A Spring Trip to Colorado

Last month, we flew to Denver for a Hillsdale College National Leadership Seminar.  The subject was Churchill, and how his life and accomplishments are relevant to us today.  We listened to many great speakers, and met fellow Hillsdale supporters.  Here is what we saw from our hotel room when we woke up the first day there:

The Rockies, from the tenth floor of our hotel
The Rockies, from the tenth floor of our hotel

After the Seminar was finished, we had time for sightseeing.  We spent a day with my freshman year college roommate, who still lives in Denver.  They took us around town, to the college campus (which is a different college now), and up to Lookout Mountain.  Here’s the view down toward Golden (home of Coors).

Please also note that the Coors family are big Hillsdale supporters.

Golden CO, from Lookout Mountain, Denver
Golden CO, from Lookout Mountain, Denver

We then drove down to Colorado Springs, to meet up with some fellow Ricochet members.  We saw this fellow in the back yard of some new Ricochet friends.

Scrub Jay
Scrub Jay

Our next stop was the Garden of the Gods Park, a beautiful public facility, built among some pretty spectacular rock formations.  I was a picture-taking fool, all along the paved trails among the spires.  Here are some.

Balancing rocks, Garden of the Gods
Balancing rocks, Garden of the Gods
Rock formation, Garden of the Gods
Rock formation, Garden of the Gods
Rock climber, Garden of the Gods
Rock climber, Garden of the Gods

Yes, rock-climbing is permitted there, and we saw a few climbers that day.

Magpie at Garden of the Gods
Magpie at Garden of the Gods

Magpies are pretty common, but we love their pretty black and white (and some green) plumage.

Red bluff, Garden of the Gods
Red bluff, Garden of the Gods

The following day, we were set to fly home in the late afternoon, so we decided to take a drive partway up Pike’s Peak.

Pike's Peak from Colorado Springs
Pike’s Peak from Colorado Springs
Halfway up Pike's Peak
Halfway up Pike’s Peak
Colorado Springs from Pike's Peak.  Blowing snow.
Colorado Springs from Pike’s Peak. Blowing snow.

Only one major adventure remained.  We poorly planned our trip the last day, and we ended up missing our flight home by about 1/2 hour.  Since there is no such thing as an “airport hotel” by the new Denver airport (the nearest lodging is 12 miles away), we spent the night, awake, in the airport, waiting for the next flight at 6AM.  That picture below, in my post entitled “What is the subject of this picture?”, is the ceiling of the main hall in the Denver airport (yeah, I was a picture-taking fool there too).  All in all, a very eventful trip.

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