Garden of the Gods revisited

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Garden of the Gods view from gated community

We drove up in some pretty nice residential areas up on the hills.  Then we drove around the otherside of the highway, up near Garden of the Gods.  We went around the back way, up a hill by another gated community and was rewarded with a great view of Garden of the Gods.  Not much traffic up there at all - this must be where some of the postcard pictures were taken from.  We got a great view of the hogbacks - the ridges of sandstone that resemble a hog's back.  The red sandstone rocks in the park is part of the Fountain Formation and the original horizontal beds are now steeply inclined, with some at or near vertical.  I love rocks.  I love looking at them, collecting them, and climbing on them. 

We were looking for a restaurant that advertised a view of the park and offered you to bring your kids in for a root beer float, or a lemonade, or an orange soda or.

North and South (left) Gateway Rocks
...   We never found it.  We stopped at the visitor center and went out on the viewing platform.  The top of one of the rocks has a hole in it and the formation is called "kissing camels".  I decided it was a turtle and a chameleon kissing.  Brad though it was an iguana and a sheep.  Use your imagination I guess. 

We ended up back in the area where the Hill Climb kick off was in downtown Colorado Springs.  We stopped at an Irish pub for dinner.  We tried to eat there during the kick off, but it had a 40 minute wait.  I got the Fish and Chips - yummy!  I got a couple of different beers.  One was a snakebite - lite beer and Cider.  Good, but way too sweet.  It was too sweet before I even finished half of it.  But I drank it, since I paid for it.  Then I ordered just a beer.  Brad got some different dark beers - all too bitter for my taste.  They had a live band there and I think a bachelor/bachelorette party.  It was a fun atmosphere.  Obviously most people there were regulars because they all knew the words to all the songs.  It was fun, but we left so some fans could sit down at our table. 

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Garden of the Gods view from gated…
Garden of the Gods view from gate…
North and South (left) Gateway Roc…
North and South (left) Gateway Ro…
Gray rock and South Gateway Rock
Gray rock and South Gateway Rock
The Gateway rocks and Gray rock - …
The Gateway rocks and Gray rock -…
neat rocks in valley
neat rocks in valley
hogbacks to the northwest
hogbacks to the northwest
Kissing camels or kissing turtle a…
Kissing camels or kissing turtle …