Another fun thing we did was the Pikes Peak Cog Railway!
The view of Pikes Peak is what inspired the song, "America the Beautiful." The train took us up to 11,000 feet. Not quite the peak due to weather conditions. It was really beautiful, and as we got farther up there was lots of snow. Ava had fun throwing snowballs at Izzy.
Our visit to Garden of the Gods was extra special because we met up with Avalyns sister Izzy! It was a really fun surprise. I also met up with my best pal Jana! We had a nice time exploring the nature center and walking around the sandstone formations. We had a beautiful view of Pikes Peak as well!
We also stopped at Miramont Castle for a tour and high tea. It was interesting to learn about the history and architecture of the castle. Miramont means, "Look at the Mountain." The castle is 14,000 square feet and has 40 rooms. There are 9 different styles of architecture used. The castle was built along the mountain and "stair steps" up the mountain so the front door is on the 1st level and the back door is on the 4th level.
The tour also included the fire fighter museum.
Ava sitting in the Chapel. This was her favorite room.
We also had tea in the Queens Tea Parlor. It was so good and we had fun playing with the hats! It was 4 courses. A scone, fresh fruit, tea sandwiches, and dessert.