We met up with Don the next day to make the trek down to the Royal Gorge. This was one time that our campground location actually won out because the Royal Gorge was south of where we were. We drove for a while and once we got onto the property where the gorge was, we starting seeing evidence of a fire that had happened. There were charred trees- many with varying amounts of branches. Uncle Don mentioned about a "wildfire a few years ago", but we didn't realize the full gravity of what happened. In 2013, the place was completely devastated with most things burning to the ground. They did an amazing job rebuilding and reopening. There is an excellent movie in their theater about the fire and rebuilding.
|Logan found a new favorite toy!
|View to the bottom.
|Our awesome crew!
|I enjoy seeing cacti in the wild for some reason.
|Yep. That aerial gondola. (Note, Don basically said "oh heck no!")
|This is not reassuring as we went to get on.
|Two of my favorite people.
|It's so hard to reflect the scale in pictures. But it was way, way, way down there.
|Looking back over the gorge where we're about to be flying high.
|Selfies while they waited.
|Up we go!
|Flying out over the gorge. So wild.
|She rocked it. Like a star.
|Over looking the pathway.
|This train survived the fire.
|My reasons for everything.
|I'd LOVE to drive across the bridge!
|Looking back at the Skycoaster.
|Looking down through the slats.
|Is this a problem?!
|Looking down to the river below.
|Incline Railway that was destroyed by the fire.
|Maintenance cutting the lock.
|Destroyed relationship. (smile)
|Fire without kindling is always tricky to build!
|There's nothing quite like burgers cooked on a fire.
|The dynamic duo.
|My beautiful bride and I.
|Staying until closing time has its perks- no crowds!
|Native American museum display.
On Monday, I had the camper scheduled to have some work done. To make getting the camper dropped off easier and to give us a place to be on Monday, we got a hotel room for the night. The kids loved having some indoor pool time- even if it was very cold and they tried to crowd me in the hot tub!
While there, we did a little bit of shopping for Paige. We got her hiking boots to try and protect her ankles a bit more. She still suffers from a slip on a trail that happened back in April. I left the girls to do some grocery shopping at Walmart while Logan and I went to pick up the camper. When it wasn't ready, he and I went down and played on a playground.
|Monkey on the monkey bars.
|Logan found the leaf bug wildly exciting.
|Walmart with a view.
|None of the gas stations in the ski resort area were big enough for our combined size; the solution: unhitch the truck in a grocery store and go fill up.
|And with that, we left Colorado.
This is part 2 of a 3-part blog post of our time in Colorado Springs (links to part 1 and part 2). As usual, these blog entries contain a lot of pictures but there are even way more on Flickr (300+ photos and 6 videos - seriously).