Captured Moments – Garden of the Gods – part 3

There are many trails and places to hike in the Garden of the Gods park.  We started at the Perkins Central Garden Trail.  From there we drove to the Siamese Twins trail.  (Click on the park info tab to get a map of the trails and formations, and more great information)

So we begin.

I love the texture of the tree roots.  There were many trees with exposed roots along the rocky trails.

This is a panoramic shot from the trail on our way to the Siamese Twins formation.

Coming up to the  Siamese Twin rock formation.

Window looking towards Pikes Peak.

Gorgeous views from the trails.

Balanced Rock

As you can tell, I loved this day trip to the Garden of the Gods.  There was so much more there to explore and I would love to come back.  I hope you have enjoyed visiting the park with me.  

Captured Moments – Garden of the Gods – the white cottony plant edition.

My friend Tim teases me, saying that I have to stop and take photos of all the cottony plants.  I guess he’s right.  When we were at the Garden of the Gods I was definitely stopping to take photos of the fluffy, fuzzy, cottony  plants. 😉

The photo below was edited in Topaz Studio.  The effect is called Degas Dancers 1.

 

 

 

Captured Moments – Garden of the Gods – part 2

Good morning,

When I think of the Garden of the Gods, I think of the huge beautiful red rocks with names like Cathedral Spires, or Sleeping Giant.  Of course, there is so much more to see there and one of those is another rock formation they simply refer to as White Rock.

 

See the rock formation on the top to the left?

 

We decided it looked like a buffalo.  What do you think?

This was a fun day trip and there are more photos to go through and hopefully share.  If you are in Colorado Springs and I would highly recommend visiting Garden of the Gods.

Captured Moments – Garden of the Gods

Hello,

On my visit to Colorado, I had the pleasure of visiting the Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs.  It was a wonderful day of hiking, spending time with great friends, taking photos and enjoying nature.  I will start with the beautiful red rocks the park is known for.  This is a view from the visitors center looking out towards the park.  The visitors center has wonderful exhibits about the park, the rock formations, flora and fauna and the history of the area.

Starting our exploration of the park on the Perkins Central garden Trail. 

The scenery was breathtaking and this was just the first trail we explored.  There were signs for rock climbing posted throughout the park, but did not see anyone climbing that day.  This are also had another formation they simply call White Rock, but that is for another day.  🙂

Colorado Mountain Brewery

The first day in Colorado we went to Garden of the Gods.  After a morning of hiking and photos, we stopped for lunch at the Colorado Mountain Brewery.

The atmosphere is much like a sports bar with sports playing on the big screens above the bar, tables scatter throughout the pub, some areas with more intimate seating and outdoor seating as well.  They have a nice selection of beer and food.  I chose a stout from their brewery called Monumental Stout.  The description had me at coffee, as one of my favorite seasonal  beers back home is a Coffee Stout.  

From their website:

The Stout begins with a rich, roasted coffee bouquet and progresses through an array of milk and dark chocolate flavors. Beautiful medium body malt finish. ABV ~ 7.9%

Sounds good, right.  It was! At first sip,there was a strong roasted coffee taste (slightly bitter),but had a nice smooth finish. 

I also tried one of their Colorado Mountain Brewery specialties – Bison Poppers. These were jalapeños stuffed with ground buffalo and cream cheese.  Then it is wrapped in a thin pastry dough and dipped in a batter their menu says is their Ole ’59er Amber Ale Batter and fried.   It was so good!  Not too spicy, and had a wonderful crispy texture. The sauce was slightly sweet and complemented the mild spiciness of the jalapeños.

Unfortunately we will not be able to go back and try more from their menu.  If we venture to Colorado Springs again, I would definitely go back.