colorado springs and durango, colorado

Our weekend was supposed to be relaxing yet jam-packed with fun activities such as driving on the Pikes Peak highway and crossing the bridge at the Royal Gorge; however, lack of daylight put a damper on our plans. By the time we arrived in Colorado Springs, we had only a few hours of light left to explore. We decided to visit the Manitou Cliff Dwellings instead of Pikes Peak, and then had plans to take off and find the Royal Gorge. The Cliff Dwellings were interesting, but we were disappointed when we realized the Royal Gorge bridge had already closed. Only open until 4 pm — really?!  Instead of gazing into the abyss from a creepy, tall bridge, we stuffed ourselves with fast food {always a bad idea}, had Malcolm hair fill our vehicle, and drove to Durango to spend the night in a sketchy hotel.  The next day, we went to a brewery and I had the best cheesesteak of my life {which made up for our uneventful day in the Springs}, walked around downtown, and drove through the mountains.

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In other news, Malcolm {our stubborn Westie} has been on a hunger/water strike since the weekend. I took him to the Vet this morning and let me tell you, a little chicken broth in a dog’s drinking water does wonders.

Happy Election Day, everyone!
Helene in Between
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Filed Under: Colorado, Travel11 Comments
  • Helene

    omg these pictures are phenomenal!!! looks gorgeous.

  • Shannon @Imperfectly Perfect Grace

    I loved the way you described this adventure! That place looks pretty awesome!

  • Coley

    Wow those are some lovely pictures. I visited Colorado Springs over Labor day and had a great time there, such a pretty area. Visiting from the link-up.

  • Sippy Cups and Pearls

    how fun! I’ve heard durango has fun shops! My hubby and I went to Pagosa Springs and it was fun but no shopping…little did we know Durango was just an hour away..ugh! next time we know. lol. looks like you had fun :)

  • Kenzie Smith

    Those pictures are gorgeous! Thank you for sharing!! Glad you had such a wonderful time (:

  • Veronica Lee Burns

    These pictures are incredible!

  • Bonnie Franks

    So beautiful there. Thanks for sharing these and for visiting me earlier and following at I’ve been a follower of yours for sometime now. Hope you have a wonderful evening Rachel! xo

  • Rachel

    Wow, those are gorgeous pictures. It seriously looks so beautiful! I love fall.
    I’m a new follower from the blog hop, I’d love it if you took a look at my blog –

  • Catalyn H

    Oh my what a beautiful place! Thanks for stopping by my blog :-) I am now following and looking forward to reading more abut you!

  • Krystal

    Oh wow!

    I’ve only seen a couple of your posts and I am already in love with your blog! Glad to have stopped by via followers to friends hop, excited to stick around. Hope to stay in touch :)


  • Sarah Mc.

    I’ve been there before! Such a lovely town. Sounds like you had a good time.