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  • Writer's pictureChristina Hammoud

Garden Of The Gods | Colorado

My adventure in Colorado took an unexpected turn right from the moment I hopped onto Galileo, a retired police horse with a personality all his own. As we set off on our ride through the awe-inspiring Garden of the Gods, Galileo decided he had his own plans. Ignoring my tentative commands, he broke into a gallop and veered off course to munch on sunflowers. The whole group found it hilarious, and I was half laughing, half panicking!

I’ve got to admit, I felt a mix of excitement and nerves as Galileo asserted his independence. Thankfully, our experienced guide quickly moved me to a different spot in the line where Galileo seemed more chill and responsive. From this new vantage point, I could truly appreciate the stunning red rock formations and the serene beauty of the park.

Despite the rocky start, riding through Garden of the Gods was absolutely magical. The towering sandstone formations, sculpted by centuries of wind and water, created a backdrop straight out of a painting.

The weather was perfect, with clear blue skies and a gentle breeze that kept us cool as we rode along. Each twist and turn in the trail unveiled a new breathtaking view, reminding me of nature's raw power and beauty. The colors of the rock formations against the sky were simply mesmerizing, making every moment feel like a scene from a fantasy movie.

We also had the opportunity to take a historical tour, learning about the rich history and geology of Garden of the Gods.

Our guide was incredibly knowledgeable, sharing fascinating stories about the Native American tribes who once lived in the area and the early explorers who first marveled at the natural wonders. It added a deeper layer of appreciation to the already stunning scenery, making the experience even more enriching.

One of the best parts of the tour was meeting other cool tourists along the way. We struck up a conversation with a lovely couple from London who were just as enchanted by the park as we were. We exchanged travel stories and recommendations, bonding over our shared sense of wonder and adventure. It was amazing to connect with people from different parts of the world, all brought together by the beauty of Colorado.

After our exhilarating ride, we headed to Estes Park and Estes Village for more adventures. Estes Park, nestled in the Rocky Mountains, offered a charming mix of natural splendor and small-town charm. One of the highlights was our encounter with wild chipmunks along the roadside. With a handful of seeds, we quickly befriended these adorable creatures, delighting in their antics as they scurried about collecting their treats. It was such a simple joy, but one that left a lasting impression.

The evening in Estes Village was equally enchanting. We strolled through the quaint streets, lined with cozy shops and inviting cafes. The atmosphere was so laid-back and welcoming, a stark contrast to the bustling city life I’m used to. We explored local boutiques, tasted delicious treats, and soaked in the mountain views that surrounded us. It was the perfect opportunity to unwind and soak in the local culture.

Spending time with my family made the trip even more special. We shared laughs, stories, and the joy of discovering new places together. Those moments of connection and togetherness were truly priceless. We bonded over the adventures and found joy in the simple things, like watching the sunset over the mountains or enjoying a hearty meal in a cozy restaurant. Each day brought new experiences that we could share and reminisce about.

Speaking of food, I can't forget to mention the most amazing monkey bread I had at a trendy cafe in Denver. The warm, gooey sweetness was the perfect treat to wrap up our adventure. We spent hours at the cafe, chatting and laughing, making the most of our time together. It was a delightful end to a series of unforgettable days.

Looking back, I realize that sometimes the unexpected moments—like Galileo's spirited gallop or feeding wild chipmunks—create the most lasting memories. They remind us to embrace spontaneity and appreciate the wonders that unfold when we step outside our comfort zones. It’s these moments that make travel so enriching and memorable. They add a layer of excitement and unpredictability that we often miss in our day-to-day lives.

Whether you're an outdoor enthusiast, a nature lover, or just looking for a break from the everyday hustle, Colorado's natural beauty and charming towns like Estes Park offer an unforgettable escape. From thrilling horseback rides amidst towering rock formations to peaceful encounters with wildlife and leisurely explorations of quaint mountain villages, this region has something to captivate every traveler’s heart. Plan your visit and get ready to discover the magic of Colorado firsthand—it's an experience you won't soon forget!

Each visit to Colorado offers something new to explore and experience. This trip, with its blend of adventure, natural beauty, and quality time with family, was a reminder of the simple joys and profound connections that make life so rich. Here's to more adventures, more unexpected moments, and more memories made in the breathtaking landscapes of Colorado. Until next time, Colorado—I can’t wait to see what other surprises you have in store!


Christina Hammoud


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