Thursday, August 26, 2010

Garden of the Gods, Colorado Springs, CO

Above is what the trip to Pike's Peak looked like the first time I went up. We passed thru 20' drifts, and that was in May.

Below is a picture of the output of Manitou Springs this year.

Another street scene from Manitou Springs

Out next stop the Garden of the gods. An area of water, wind and rain erosion that produces interesting shapes. Fred mentioned this in his comments, we wanted to see it.

The entrance to the Garden is this Balanced Rock. Nature does this in many places. We got to see many of them in Arizona and there is one called the Jefferson rock at Harper's Ferry.

This is the Garden's tourist trap. 'Garden of the Gods Trading post, circa 1900.They all have them and not really bad, we love to window shop but seldom buy. There were coffee cups for $8-15. We skipped them

I don't remember but two names of the nature sculps.

This one was called the 'Three Graces'.

You could see birds snuggled, or flying in and out of the many holes in the rock. There were many species of birds. Here are two loving pigeons.

Plaque on one of the large outcropings, Stating that the gift was fromt he Perkins family and it would ever be FREE to the public.

Colorado means 'red' in an indian language. This white outcropping seems nearly our of place among allthe red ones.

The highest formation is called 'Kissing Camels' As we drove in I mentioned it should be called kissing rocks.

In this one you can see some of the many holes for birds and animals to find a home and shelter.

Of course I did not show all the formations. They were all interesting. It was a good walk and well worth the price, FREE. It always amazes one like me who is used to obeying rules and laws, to see folks walk right past a sign that says 'KEEP OUT, area in process of restoration'.
Oh well, sometimes I wish I would do that, but alas, something stops me.
Thanks for going with us to the Garden of the Gods. This is just a sampling of natures sculpting. Arizona has great areas as will as Utah. Soon we will visit Moab in Utah.
Nite Shipslog

Variation Law - If you change lines (or traffic lanes), the one you were in will always move faster than the one you are in now (works every time).


madcobug said...

Thanks for sharing all this Jack. Everyone should obey the rules and laws. This family gave it to the people and they should respect their rules. I think it is a nice thing to restore things that needs it. On the variation law it works that way every time. Helen

That corgi :) said...

I had forgotten Garden of the Gods was free, so very neat! and gorgeous as always! glad you and Sherry enjoyed your time there!!


Shirl 72 said...

The Garden of the Gods if beautiful and very
interesting. I hope your computer don't blow
up with all your new pictures. You sure are
getting to see some beautiful sites. Stay cool.
I think I will use our young folks word


Shirl 72 said...

PS: The Garden of the Gods is beautiful not
if. please excuse mistakes. I be tired.


Fred Alton said...

What I would really like to do there Jack, is have a horse to ride and all day to just look at the varied and colorful rock formations. Don't know exactly why - but natural rock forms have always intrigued me. Thanks for sharing the pictures of your day.

BlueRidge Boomer said...

The best things in life are..."Free"


Glenda said...

Fascinating entry; I have a coffee table book of photographs of Garden of the Gods (purchased in
the hi-dollar gift shop:) You got some wonderful
shots, have you given any thought to publishing
a hard copy of the blog -- with photos?

Sheila said...

Hi Jack and Sherry, I am finally getting caught up on my blog reading...I can't remember the name off the top of my head, but when we went to Washington state from Texas we cut across a corner of Colorada and there was a mountain that had the face of a horse on it. I have a postcard of it somewhere. We went through Moab on the way too. It was interesting seeing things through New Mexico and up through Utah, but I didn't like the feeling of being out in the middle of nowhere...ha. We saw a school bus and wondered who are they picking up and where are they going...ha. Take care, loving your travels, Sheila

Dar said...

Oh how I envy your travels. Wonderful stuff you are sharing. I have never seen such red rock formations except through books and now you.
Thanks for sharing the Garden of the Gods. It truly is. I love where I live but am so intrigued by what is out there. Maybe when Bill retires, if he doesn't ' tire. '
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