it was a welcome home for three nights!
On Thursday we went to the Garden of the Gods and hiked around for a bit. The park was really beautiful, and it has quite a neat history. The land was given by a man who died in the early 1900s who willed the land to the city of Colorado Springs. It is to remain free to the public, clean, uninhabited and alcohol free. From what we could see, those wishes are still granted today.
After that we drove through Fort Carson, a US Army installation that is high on our wish list of places to be stationed. It was a very nice installation with many new houses, a new commissary and a large, beautiful parade ground. I wouldn't mind be stationed there because the installation looked nice and there is plenty to do in Colorado Springs. We had dinner with Tyler's god-parents that night. I had never spent time with them, so it was nice to get to know them a bit better.
On Friday we tried to go up Pike's Peak, but the winds were too strong and the train didn't go. Although we were super bummed, it was kind of nice to just tool around for the day. We hung out in Manitou Springs, a charming town at the bottom of the peak and just outside of Colorado Springs. Friday afternoon we all napped and just enjoyed some downtime after nearly two weeks of traveling. Late in the afternoon we toured the Air Force Academy, which was not at all what I expected. The Academy is small, and has very robot-y looking buildings. Aside from the chapel, which is gorgeous, the buildings are grey squares that sit on pillars with passageways underneath. It was different than the old, beautiful buildings and landscape of the Naval Academy and what I imagine West Point to be.
Saturday we awoke, checked-out and headed to Denver to spend Easter with Tyler's aunt and uncle. More on that tomorrow!
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