Colorado Springs and fun at the pumpkin patch

We made it a little more than 1/2 way up Pikes Peak, but then we ran into this.

We made it a little more than 1/2 way up Pikes Peak, but then we ran into this.

This weekend was a busy weekend for the Kelley’s!  On Saturday we took a day trip and visited a few sights in Colorado Springs.  Then on Sunday we took the kids to the annual trip to a pumpkin patch.

The highlight of Colorado Springs was supposed to be driving to the top of Pikes Peak.  I have never been to Pikes Peak before, so it has been on my Colorado to-do list for a while.  But when we got to the toll gate at the bottom of the mountain, the park ranger gave us the bad news that only six of the twenty miles of the road were open because the rest was too icy.

Big Foot has been spotted around Pikes Peak, but we didn't see him.

Big Foot has been spotted around Pikes Peak, but we didn’t see him.

We decided to pay the discounted entrance fee and drive as far as we could.  Luckily we were able to go further than we thought.  The rangers were busy clearing the ice from the road throughout the day, and we managed to get about 12 of the 20 miles in before we decided to turn around.

After Pikes Peak we spent a couple of hours looking around the mountain village of Manitou Springs.  We found a European Cafe and had lunch.  Then I found a really cool penny arcade with a lot of classic games.  Of course we had to buy some homemade fudge too.

We finished our Colorado Springs day with a visit to Cave of the Winds.  As far as caves go, it was pretty typical.  It had the usual stalagtites, stalagmites, and cool rock formations.  Keeping Sophie and Sawyer from touching the rocks was tough, but all things considered, they did pretty well.

patchToday we stayed close to home and visited a pumpkin patch that is just down the road.  We did the mini-corn maze and collected all of the checkpoints.  Then the kids did the bounce house and slides.  What pumpkin patch would be complete without a small petting zoo?

Finally it was time to choose the pumpkins.  We decided we will wait a little closer to Halloween before we actually carve them, but Sophie and Sawyer left with their own decent size pumpkins.

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