When we told the kids we were heading to Colorado, the only place they really wanted to visit was the Garden of the Gods. Granted, they didn't really know what else was out there, but they had a one track mind on this. So it was our number one 'must do.'
At the entrance of our parking area, there was a trail guide pointing out all of the various geological 'structures,' like the Kissing Camels shown in the second photo. We had fun renaming almost all of them!
This was one of our last stops on the Colorado trip, and we had told the boys that it may not happen...you know...keep them on their toes a little bit. So they were pretty stoked when we got there!
Ah, but the disappointment quickly set in when we made them get down and stop climbing. Without a permit and (naturally) the correct gear, climbing is not allowed. We had not come prepared to climb, but we did spend a long time watching the ones who had.
We spent a lot of time walking the trails and exploring the plant life in the area. It's pretty different from what we're used to seeing at home and on our east coast jobs. It was morning, not too hot yet, and the day was shaping up to be a beauty!
As we were leaving, we discovered the area that is set up for climbing. We had watched the rock climbers from the trail, and the boys were a little disappointed that they weren't able to climb, so we let them crawl all over this area. All four of us enjoyed that hour!!
What you can't see in this picture is that the oldest has just fallen off a rock and disappeared into.....well, apparently a mini-cave that he found.
Isn't the view stunning??
Rocks & Minerals Unit Study