the great escape

Rock striations near Manitou Springs, Colorado on July 2, 2011.

The summit of Pikes Peak near Colorado Springs, Colorado on July 3, 2011.

Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs, Colorado on July 4, 2011.

Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs, Colorado on July 5, 2011.

A bison skull at Royal Gorge Park in Canon City, Colorado on July 6, 2011.

A butterfly at Royal Gorge Park in Canon City, Colorado on July 6, 2011.

White water rafting on the Arkansas river in Canon City, Colorado on July 6, 2011.

Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs, Colorado on July 7, 2011

A wolf near Divide, Colorado on July 7, 2011.

Seven Falls in Colorado Springs, Colorado on July 7, 2011.

Recently, I traveled to Colorado for my wife’s family reunion and a much-needed vacation. Usually, my only time spent in Colorado is when I travel to Boulder for the K-State football game against Colorado. I fly in with the team, bus to the stadium, shoot the game, bus back to the airport, and immediately fly home so I never get to see the beauty around the state.

At the reunion, we spent the first three days playing games and laughing with the extended family. We used the remaining four days to explore some of the sights around Colorado Springs including: the Anasazi cliff dwellings, Pikes Peak, the North Pole at Santa’s Workshop, white water rafting down the Arkansas River, Royal Gorge Bridge and Park, the Cave of the Winds, horseback riding through Garden of the Gods, the Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center, and Seven Falls.

My wife and I are already considering another week of vacation in Colorado again next year.

-scott weaver

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