Last month we decided to switch things up a bit and take a quick vacation to Colorado Springs, CO. It is my birthplace, and I loved going back to visit when I was a child, so we decided to take advantage of the offseason and a spectacular airfare deal. It was ironic that the last day we were there was my birthday. It made it an extraordinary trip.
Madison was able to experience some amazing sights while we were there. Our most favorite is Garden of the Gods. We spent the majority of our trip there. They also have a fantastic Junior Rangers Badge program. I highly recommend it! You can purchase the booklet in their gift store, complete it, and turn it in to receive a special badge and become an official Garden of the Gods Junior Ranger. It is super cool!
Madison with her Junior Ranger Patch and Certificate.
Madison also got to go horseback riding through the Garden of the Gods. I highly recommend Academy Riding Stables. The experience was amazing!
Madison also loved sifting the buckets of sand for rocks and minerals at The Garden of the Gods Trading Post!
During our trip, we visited the Manitou Cliff Dwellings.
And we explored the Cave of the Winds. Naomi was the best tour guide, and Madison loved her! She answered all of Madison’s questions along the way. Madison also loved the Bat-A-Pult and the Wind Walker Challenge Course!
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We did go to Seven Falls, but unfortunately, it is not the same since the Broadmore purchased it. They decided to close early without telling anyone prior and only lit the falls at night on Saturday and Sunday, even though it is not posted anywhere on their website.
When I visited Colorado Springs as a child, I remembered eating at an excellent German restaurant. I confirmed with my dad that it indeed was Edelweiss. I knew that while we were visiting that we had to stop and eat there. I am so glad we did. You know that when you remember a restaurant that you hadn’t talked about for over 25 years, it has to be good. And it was SO good. The salad reminded me of my grandma’s with the cucumbers, potatoes and beets, green beans, and tomatoes. It was memorable, and I won’t wait another 25 years to back again!!! Madison loved the atmosphere and had Jeff take pictures of her through the restaurant! This is a must-stop if you are in the area!