Sunday, July 8, 2012

Summer of Fun - Part 1

It's been a whirlwind summer already and it's only July! We started the summer off with a camping trip in Manitou Springs, CO. I use the term "camping" loosely because we actually stayed in little cabin at Garden of the Gods Campground. I'm so glad that we were able to show the kids this beautiful area (we got married there!) before it was affected by the recent fires.

The kids did the Junior Ranger program at Garden of the Gods. If you're ever in a national park, it's a great way to explore and learn about the area and engage the kids in learning. They go around the park exploring, reading, listening to rangers speak, looking for wildlife, picking up litter, playing games and a number of activities.

We also visited Cave of the Winds, which I thought would be more...well, less touristy I suppose? We took a tour with a group of about 20 people. The paths inside the cave had been paved with cement and there were only certain places you could go. It was still pretty amazing to see and the kids felt like they were in an Indiana Jones adventure.

On the way home we drove through Woodland Park and stopped by the Dinosaur Resource Center. No one can resist a head-in-the-dinosaur's-mouth photo!

And we happened upon the area where the Hayman Fire happened 10 years ago (the largest in CO history until the more recent fire a few weeks ago). The kids asked so many questions - how did it happen, why did the lady start it, was she in jail, did she have to apologize to everyone. Marc and I decided to create a homeschooling app that pops up with information, old photos and interesting facts about places as you drive through them. Now if we only had programming knowledge...

Our trip was a good combination of fun and learning and the kids have decided that they'd like to go camping every a cabin, that is.


Joy said...

Very Cool!!! I want to go on a vacation like yours!

Kellie Brown said...

Except with more antique stores!

Unknown said...

The world's largest petrified tree?! Cool! We also stop at every quirky roadside attraction, especially any with "world's largest" in their title.

-- Traci from the "Go BIG or Go Home" blog

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