Wednesday, we went out to Pike's Peak. We rode the COG railroad up the mountain - because of the snow & ice, we could "only" go about 14, 000 feet. It was absolutely breathtaking! And a little scary once we got to the snow-covered parts of the mountain... Eeep! God is such a beautiful artist! We stopped on the way down the mountain, at about 12, 000 feet, I think?, for a bit of a break. Our driver, Andy, was super cute & very friendly. The Lord blessed us w/ amazing seats - in the back/front of the train, where we had an unobstructed view & also leg room! : ) The seating arrangement was perfect for me so I wasn't squished in w/ ppl I don't know & I didn't have to face ppl. Thank you, Jesus! And on the way down the mountain, Andy was right by us. He very kindly answered questions for us & chatted w/ us!
After we got back to the station & did a little souvenir shopping, we headed to lunch/dinner at Panino's, a local restaurant in the area. It was pretty good, but the sandwiches were HUUUUGE so I brought half back w/ me to eat later. LOL
Then we headed to Garden of the Gods. SO NEAT! Again, breathtakingly beautiful! God, I feel so blessed to have been given the opportunity to see all of this! : )
We got back to the hotel way late - very long day, but so worth it!!!
I finished Tempting Tatum (love love love) and started Only This by Hadley Quinn & am so far loving it! Glad I've had great books to choose from!!
Sleeeeeep! ; )
Today, we didn't want to venture far from "home" since we'll be in the car all day tomorrow - I can't believe this week has gone by SO FAST & we're heading back to Iowa tomorrow. Well, back to Omaha tomorrow & then Iowa on Saturday. : )
So, today, we also had a lot of fun, tho! We started the day w/ breakfast, of course. And then coffee. *grin* And then we went to IKEA, because we don't have one at home & I LOVE IT THERE! Seriously, I just get a happy while walking around all of their displays... *swoon* I found a really neat frame that I'm going to put some postcards from this trip into, and a throw blanket that is just like a cableknit sweater, and some jars for the kitchen... And Kris found some great stuff, too, including a new messenger bag for her laptop & she got it ON SALE! Woot!! : ) We also had a snack - I needed to have some Swedish Meatballs & Lingonberry jam. Yummy!!
Kris found a nice, relaxing chair. : )
I had to take a picture of the dog butt hooks! LOL
I sent it to Jen to show Leyton. : )
I MAY be slightly obsessed w/ islands... ; )
After IKEA, we headed to Hammond's Candy for a tour of the facility to see how the candy is made, free samples, and of course some shopping... I got Mom a Whoopie Pie candy bar and myself a bacon & potato chip candy bar to try... And they were having a sale, too, so I picked up some treats for Joy's kiddos as well as Leyton & Anthony & Bret... heh. It was a really neat place!!
Next up was a recommendation of Kristen Ashley's - when I knew this trip was happening, I asked her for two recommendations of what I had to visit while in Denver, and one of her suggestions was My Brother's Bar. I wasn't sure what to expect, but it's just a neighborhood bar that has a really NEAT vibe. We had some food & drink & just soaked up the atmosphere - and the REALLY CUTE bartender... *grin* I wish I would have gotten a shirt, but we didn't realize they sold them until we were leaving, and at that point I was having a mild panic attack because our seat choice was like right in the middle of the bar & I'd kept it together for about as long as I could...
ANYWAY! *laugh* After that, we headed to an antique mall where Monica & Sam have a booth. We looked around at all sorts of fun things & I found something for Trish & something for Bret. Hooray! Kris found some cobalt blue stuff that she really liked, too. : )
The weather all week has been really odd (according to Kris), but I think it has been really blessed, too. It's been sunny & GORGEOUS while we've been out doing things, and it's only started raining/storming at the end of the day/evening, when we've been indoors. Again, thank you, Jesus!!
After the antique mall, we had to stop into Target for a couple things & then came back to the hotel for dinner & drinks & then Kris went to visit w/ a friend & I stayed here to write up these lovely blog posts & do some reading of Only This. : )
So, that's Colorado! I can't even express how grateful I am for this opportunity!!! I really hope & pray I'll be able to come back w/ Mom and/or Leyton. There are some super fun things I think he & maybe Anthony would enjoy, too... : )
I was worried about Angel, but have been keeping tabs w/ Bret & altho she's been hiding out in my room & had at least one accident, Bret said she is eating, so that's good. Hopefully she'll not be too mad me when I get back!
Thanks for taking the time to read through my accounts & look at my pictures. I'm sure a lot of it you may have seen on FB! *laugh* And I'm sure I'm forgetting some things, as well...
TTFN! LOVE YOU!!! : )