What I didn’t mention yesterday was that while we were at the cabin, Alex lost a tooth. A very cantankerous tooth that refused to come out even with the permanent tooth 90% of the way in. It was a problem tooth and it was a huge deal to get that sucker out of the way, so when it was out, Alex decided that rather than toting the tooth back to Texas, he wanted to bury it down by the pond. He wanted to always remember that there’s a little part of him in Colorado. Pretty cool kiddo. That night, the tooth fairy came.
Once that chunk of cash was tucked safely in his wallet, we headed out for the day. About 10 miles from our cabin, we passed this enormous, still-active goldmine (more on that tomorrow….). Look at that. Years and years of mining for the shiny stuff all stacked up into its own kind of mountain. It gave me a funny feeling in my tummy. I feel for our planet, BUT…we exist and none of us want to stop existing any time soon, so…what do ya’ do?
As we passed through the cute little town of Cripple Creek, Shayne and I got so tickled at this sign that he u-turned so I could grab this shot. How can you not laugh at that??
Donkeys at large. *snort*
And my giggles didn’t stop as we passed this sand sculpture…
79th Annual what? I don’t know. I was just quick enough to get the shot without seeing what it was all about.
We kept on our way to Woodland Park and the scenery was, of course, magnificent.
We visited a little, very kid-friendly dinosaur museum.
And then we headed to the incredible Garden of the Gods.
I fell in love with the Kissing Camels. Can you spot them?
Everywhere you look in the Garden, you find more and more amazing formations. Just when I thought I couldn’t love our planet more….wow.
And some more wow.
We climbed up to Balancing Rock. 700 tons of rock formed millions of years ago. Just hanging out. Not falling. Just doing it’s rock thing.
700 freakin’ tons of rock.
Love this view as you leave the park. One more ‘wow’.
If you’ve never been…..go.
Again, I say: To Be Continued!