Pictures from our stop at Helen Hunt Falls in Cheyenne Mountain Park. The falls were named after Helen Hunt Jackson, a poet and activist from the late 1800. Of course, another rainy day walk as it rained most of our time there.
Brett at the bottom of the falls taking a picture of me taking pictures of him.
All above were taken from our balcony at our hotel in Colorado Springs. As I was taking a picture of the mountain with the fog rolling in a magpie flew on to the balcony above us. I leaned over to get a blurry shot of him with a big bug. I then realized the trees near us also had magpies in them. This was my first timing seeing these. They are in the crow family but are much prettier than our fish crows back home.
I took a quick walk around the property before we headed out for the day and saw all of the above.
I had read that there was lots of wildlife on the hotel property but when I got to the lake there were the same ole birds I see at home. I thought “Really, I flew halfway across the country to see gulls, mallards and cormorants?” I get those in my backyard at home. But I did see a few different things over the week.
Our view from the hotel. The first morning was the only time we saw Cheyenne Mountain. After this it was completely covered in fog.
We spent a morning walking around in the drizzle at Garden of the Gods.
An afternoon at Cave of the Winds. The view from the parking lot is above.
The above were on the road to Cripple Creek.
Spent a short time walking around the grounds of Glen Eyrie Castle. You can stay here but they book up fast. Maybe next year.
Helen Hunt Falls in Cheyenne Mountain Park.
It was hard to believe that just two weeks after Hurricane Irma passed through our area we were waking up in the foothills of Cheyenne Mountain just west of Colorado Springs. We had planned this trip back in early spring and there were a lot of hurdles to get through before we could relax on our vacation including a 7 hour flight delay getting there. Relaxing wasn’t high on the list for the vacation though. We spent every day outside in the rain and drizzle walking around. Even in the fog and rain, the area was insanely beautiful. Or maybe it was because we aren’t accustomed to seeing the mountains on a daily basis. I guess some of the people who grew up here would say the same thing about our beaches in Florida. We hit most of the places on our wish list but due to weather missed a few as well. All the more reason to go back in the near future. I took a ton of pictures and am just starting to edit them. More later.