Today we decided to go exploring! After a strong cup of coffee from my new Italian percolator, we hit the trails. We have several friends familiar with the Colorado Springs area, and they have all mentioned that we need to visit Garden of the Gods. Today seemed like the perfect day, sunny with a high of 70 degrees.
Garden of the Gods is a National Natural Landmark here in Colorado Springs. It is a huge park with at least 8 miles of hiking & biking trails, and paved roads throughout. We only touched on a small part of the park and look forward to visiting again. The trails that we went on were short distance with some rough ground, but I was happy to learn that they have some trails accessible by wheelchair. The roads throughout the park are situated so that a driving tour would also allow for some great views, with a pull-off area for taking pictures at scenic points.
After a morning of hiking, we were starving, but wanted to continue to explore our new city. We headed to the East side of Colorado Springs, called Old Colorado City. In a word: awesome!
View from our lunch spot, Jake and Telly’s Greek Taverna, where I ate an amazing veggie burger & tried french onion soup for the first time. I forgot I don’t really like onions, but the soup was so good, I ate about 1/2 of it.
Yep, they double-stacked the veggie burger, and that’s fresh basil with melted provolone! I couldn’t finish all of it and couldn’t bear to leave it there on the plate. This may have stolen the #1 veggie burger spot from my favorite place back home.
The area was decorated for “scarecrow days” and several local businesses were participating in a Halloween decoration contest. Fall is my all time favorite season! I love decorating for fall, and now that we don’t really have a yard or space, I really appreciate public places that celebrate the holidays. Definitely a great first impression of our new town!