Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Last Minute Getaway

Hi y'all!

It's Tuesday night, and a little late for a weekend recap, but it's all I've got. This past weekend Garrett and I took a late night, last minute trip to Colorado Springs. The story goes something like this...

It was late Friday night. We were bored. The next thing I knew we were on our way to Colorado Springs. About an hour and 15 minutes later, and around 2 AM, we were settling into our hotel. We planned on waking up early, but needless to say we didn't. 

Close to 1, we walked into Jack Quinns Irish Pub for lunch. This place had an amazing atmosphere and delicious food. For a second I forgot that we were in Colorado. The light was really low so I couldn't get any decent pictures like I wanted to. We decided we were going to try traditional Irish food so Garrett ordered corned beef hash and I had the Guinness Beef Boxty. Basically it was beef tips braised in Guinness and then wrapped in a potato pancake. It had a cream sauce on the top with blue cheese crumbles. The blue cheese was a little much for me, that stuff is strong! Honestly, I probably would've just been happy with my typical burger but you live and you learn!

Afterwards we headed to Garden of the Gods which is a popular tourist spot in Colorado Springs. We walked around exploring the rocks for about an hour and finally the crazy wind talked us into leaving. The crazy wind however did not stop me from taking my fair share of pictures while there. 

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Garrett, true to a man's nature, thought he had to climb several things. This rock was really round and tall and he couldn't quite find anything to grab onto to hoist himself up. I couldn't quit laughing.
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Afterwards we stopped in Manitou Springs to explore a little more. This particular town is small but has cute shops and several candy stores to venture into. We stopped into one and I got some Peanut Butter Bars and we each got fudge. It's so hard to go into a candy store and not by something. Pretty much impossible. 

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Around town there are several fountains where you can taste the spring water. That stuff is gross. I spit it out every single time. The minerals make it taste almost carbonated but it's not.

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Sunday morning we woke up and had breakfast at the hotel. You want to know what is a must for me? Continental breakfast at a hotel! There's almost nothing I love more. Ok, there are things I love more but it is so exciting to wake up and know a whole array of breakfast foods are awaiting your arrival downstairs!

After breakfast we headed home. I took a nap and Garrett went to work. Yes, I felt a little guilty! We had a good time and it was so nice to get out of Denver for just a day.


I had to take the time to brag on how cute my sister looks!

I CAN NOT WAIT until little Kinley gets here! I don't even want to think about how hard it's going to be on me living 17 hours away. I love that baby so much already, and of course my sister. EXCITED!


  1. What a fun little get away. How awesome that you just planned it last minute and went. It's always fun to explore new places even if it's not super far away. I probably would have loved all that Blue Cheese. It is very strong but for some reason I love it.

  2. How fun! I love it that y'all did this on a whim!

    The picture of Garrett attempting to climb the rock made me laugh out loud!

    The best thing about trying new foods is finding a new favorite. I wouldn't have been happy with all the blue cheese just because I don't care for it. We tried an Irish restaurant when we went to Seattle and it was really good.

    And about the candy ... I'm so with you ... I always tell myself you are just going to look ... or pick up one or two things ... I always end up spending at least $10 on candy ... in Seattle I spent $15 because I only wanted one blue gummy shark, ha.

    Love your pictures!

  3. I'm so glad y'all had a weekend getaway! You two totally deserve it. And it's awesome that y'all are surrounded by such beautiful places...an hour or two car ride gets you into a nationally sought-out destination. Lucky dogs! Manitou Springs is so cute...we totally got ice cream there at Patsy's when I was there! I laughed at y'all drinking out of the fountains...we didn't do that but I bet it's totally nasty. Y'all are so cute!

  4. The color in the rocks is gorgeous! This whole getaway sounds so fun!