We've lived in Castle Rock for over 5 years now. Small town living at its finest. And when we start hankering for a little city life we head to Denver. We don't get a hankering very often. Occasionally we go for a meal, a trip to the Zoo, a special outing to visit a boutique shop or a cool exhibit. But otherwise we're happy in our little world, a good 20 minutes south of big D. But alas, just 30 minutes South of us is another fair city - Colorado Springs. We never go there. Like, ever.
We don't have anything specifically against the Springs. We just don't know it very well (ok, Shawn did live there briefly out of college when he worked for Current, and, as he tells me every time we drive through the Springs, he had a killer view of Pike's Peak). We drive through the Springs on the way to my mother in law's house in Canon City. Or on my once a year trip to Texas. But on the norm, we see Colorado Springs about once a year. That is, until this summer. I've officially renamed this summer "The Summer of The Springs," 'cause for some reason we have been there more often in the last few weeks than our entire time in the state of Colorado.
A few weeks ago we took the kids to see the Cave of the Winds. Cool (literally, and figuratively). We had breakfast at an old cafe in old town that has possibly been there since the gold rush. Enormous pancakes. I drove through Colorado Springs four times last week when I made a couple of round trips to Walsenburg Colorado to pick up and drop off my mama, who rode into Colorado with a friend who vacations in Walsenburg. More information than was needed, huh? I stopped for snacks for the boys in Colorado Springs both ways on one of those trips. Last weekend we hit up The Cog Railway, which took us to the top of Pike's Peak, our first visit there since we've lived here. Again, another diner breakfast, another enormous pancake.
In addition to those few trips, Shawn and I will be spending our anniversary at the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs in a few weeks. The Broadmoor is one of the loveliest hotels in Colorado, if not the entire United States. It is a gift from my mother in law and we can hardly wait. We'll dine in style, relax in their infinity pool, order cocktails at one of their fancy bars, and most importantly - SLEEP IN! And a few weeks after that I'll be shooting a family reunion photography session for an awesome family that I'm sort of kind of related to. Another chance to visit the fair city!
So while there are things about Colorado Springs that I don't love -- the traffic sucks big time, and in certain areas it is not the most scenic of places, let's be clear -- there's a lot that it offers, and obviously this summer we're going to explore as much of it as possible. We'll see you next summer Denver, Colorado Springs has us on reservation for Summer 2010...