Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Trip out West

Hubby and I just returned from a road trip to Colorado and Arizona!

Colorado is one of our favorite spots and we hadn't been there for several years.  We went to Manitou Springs and enjoyed Pikes Peak by way of the Cog railway,  Garden of the Gods, Seven Falls, and the magnificent cliff dwellings!

We then drove through Durango to Mesa Verde National Park and saw the even bigger cliff dwellings.  Wow, they were impressive.  Those people worked hard to live!  How lucky we are to live in this day and age.

Then we drove over to the Grand Canyon's North Rim.  Nineteen years ago we saw the South.  They are very different views.  We enjoyed both.  Incredible!   We were only there for a few hours and we didn't get to see the sunrise or sunset.  If we had to do it again, we would stay in one of those quaint little cabins and spend a day or two.
It was very hot and being in the sun was miserable.  Our daughter, Stacey, and son in law, Mike,  hiked down into the cabin a couple of years ago and loved the experience.  Not us, we are too old and out of shape for anything like that!  As we were driving out of the canyon area, the temperature was 110 degrees.  Thank God for air conditioning!

The most unusual and fun thing we did occurred at the Garden of the Gods:

 Yep, we rode "SEGWAYS"!

We always try doing different things on vacations. We've rode four wheelers in Hawaii and Alaska, ziplined in Alaska, and  hot air ballooned in Albuquerque. 

The segways were so much fun ONCE we learned how to use them.  It is definitely different and steering was the main thing I had trouble with.  While practicing, I got a little too close to a parked segway and turned improperly and down I went!  But it was the 5 second rule and I was up and good and ready to go on.  We headed out in the bicycle path on the road and rode for an hour around the park.  It was a little stressful at the beginning but we got the hang of it very quickly and had no problems whatsoever.  We didn't do these kind of things when we were younger and are trying to make up for it now! 

We also managed to find several geocaches along the way!  Always fun to do them!  Even found one without a GPS!  And that's another story for another day.  

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