Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Walking in a Winter Wonderland

In the morning we woke up to this...

View from our apartment balcony

Everything was coated in a blanket of white snow.  It felt a bit like living in a real life version of the movie Frozen.  Brian encouraged us to get dressed and gather supplies.  He had a plan.  To go to the Garden of the Gods while it was covered in snow.  All packed up, we headed over to REI for a few supplies.  Very glad to have a portable camp stove in our inventory once again.

Snow covered trail

Next stop, the visitors center.  I ran in to grab a trail map. The building was warm, the restrooms were spotless, and the staff was knowledgeable.  I left with two maps and a bit of motivation.  It was a very brief stop, but I would be interested in giving the visitor center a bit more attention in the future.  We entered the park at the entrance directly across from the visitor center and pulled into the first public parking lot (located to the left).
Checking out the giant red rocks

Although Truman was dressed for the weather we ended up carrying him most of the way.  Thank heavens for that baby back pack.  After a few photo and video ops close to the rocks we decided to continue along the Galloway Trail.  Truman was getting fussy, so we took advantage of snow crusted willow grove and began preparing lunch.   Never did a package of Ramen Noodles taste so delicious.   

Amber with Truman in tow

Bellies full it was back to the trail.  The next two miles are difficult to describe in words.  I think the pictures speak for themselves.  Simply breathtaking.  The trail itself was a multi-elevation terrain winding up and down and around.  The path was snow covered and at times still untouched by foot prints.
Amber enjoying some soup!

We hiked approximately 3 miles in about 2 hrs, singing songs to pass the time.  Truman loves music.  Its so fun to hear his version of our favorite hiking songs.   We made it back to the parking lot  just as the clouds were rolling in with more snow.  Truman was sound asleep before we pulled out of our spot.  We highly recommend using the park during all seasons.  So very glad we ventured out that snowy day.

And as promised. We have our first video!

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