I’m currently living it up in Colorado with my husband. I’ve always wanted go to Colorado, because my mother grew up there and told me how gorgeous it was, and boy she wasn’t lying. My husband’s sister just moved there, so we thought it would be a good opportunity to finally visit.
I personally believe you should go on some sort of mini vacation every quarter, with maybe a big one thrown in the mix somewhere. Most people would probably say this isn’t a feasible belief, but it most certainly can be. A vacation doesn’t have to be this big grand thing. It can just be a nearby city for a weekend, or even just one night. Last year I went on a trip with my mom and my best friend to a Hot Air Balloon Festival a few hours away, and we only stayed one night and shared a room. The festival was free, and we explored the cute little town it was in (also free). Another way to afford going on mini vacations is to be more frugal with how you spend your money. We don’t really spend that much on “stuff” (I’m a pretty big cheapskate), so that allows us to either put our money into savings or go on the occasional mini vacay’.
We’ve spent the majority of our time exploring Colorado Springs, staying with my husband’s sister and her family, and we got plane tickets for a little over a hundred bucks each, so it’s been a pretty affordable trip. PLUS they have been showing us hospitality out the wazoo, and feeding us every night.
One of the first things we did was visit Garden of the Gods, which is a park in Colorado Springs with huge sandstone rock formations. It was incredible, and had plenty of trails to walk through and explore (also really neat at night, but also kind of creepy).
The next day we went to visit my husband’s best friend who lives in Denver, and went out to lunch at a restaurant called Casa Bonita. It is ridiculously cool. They have a waterfall and cliff divers INSIDE the restaurant. No kidding.
We visited the historic small town of Manitou Springs. They had all sorts of neat (and unique) little shops all down the streets. One of the cool things about the town is all the mineral springs they have located throughout, which are believed to have healing properties for the body and soul. You can fill up your own cups or water bottles from the springs. I decided to take a swig myself, and… it was absolutely disgusting. It may be because I was expecting it to taste like especially fresh tasting water, or it may just be the fact that it was absolutely disgusting. Who knows? It’s probably just an acquired taste sort of thing… They also had an awesome arcade area indoors and out, with several photo booths throughout, so of course we had to take advantage of that.
My absolute favorite thing so far has been the mountains. They are gigantic compared to what I’m accustomed to. We got to ride up the Pikes Peak Cog Railway on Pikes Peak, and it was amazing. The weather didn’t allow us to go to the very top, but we still had a gorgeous view from what they called “inspiration point,” which just so happens to be the point that inspired the song “America the Beautiful.”
We still have one more day to explore, which is either going to be spent visiting the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park (the place that inspired Steven King to write “the Shining,” and also where scenes from Dumb & Dumber were shot), or the Great Sand Dunes National Park. I guess we will see…
Some other really awesome things in Colorado that I want to do one day include:
- the Manitou Cliff Dwellings
- Skiing in a cute little town like Telluride
- Driving up Pike’s Peak
- Going to the Red Rocks Amphitheater
- Driving down Trail Ridge Road
- the Mesa Verde National Park
Colorado is great, and most definitely beautiful, but the best part of the trip for me has been spending it with our family, playing board games, and getting to know them better. Can’t beat a trip like that.