Day 529 of Life on the Road as a Family

IMG_8224A view of Garden of the Gods from the visitors center.  Not at all what I remembered, it’s a small park with beautiful rock formations tucked into a suburban landscape.  It’s amazing how time changes your memories.  We were so happy to see the Rocky Mtns in the background, because the continual rain had them hidden for most of May.

IMG_8245We did a few short hikes in the park, many of them on paved trails.  Gorgeous day, perfect temperature, no one was fighting with anyone else.

IMG_8264Until we got to this rock.  I thought it would be so funny to have them pretend to hold up the rock while I took the pic.  There were very few people around when they started climbing to it, but it’s a famous balancing rock, so more people came.  At first they didn’t understand what I meant, then they finally did, and I took the pic.  I was laughing, and my laughter was bouncing back to me from the rock.  My family wasn’t laughing.  Other tourists standing with me were, then they all scrambled up to copy our pose. “See, it was a good idea!”

IMG_8265Next, we had a private tour of the Glen Eyerie castle from Susan’s daughter, Caitlyn.  She’s volunteering with the Navigators and offered to show us around.  It is gorgeous!  You can have a conference there or book a weekend or send your kids to day camp.  Nestled in the mountains, you cannot even tell it’s there from the main road.  We bought The Messenger bible that the original founder wrote, and it really is in readable, understandable English.  So special to get to see the area with Caitlyn.

IMG_8295Another storm brewing when we got home.  Last night we had 37 minutes of hail and prayers that it wasn’t denting the rig, the tow vehicle, or Nate in the tent! We didn’t go out to get him because we thought he might actually be sleeping through it… he wasn’t, but he enjoyed himself in the tent and didn’t want to come in!  The land for this park was donated by a family who could no longer use it for ranching.  We are right on the side of the NORAD mountain, so for security reasons, there are many things that couldn’t be built here.  And if you think NORAD just does Santa, you should Google it.  Amazing what they do, and kind of creepy to be camping right by it.

About sallyljacobson

I live in paradise again, Bend Oregon, after a 19 month RV trip around North America with our 2 teenagers and 2 dogs. It was the adventure of a lifetime, and now I'm on to my next one - selling real estate to those lucky enough to move to Bend. The trip blog is and my current blog is Follow along, I'd love to be in touch with you!

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