Let’s combine a few days, shall we?
The next day, we were able to go to Pikes Peak! My uncle secured a tour bus from his workplace and we all got to drive together like the good, little tourists we were!
“We got the front seat!”
“Look Mom, I’m a big kid!”
No, we did not hike it- it’s winter, after all, and we’re not crazy! The rode the COG, as in a gear, train. It normally goes all the way to the top, where there is a gift shop and some secret-recipe, high-altitude donuts. Unfortunately, the storm that had just rolled through kept the train from getting all the way to the top. We only got about 2/3 of the way up, no donuts for us :( but it was still a beautiful sight!
Here are some pics of us waiting:
And from on the train (which blessedly was heated!):
Apparently, you can see 4 different states from the top.
“I have reception!!”
Colorado Springs is also home to Focus on the Family, and with my sister’s recommendation, we went to tour the place. It was very nice, with the top floor devoted to the strides FOTF has made in the pro-life, pro-family movements, etc., and the lower level devoted to the kid stuff.
When you go downstairs, you’ll find Whit’s End (from Adventures in Odyssey), a nice, little soda-shoppe, and a playground similar (but better) to what you would find in a fast food restaurant. Then you can walk around ‘Odyssey’ and explore the different stores and businesses from the show. They also have a recording studio, in which you can record and ‘adventure in Odyssey.’ Hero and Awesome McAwesome wanted to do that, and they did a great job! Yours truly was the foley, and the sound effects were superb, if I do say so myself :)
Stay tuned for the exciting conclusion!