As we head east, back across the mountains and the endless plains beyond, we turned south from Denver to visit Colorado Springs and the Garden of the Gods. I’d been contemplating this minor detour for a while and was finally convinced after seeing John Strong’s blog entry a couple of weeks ago. As a Colorado resident I figured he knew what he was talking about. Turned out to be a good assumption. While it’s not in the same league as some of the more elaborate collections of exotic red rock (like Zion or Bryce or Arches in Utah), it definitely is a place worth visiting. I wish we’d had more time to explore the place, but we only had a few hours. It has some amazing formations, beautiful walking paths, rock climbing facilities, and of course a marvelous view of Pikes Peak.