Bucket List Item #14 – Garden of the Gods
Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA
Alright guys, I’m going to attempt to chat about all of the bucket list items I’ve already crossed off my list and also talk about the new ones as I get there. You’ll have to bear with me as it’s been a while since I did some of these things.
I think it’s actually really great to start with Garden of the Gods. As most of you know, I’m originally from Colorado and even I have things I have forgotten to do in my own backyard. I still have 4 or 5 items on my Colorado list that I somehow keep not doing when I’m back home and I’ve checked off two new items on visits in the past two years. It’s an important topic to me because I hear so often how people envy me and they can’t afford to travel. Obviously, we’d all love to see the world, but just because you can’t afford to backpack through Europe or take a river boat down the Nile doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the shit at home! I’m from Colorado and I’m still continually discovering new things to do when I go back for a visit. This last time I was in Denver I went to some really cool new spots. Have you tried The Inventing Room? I had some delicious desserts that were sooo cool to watch the staff make and even had a dessert called “The Upside Down” inspired by Stranger Things that literally looked like the Upside Down. I also went to Habit Doughnut Dispensary and had donuts filled with booze because THAT’S FUCKING DOPE.
Point is don’t you ever think you can’t experience some fab shit at home.
ANNNDDD back to the Garden of the Gods. Dave and I had somehow lived in Colorado for most of our lives and entirely missed the Garden of the Gods. It was a gaping hole in our Colorado library of shit to do, so when we went to Manitou Springs one Valentine’s Day we had a little day adventure. It was so beautiful and a great afternoon activity. We didn’t do anything hardcore like bike through the park, but we drove around a did a little trail to see some of the rock formations a little better. We even paid a visit to their visitor’s center and listened to some rangers talk about animals and how the Garden of Gods formed over time. Albeit we did this with a large group of children, but then again that’s never stopped us before. We even got to hold turtles! No matter how many places and ways we meet animals we’re still excited.
Did you know the Garden of the Gods was created millions of years ago from some activity along a fault line? There’s even evidence of prehistoric people in the park around 1330 BC and later Native American tribes settled or camped here, including my Lakota ancestors. It’s just magical the way the mountains meet desert here.
I’ve tracked down literally two photos from this trip and sadly I have no idea where most of them have disappeared to. I used to have a bunch from our day here. I think I learned I need a better system to keep track of this. SMH.
So, who here has been to the Garden of the Gods? What was your favorite thing about the park? What did I miss? Tell me in the comments.