Recently we headed to Red Rock Canyon to go stargazing and camping. It was quite spectacular and not too far of a drive to see the stars. There were a few scattered clouds crossing by but they just added to the dramatic landscape. We saw several meteors and just laid on our blanket in silence. A wind storm ripped through the desert in the middle of the night and shook the tent pretty good and it didn’t disappear until first light.
I brought a Doomies red velvet whoopie pie for a treat and we cooked up oatmeal and scramble tofu with toast and coffee (the usual) for breakfast.
A visit to Colorado Springs isn’t complete without a visit to the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, the only mountainside zoo in the U.S. At 6,800 feet above sea level, it’s a bit of a hike but definitely worth it. Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is also home to the largest giraffe heard in the country (18!) Pay a couple bucks for a handful of lettuce and watch 3-4 giraffes get suddenly very interested in what you have to say :)
The day ended with some hiking around Helen Hunt Falls, more crazy weather, and some great late-afternoon views of downtown Colorado Springs.