Monday, August 7, 2017

Summer Vacation in Colorado {Part 1}

Last week we headed out west to the beautiful mountains of Colorado. To make the most of our time we decided to fly from Kansas City which got us to Denver in a little over an hour verses a 10 hour car ride. To quote Sweet Brown, ain't nobody got time for that.

After picking up our rental car we made the hour drive from Denver to Colorado Springs. I'm almost embarrassed by the number of mountain photos I took. Almost. It rained on and off and that combined with rush hour traffic didn't help the circus brewing in the backseat. Nothing a little stop at Chilli's couldn't fix. My "ONLY EAT AT LOCAL PLACES ON VACATION!" heart almost had a heart attack, but it's fast and consistent something that's important when you have two hangry boys about to meltdown.
With full bellies we made it to our hotel in Colorado Springs. I know I've talked about this hotel chain before, but we stayed at the Drury Inn & Suites and it was just what we were hoping for. The location was perfect, we had a great view of the mountains, and adults get 3 free bar drinks each night. Yes please! Not to mention, breakfast, snacks, and two pools which the kids hopped into immediately upon arrival.

We woke up the next morning to lots of fog and clouds so we decided to do Pike's Peak another day and head to the Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine. Based on the raving Trip Advisor reviews I knew we needed to check this place out and it far surpassed my expectations. 

The mine is about an hour outside of Colorado Springs and while you wait for your tour to start, you can explore the outside of the old mine and take in the beautiful scenery.

After getting our hard hats on, we boarded the elevator where we traveled 1,000 feet underground to the mine.

We were packed in there so tight but thankfully the ride down is only a few minutes.

Not only did they take us through the mine, but they demonstrated how miner's used to dig for gold and how they do it now. These ladders and scaffolding show how miner's climbed to reach the gold. 

Bells were used by the miners to communicate to those up top. Despite today's technology, they still use the bell system to signal when to bring the elevator down and up and how fast to do it.

Mollie Kathleen is located in Cripple Creek and from the mine we could look down on the whole town. We were so excited to visit this quaint little mountain town only to find out it was literally 98% casinos. We couldn't even find anywhere to eat that wasn't in a casino. Talk about disappointing. At least it looked pretty from a distance. 

On the drive back to Colorado Springs we stopped in Manitou Springs and had a late lunch at Crystal Park Cantina where J and I both agree we had some of the best Mexican food of our lives. I'm telling you, if you're not using Trip Advisor for reviews you're missing out. It rarely steers us wrong and there's no way we would have found such authentic Mexican food in the middle of the mountains without it.

With rain in the forecast for the rest of the day we hit up some games at a local arcade and the boys swam their hearts out while J and I sipped our drinks by the pool :)

Part 2 coming up tomorrow!

Linking up with Biana for Weekending

1 comment on "Summer Vacation in Colorado {Part 1}"
  1. This looks awesome!!! My husband and I just moved to KC and are looking for a quick trip to Colorado! This looks great!