I was lucky enough to get to spend a few days in Colorado Springs and tour the town with a Colorado native. The entire town is just one big post card. Click "read more" to see all of the photos.
Garden of the Gods
My favorite spot of the trip was Garden of the Gods. You can see it until you enter the park but once you do you're greeted with rows upon rows of red rocks and incredible rock formations.
A mud when in the springs is to drink from the actual springs. The tap water in the area tastes better than any bottled water you've ever had but don't expect that when you're drinking from the springs themselves.
The water in each spring has its own nutrients and healing abilities but the minerals in the water give it a really interesting taste. I can only describe it as mineral-y.
Now let's get to the "fun" stuff.
How can you be in the Mile High state and not be curious as to how they are handling the newly legal, recreational marijuana market. Even for non-smokers, it's pretty interesting to be able to enter a dispensary, and come out well informed about the process and products that are available to you.
The "bud-tenders" at Maggie's Farm in Manitou Springs were extremely informative there to answer any of your questions. You will never once feel uncomfortable or pressured you into purchasing anything. If anything they give patrons peace of mind knowing that should they require medicinal services, all they have to do is show up. They have a wide variety of products. Aside from the obvious you can get anything from medicinal beverages to candy to fresh-baked goods. It was incredible to see the diversity of patrons in the shop, ranging from soccer moms to young adults to senior citizens.
Lastly, I was blown away by the amount of artistic talent in the area. Manitou Springs is a hub for local pottery and handmade jewelry and they will even ship you your purchases if you are traveling. I came out with quite a few awesome pieces.
most of all, just being in Colorado Springs and smelling the clean air and staring at the mountains will take years off your life and give you a new perspective on the Midwest.
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