On this perfect Saturday in Colorado, T and I decided to journey all over this mountainous region (ok as much as we could handle in one day – roughly 453 miles and 12 hours, but who’s counting). I hadn’t explored too much of Colorado outside of Denver, Boulder and Vail, so why not try something new?
We woke up early, got our gear together (cameras, winter coats and snacks) and hopped in the 911 for a fun-filled day of driving fast and checking out the beautiful landscapes.
It started with a snowy drive up to the top of Pike’s Peak in Colorado Springs. It’s a beaut, Clark. From 80-degree weather at the bottom of the mountain, we made the 18-mile drive to the top where it was roughly 21 degrees. Not including the wind chill and the high altitude we hit (~14,100 feet). Altitude and I have a fun relationship. I get the giggles like nobody’s business. For instance, T had opened up his Sigg bottle to get a drink once we stopped, and BOOM – there was smoothie all over him and the car. Oh altitude. This somehow made me DIE laughing. For a solid 5 minutes. Ha, oh it’s still funny looking back.
From there, we traveled to Great Sand Dunes National Park. This place. Oh – it’s so random to see the largest sand dunes in North America – and in Colorado of all places. I mean. Once we parked, T grabbed his camera gear and I grabbed a water bottle and my trusty iPhone aka my camera (I should upgrade that to a real camera, shouldn’t I?).
And these sand dunes did not disappoint. I felt like I was transported to the desert. Other than the fact that many locals and possibly tourists found this to be the perfect spot for some beach-like play time. With a river flowing right along the entire edge, there was a big sandy playground that both kids and adults enjoyed.
Then we took a different route back home. More scenic through the mountains, but no cell service, therefore no Pandora. I played DJ with my phone and what little music I had on it and T got to drive fast, which I
secretly so love too. Fast car + cute boy + good tunes = my happy place.
So we started with sunshine, hit up some snow and ended with the sand dunes. Not a bad way to spend a Saturday. Not bad at all.