Freddy Fables, adventures of a Sheltie and friends
Colorado Springs: Garden of the Gods
Our first photo at the Garden of the Gods – in awe!
Peek a boo!
Hi everyone! Teddy here :). Last night we made our way to Colorado Springs. We decided to stay an extra day in Santa Fe – the winds were so high that we thought we were better off not to travel. So we took a day off and refreshed our batteries – you can see what I mean……this is Kim’s idea of re-energizing. I think she is right!
Kim said sometimes, you just need a nap – and we agree – see punk Levi in the front and me hiding in the back? 🙂
We made our way to Colorado Springs and are staying at an RV park called Garden of the Gods. It is named for a local park that is close by and we think it is amazing. Kim said this might just be the highlight of the trip. It is so beautiful and was “unexpected”. We travelled to Colorado Springs because the trip was only about 5 hours, and she thinks that is enough for one day……. that’s how we ended up finding this great spot!
Well…..we had a great time today exploring Garden of the Gods. This park has been rated the #1 Park in the US by Trip Advisor and we agree! It welcomes us furry kids – we can go anywhere here :). We started at the visitor centre and a very nice lady recommended a couple of trails for us to walk. She said they aren’t meant for endurance, but they are meant for enjoyment!
Garden of the Gods is a public park that was designated a National Natural Landmark in 1971. In 1879 Charles Elliot Perkins purchased 480 acres of land that included a portion of the present Garden of the Gods. Upon his death, his family gave the land to the City of Colorado Springs in 1909, with the provision that it would be a free public park. What an awesome idea!
Garden of the Gods – Amazing scenery everywhere!
Oh my goodness – I hope we don’t see a rattlesnake!
Siamese twins Walk
Siamese twins Walk
Pike Peak in the background – snow should be gone in 2 weeks
White peak, red rock
John tried to push a big rock called the Balanced Rock…..he said he budged it – I think that maybe he did (or maybe not…..lol). But he is pretty strong….
So folks….if you are ever in Colorado, I highly recommend this park both for our persons and for our furry friends. Big paws up! I think I may suggest they change the name to Garden of the Dogs!
Next on our agenda of the day…. we visited the town of Manitou Springs, which is very close to where we are staying. This town is know for it’s mineral springs and mountain landscapes, dominated by soaring Pikes Peak. It is also a tourist town full of shops, galleries, and candy stores – oh boy – Kim was happy to see the candy! This was a cool little town to spend an hour or so exploring. Kim found some jalapeño peanut brittle and some great “raw” chocolate – Kim and John shared an iced mocha and some chocolates….. and of course, we posed for some photo opportunities.
Home of the Jalapeño Peanut Brittle
Wait for it….the heat will come after you have the first few bites. yikes!
Delicious raw chocolate
Worth a stop!
Manitou Springs has a few water “fountains” on the Main Street. John was very excited to fill up our water bottles…… until he had a drink. It has C02 that comes from the underground spring. Well – that was a big surprise. Not John’s favourite ….. lol. He said to Kim “This tastes bad- want to try it?” I don’t know about you, but when someone says that – best not to try. 🙂
Before the taste test
Our last stop of the day – the off leash dog park in Colorado Springs! This is a great park in Bear Creek. The best one we’ve seen in our travels! It has an area for small dogs and one for large dogs. It also has a creek running through it and an agility area. Levi and Frazier loved running through the tunnels. They had a great watering station for us too! We give this park a very enthusiastic paws up! Great job Colorado!
Levi test the waters!
Frazier really like this watering hole! He was thirsty
Hanging out at the creek
We haven’t seen this before in a park – agility course!
Frazier strutting his stuff in the tunnel!
That’s Levi’s butt – lol 🙂
You can do it Frazier!
Our last note from Colorado……we saw lots of these around town – Kim said it might explain why so many people get the munchies here….. not sure I understand what that means 🙂
There are 4 different shops within walking distance of our RV park – they are always busy!
Legal in Colorado – coming soon to Canada?
Here are a few odds and ends from our travels between Santa Fe, NM and Colorado Springs, Colorado:
Crossing the Colorado Border
Colorado Rest Stop
Rio Grande Gorge NM
And folks, when you see a Donut sign like this, you just have to stop. Especially when it is called Lov N Oven. This is in Espanola, New Mexico. Homemade donuts – John gives it 2 thumbs up. Make sure to stop in at these small places – you just never know what will happen.
Check out that sign – you know it has to be good!
Boston Cream Donut…..yumm
Thanks for sharing our adventures with us. There are so many sad things happening in the world right now, that sometimes you need a little escape.
I wish everyone adventures and joy in their life and things that make you go “wow” and “paws up!” Everyone deserves some happiness.
Later folks! We are off to Casper, Wyoming tomorrow to our next stop. Headed home to Toon town!