Friday, February 6, 2009

If you are ever in Colorado Springs . . .

We spent last weekend in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Although we were there for the blessing of our new (and only) grand-daughter, we also got out one day to see the sights. We love Arizona, but every time we go to Colorado we wonder why we live here and not there (unless it is snowing, and then we don't have to ask:-). Here are some of the sights we were treated to.

Dominating the landscape is Pike's Peak, named for the explorer Zebulon Pike. It is located 10 miles to the west of Colorado Springs and is one of 54 mountains in Colorado that are over 14,000 feet high (called "fourteeners").

Although this mountain is not as dominant, it is still very interesting to me. (Sorry the picture isn't better we took it quickly on our way out of town). The left side of this mountain is Cheyenne Mountain where NORAD is located. Here they "collect data from a worldwide system of satellites, radars, and other sensors and process that information in real time. Operations are conducted around the year in the Air Warning Center, Missile Correlation Center, Operational Intelligence Watch, Systems Center, Weather Center, and the Command Center" (that was taken from Wikipedia)

One of the favorite things we did was visit the "Garden of the God's," a natural park filled with interesting rock formations. The weather was beautiful that day, and although there was still some snow on the ground, all we needed to keep warm was a light jacket.
This picture gives a good example of the various formations. I particularly liked this one because of the sun. I don't think I have ever taken a picture of the sun like that before, especially when there was such a wonderfully blue sky out.

We all enjoyed this formation. I don't know the name of it (perhaps someone from Colorado can enlighten?) but here is the back of it.

And here is the front. My husband thought it looked like three monks. Notice how blue the sky is though. I have never seen a sky like that before. It isn't just that there aren't any clouds, but the intensity of the blue was amazing.

We got a kick out of this one. Can you find the two camels kissing?
And I could not close this post, without just one more baby picture. Here is a closeup of her dress. I also love this picture because it just makes me want to pick her up and hug her! Oh, how sad it is to be so far away! I can't wait until next month, when baby and mother are coming to Arizona to visit.


Dave and Camille said...

Too cute! I loved how informative it was. I am so impressed with your photography skills... you should seriously think about doing more with that. See you next month! :)

Emma T said...

I didn't know that about NORAD. As a matter of fact, I didn't know what it was at all, I had just heard about it. The pictures were beautiful and I loved seeing the blessing dress up close. Thanks for sharing.

Heidi Ashworth said...

She is beautiful! We loved the time we spent living in Colorado but we were in Littleton/Denver area where there is far less snow than Colo Springs. It truly is a wonderful place to live (but we like California better b/c it's home).

JUST ME, THE MOM said...

Such beautiful photographs, must have been a wonderful experience! But my favorite I think is the beautiful little grandbaby - how precious, and all dressed up in the sweet gown. Best wishes to all!

Momza said...

Great pics and a really fun post. Of course, I am possibly biased because I live in the Springs, but even if I didn't I would wish I did. haha
Isn't it funny that we think we get less snow than Denver and they think we get more?? It's always been that way. lol
Anyway, I really enjoyed this post!

Debi (Dubs2007) said...

oh my goodness what a beautiful baby!!