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Colorado (aka: Starbucks haven)

This last week-ish I went on a vacation with my parents to Colorado. 2 of the things I LOVE about Colorado:

1. No humidity: my hair looked great EVERY day!
2. Starbucks on EVERY corner (I do not exaggerate)

Anyway, we checked out the Denver and Colorado Springs area. It was VERY beautiful up there-- so I wanted to share a few of my favorite pictures/moments.

Mom, me, and Dad
One of the first places we went was to the oldest standing house in Denver, Colorado... Sadly I don't remember the name. And for some reason they had a teepee on the property... Anyway, you got to walk around and see old buildings and carriages and animals. They hold big celebrations there-- like an old fashioned 4th of July celebration. We took a tour of the house and our tour guide was VERY knowledgeable about all things OLD.

  
Root cellar where they kept ice and food-- supposedly it's like 50 degrees inside.



The next day we hit up the Denver zoo... Time for classic animal shots!




Then we headed up to an old mine... Maybe the Argo Mill? And we took a little tour. At the end of the tour you get to pan for gold and keep what you find... I found a stiff back and sore neck from leaning over. I don't know how those miners handled it.

Old mine cars

Inside the tunnel!

Panning for some gold to take home!

The next day we hit up Garden of the Gods-- basically a free national park where you can walk around those awesome rock formations-- some people even climb them!

Garden of the Gods


That same day (we were in a nature kind of mood) we drove up Pike's Peak. It was freezing up top, thanks to the wind. On our way down we even saw Bigfoot (see picture below)...

Dad at the peak

View from the top

A deer we saw on the way down-- it posed perfectly

Bigfoot and me

The next day we explored the United States Air Force Academy and (my personal favorite) the US Olympic training center! We actually saw a gymnast practicing-- and they said he was already on the US Olympic Gymnastic Team! I loved the tour!

All their worship centers are located here



STOKED! Love the Olympics!

Our trip also consisted of visiting various touristy shops and small towns-- I did not photograph these... On our way back to Missouri we stopped by and I got to see my nephew and niece, always a treat!



All in all, it was a great vacation-- and a big thank you goes out to my parents for allowing their adult daughter to tag along with them!

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