One nice thing about traveling west is that you can sleep in, and it still looks like you're getting up early. We slept like logs and then got up and had a leisurely breakfast at the hotel before setting off on the next leg of our adventure.
We drove south through adorable Breckenridge:
Then we continued on across the Hoosier Pass. Road conditions were less than optimal:
What was scary on the way up became utterly terrifying for the trip down. Oh, look, a guardrail! Novel idea. Wish I had seen a few more of these:
Once we were out of the mountains, we took the opportunity to really admire the scenery:
That didn't last long though, because the same wind that did THIS to Sarah's hair:
was also blowing snow all over the road leading to white-out conditions at times:
As we got closer to Colorado Springs, we stopped at a rest area to look back on where we had come from:
We stopped for lunch in Manitou Springs and then drove through Garden of the Gods:
After our white-knuckle journey across the Hoosier Pass earlier in the day, our enthusiasm for Pike's Peak was sorely lacking, so we just admired it from a distance:
When we got to Colorado Springs, we made a quick trip up to the Air Force Academy:
Here's the academy chapel:
From there we drove over to the Olympic Training Center. We were too late for the last tour of the day, so we just showed ourselves around for a bit:
All in all, it was a great first taste of Colorado. Can't wait to go back!
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