After a full 6 months which included living in a dorm for 7 weeks, launching a new website and numerous speaking engagements and conferences, Kevin and I were blessed with a little R & R thanks to the generosity of FOCUS and Grandma Sue, who watched the kids (thanks mom!).
We decided to head for the hills, or rather, the mountains. I'll give you three guesses to figure out where we are.
It has lots of crazy rock formations...
with plenty of places to climb and hide...
and amazing views.
Did you get it?
Yep, we began our trip in the Garden of the Gods. Well, technically we began at an outlet mall, but that's not really exciting to most people, unless you're me because the entire Ann Taylor Outlet was 40% off.
Our adventures also took us zip lining near Royal Gorge.
I was having fun, even although I look bored. They make you zip in a super safe fashion to begin and then our camera ran out of batteries before we got to the flipping upside down part.
We also fulfilled a recent dream of mine to visit an ancient cliff dwelling.
The big rectangles are the doors and one family would live in each 5 x 8 foot room. I can't even imagine how that worked after seeing them.
Lastly, before heading home we adventured up our first 14ner together, Pikes Peak.
The view is so far reaching you can see Kansas in the photo below. You can also see the red rocks of the Garden of the Gods.
The song America the Beautiful was penned up here by Katharine Lee Bates in 1893. These are the "spacious skies" she was speaking of.
It truly was amazing.
And I should admit that we didn't actually hike this, we took the cog rail. Don't judge me... it was 30 degrees up there and almost 80 at the base.
At least we got out and walked around instead of running for the windowless shop for world famous donuts. If only I had know there was a coupon for a free one. Friends, don't make the same mistake I did.
So, we are relaxed, we are rejuvenated and we are ready for whatever new craziness is coming our way!