Spring Break vacation with kids be like
We felt like we have lived in Kansas long enough, it was high time we made the notoriously boring drive to our neighboring state of Colorado and check it out.
We looked into Denver, but it was more museums, sports and tours. All of which we love, but we do those a lot. Our awesome spin instructor grew up in Colorado Springs and would mention it on occasion when she visited, it always sounded like so much fun, so I asked her what we needed to do. She gave me a list of what we needed to hit and we headed out of town!
We had to stop for headphones. I send Brian to that part of Target to grab some. He came back with these awesome ones! He’s good at reminding me they won’t be small long and before we know it she wouldn’t want to wear something like this.
The drive is due west and known for absolutely nothing. It’s why Kansas is known for being flat and boring. But we did see hundreds (not an exaggeration!) of those big new wind mills, which I later researched and they are windmill farms! Who knew?!
There’s also very few towns, so we definitely peed on the side of the road.
We stopped to get super yummy popcorn in some random town!
We drove straight to Denver to spend the next morning there before heading to CO Springs. We wanted to tour the US Mint, but you have to reserve that and they were full. Lucky for us, Celestial Tea was also on our list to tour…and they weren’t full (go figure!) 🙂
No pictures from inside the tour, but it was a little sad to see how few people worked in the factory. There were a lot of machines. We saw I think 3 people the whole time.
But we had our hair nets on so you won’t be finding our hair in your tea!
Driving to CO Springs from Denver we saw this.
Then we saw a sign for “Castle Rock next exit” and took it!
It was a fun little hike (reminded me of Runyon Canyon in LA that Carolyn and I have done), not too too hard, but a great view from the top.
“Berkley, what are you doing?”
This is our children’s life in a nutshell…
Girls climbing with their daddy is sweet!
We make the boy go at it himself! 🙂
Day one in CO Springs, first stop: Manitou Springs. They advertise their 8 naturally occurring springs that you can drink from.
So this is what we started out looking for
We assumed we were looking for natural looking springs coming out of the ground. When we finally asked a local, she pointed to the water fountain.
This is my “oh my, that’s not what I was expecting” face. It’s basically lightly carbonated water.
We went around town and found and drank from all 8
There was a lot of this from the kids:
And a lot of this:
But they tried them all.
Each fountain was unique, so even though we weren’t drinking out of the ground like we thought, it was still fun to see them!
We take them to another state and they have the best time at the playground…
This one’s pretty great cause he looks like a dog licking it!!
That’s Brian spitting it back out this time. This one had a VERY strong iron/metal taste.
It warranted some dramatic reactions….
This spring was right outside the restaurant we ate lunch at…
…and they use it to make “adult lemonade” which was fantastic! Mineral water springs redeemed!!!
Then there was the Penny Arcade. No, it’s not really a penny to play, which was a let down, but let’s be honest, that’s unrealistic! 🙂
It was only $.25 for each game of Skee-Ball though!
And they had never played pin ball before, so now that they have we’ve redeemed ourselves as parents.
Brian found this girl dressed as Marty Jr!! She dresses up just cause!
Patsy’s Candy had funnel cakes!!
All in all, a cute little hippy town that was for sure worth exploring! It’s also home to the train that takes you up to Pikes Peak, but we weren’t sure about altitude, so we skipped that one. I’ve only heard horror stories about altitude sickness and it wasn’t worth the risk. (And also I’m terrified of heights, but let’s stick to the altitude excuse…)
More to come…