In Colorado Springs, CO, we stayed in a cabin in the Garden of the Gods Campground. Garden of the Gods Park is a beautiful place with huge red rocks that were formed over millions of years by the earth’s tectonic plates colliding.
I went to Pike’s Peak, a mountain that settlers went to in search of gold in Colorado. I did not like it there at all, at 14,000 feet. My ears were all plugged up. It was really cold at the very tippy top. I threw snow balls at Kayla!
We went to the Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument. It was a really, really big huge big huge big huge petrified forest. There were really huge redwood tree-mungous tree fossils.
Next door, there is a fossil quarry where I collected leaf and bug fossils. This was fun, and interesting, because you never know what you’re going to get when you crack open a piece of shale.
On another day, I went to a talk about buffaloes. Well, it was very sad. Do you know that people used to go on trains, and they would shoot buffalo through the windows for target practice, and they wouldn’t even collect any meat from them? And, when they did go to collect something from the buffalo, it was just the tongue for fancy restaurants? I think it’s horrible what people did to buffalo. At least now, buffaloes are being preserved.
I also went to a gold mine. The gold vein was a 1,000 feet deep in the ground. In the mine, I didn’t find gold but I found tons of copper, oxygenated copper. Did you know that the Statue of Liberty is made of oxygenated copper? The mining trip was awesome, and at the end I got my own piece of gold ore.
Colorado Springs was a very cool place to visit because there was lots of fun stuff to do!