Fossils and Caves
I'm writing to you from the comfort of the living room. Still catching up on post recovery down time, and enjoying the moments that were made. I had every good intention to blog more while we were in CO, but I was having way to much fun. This trip was just the start of my thirst for wandering. Every sight was something new and exciting. I was constantly shouting phrases of sheer joy. I loved every bit of our trip.
Our second day we ventured to Florissant National Fossil Beds. It was one of the places my boyfriend really wanted to visit. I was really glad we ended up going. When you visit this park you are able to walk around trails that have massive petrified redwood trunks. There are also small fossils including insects and sea life. The trails also have wonderful views of the mountains and you can even visit a historic homestead on the site. I really liked seeing that. What an amazing way to live. These families were surround by the vast landscape and sometimes extremely harsh environment so incredible.
Cave of the Winds
One of the adventures on our list was to take a tour of a cave. I think caves are super cool. Tunnels of unknown trails, deep beneath the surface, magical and mysterious all in one. We got super lucky and found a cave sight near to were we were. It was the Cave of the Winds park, kinda touristy but way worth it. We had plenty of time to kill before our tour and we got to wander around. They had this crazy ride that dropped over 100 feet and swung between the gorge. It was wild to watch.
The tour was very organized. We were never over crowded and we got to get tons of pictures. It was really cool to see how the original discoverers found this place. A pair of teens crawled through a hole and wandered through small tunnels, climbed steep walls and even had to climb a ladder in the dark for over 20 feet. At one point the guide shut the lights and had us hide al light. It was beyond dark, I have no idea how these guys explored with just a candle or lantern. I really admire their courage and want for exploration.
Great Sand Dunes
Time seemed to fly by us, the week went by way to quickly. Packing up the camper we headed to our last place of the trip. Along the way we stopped and played around in the river. We took a little bit to walk around on Pearl Street and do a little shopping. It was nice to walk around and soak up what was around us. We jokingly picked out our vacation homes and future business sites. It was great getting to spend time together and laughing.
One of the most epic things on our trip happened on the last day. It was purely an example of instant manifestation. The entire trip I would tell my boyfriend how much I wanted to see a moose. Each time I have been to CO that is pretty much all I joke about. It finally happened! We were heading out from Boulder and along the way Taylor spotted a group of cars on the side of the road. We guessed it was a deer or bear but as we slowed down to check it out my heart began to explode. It was a family of moose. To say I was happy would be quite the understatement. I was so excited I started tearing up and squealing with joy. I must have taken dozens of pictures. It was one of the top moments of the trip.
The sand dunes were about five hours from where we were camping. We arrived late afternoon and didn't know what to expect. Pulling up to them was something from a dream. It was so exciting to see a desert within a desert. Plus one of the coolest things about this place, it was where they filmed the desert scenes in the Last Crusade. I was totally nerding out. The Dunes were about a mile away, by the time we got to the first one we were tuckered out. We watched sand sledders and boarders climb high on to the bigger dunes and slide down into the sand valley. It was really cool to watch them. We took a few moments to enjoy the area before we made our way back to the camper.
The journey home was filled with stories and things we liked about the trip. Places we wanted to see next time and places that we will visit again. Of course I mentioned my moose a few more times. One of the cool things about driving a camper was we were able to stop at rest areas and have our own private hotel room We made it back to Atlanta Saturday evening with major plans of relaxing and snuggling the kitties.
This was one of the best vacations I've taken and I can't wait for our next journey together. I even want to do an adventure by myself soon. For now I plan on using this as the motivation I needed to push myself forward. I have a feelings great things are heading this way.
Thanks for joining me on my journey and adventures. Can't wait to see what's next.
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