(Panoramic View of similar rock formations – Garden of the Gods)
We have been doing lots of small adventures since being back in Washington, like hiking and walking the dogs, playing outside and visiting family. I have taken a lot of pictures I will eventually share, but while going through my camera, I found some awesome pictures from our last weekend in Colorado. We were driving near Littleton and the Chatfield Reservoir, and we realized how close we were to the mountains, but during our time in Colorado, we never actually went to the mountains! So, we started driving and we ended up in Deer Creek Canyon Park at the base of the mountains. It was so beautiful!
We got out and hiked and saw red rock formations that were very similar to Garden of the Gods. We drove around a lot, too, enjoying all of the pine trees; something we hadn’t seen in nearly a year. As we were exiting the park, Connor spotted a black bear standing against a fence on the side of the road, scouting out some bicyclists that had just passed. We slammed on our brakes to get a better look, but the bear quickly ran off. Connor had never seen a black bear outside of a zoo, so he was pretty excited. I was, too, because I was only expecting to see maybe a few deer. But a black bear, so close to the city and people, was pretty surprising.
Taking this last adventure to the mountains was the only thing left on my list to do in Colorado. I think if I hadn’t gotten just a little taste of the mountains before we left, I would have felt left out or like I was missing a big part of what Colorado has to offer. By no means was it the full experience, but, it was something, and it was enough for us before saying goodbye.