Last summer, we visited Colorado for the first time! I was invited to shoot Drew & Justin’s wedding in Beulah, so we figured we should make a trip out of it and explore a few other pieces of Colorado. My memory is terrible and we are now eight months past the trip, but thankfully I have my pictures and things like Swarm, my planner, and my Google Calendar to help remind me of our adventures.
After driving for an entire day, we arrived in Cañon City around lunchtime. First we had some burgers and amazing housemade chips at Bunk House Burgers. (Seriously guys, these “spud shavings” were so good, I went back and ordered the large on our way out for a snack. While writing this, I am almost tempted to drive the 11-12 hours to buy more spud shavings. Almost.) Fueled up on fried potatoes, we started off our sight-seeing with the Skyline Drive. The views from the drive were amazing, but my personal favorite had to be the fossilized casts of dinosaur footprints.
After the scenic drive, we headed to Royal Gorge Bridge. We pulled into the parking lot and I was shocked by how many people were there. I had not expected it to be quite so touristy, but I guess I should’ve figured that from the steep $20+ admission prices to look at a very large hole in the ground. Anyways, it was incredibly windy.
This becomes important, as we walked across this very long bridge (irrationally fearful of being blown over the side) and planned to take the cable car back across the gorge.
Unfortunately, due to the high winds, the cable cars were closed until the winds died down. The park had a lot of amusement park-esque rides that cost additional money, but the cable car was included in the price to get into the park, so I really wanted to take it across and get my money’s worth. Plus, it would be a really long walk all the way back across. After waiting at the base of the cable car for probably over an hour, they ran two cable cars across and we were able to get into the second one. It was a little nerve-wracking swaying across the gorge and the air vents into the cable car didn’t help much.
Having successfully made it across the gorge in the cable car, we went to do a short hike at the Tunnel Drive Trail. After the crowdedness of the gorge, it was nice that there were almost no other people on the trail.
Stay tuned for Day 2, Colorado Springs!