Monday, September 29, 2014

Margaritas and Bike Rides (Garden of the Gods edition)



My dad loves margaritas. His favorite place to get a margarita is at The Loop in Manitou Springs.

When I’ve visited home previously, we’ve driven to the north side of downtown Colorado Springs and biked to The Loop. It’s a leisurely 12-mile-ish bike ride.

But this trip, my Dad told me he found a shorter way. Oh vey. The shorter way didn’t come with its leisure, but did come with fantastic views.

The “shortcut” was thru the Garden of the Gods. If you don’t know, Garden of the Gods are red rock formations that were created during a geological upheaval along a natural fault line millions of years ago and other geology information you can find on Wikipedia. What I find interesting and just learned by looking it up today, was how Garden of the Gods received its name.

In 1859 surveyors were exploring the rocks and one thought, “You know, this would be a great place for a beer garden.” (My kind of people). His friend agreed, saying something like, “Beer Garden! This is a place fit for the gods to assemble. We will call it the Garden of the Gods.” (wait, so is there a beer garden somewhere in there? did that part of the story come true?)

Why 2 surveyors got the privilege of naming the formations, I have no idea, but it’s a cool story. (It should be noted, that I did not fact check that, nor did I even look at more than one source.)

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Being a blogger, writer and ad copy creator, I felt a little guilty about not fact-checking my work. So I did, and that story is indeed true. Personal ethic win for the day. 

Garden of the Gods is a public park with some really amazing sandstone rock formations. Ranging in size from a few feet to more than 300 feet long, it really is an amazing site to see. There is a ton of hiking, biking and horseback riding trails. My point here is, if you haven’t been and you live close, you really need to check it out.

Back to the story. So, we start riding through the Garden and the first hill is LEGIT. Like, I have to stop a few times, push my bike a little, stand up. This thing is crazy. So after that it’s easy going for a bit. Then another hill, and another, and another. While I’m not going to make any excuses, it should be noted, I haven’t had breakfast, it’s 90 degrees out, were at 7,000 feet above sea level, and home girl rides single speeds. These are things that are not rooting for me…. But all in the name of tequila.

I even peed on the side of one of those rocks, thinking that relieving a bit of urine pressure could somehow make me more in shape in that moment.  

But I push through, and I am rewarded with a couple glorious down hills. We stop and take pictures of the famous kissing camels and balancing rock. But FIRST, let us take some selfies.

I had a really great time; I always do biking through Colorado (even more when its with my pop). Despite the in the moment torture it was a really amazing ride. I mean how would you hate something when THIS is your view.


And by the way, a margarita has never tasted so good.

The first hill. Looks can be deceiving...


smooching camels! 

I have no IDEA why my finger is in all of these pictures... 




balancing rock. we didn't do the tourist "look I'm holding it up" pose. So 5th grade.


nom nom nom nom

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