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.