Capulin Volcano was an exciting first for all of us. We've never seen a volcano (dormant or otherwise).
I was amazed by all the wind turbines outside of Amarillo. (I won't bore you with those pictures.)I'm curious who gets the benefit of all the energy produced there. It's almost surreal how huge they are.
We laughed hysterically at one point out in West Texas that we were the only ones out there and all we could find was old fashioned country music on the radio. Not current country either, we're talking "My dog died and all I have is my truck" country.
The greatest moment was when we saw the landscape begin to change and mountains appear on the horizon. We drove through two areas with signs saying "Warning: Do not pick up hitchhikers. State prison area." Kids thought that was exciting. We drove through quite a few areas that said "Speed monitored by aircraft." I think this was only in Colorado. That's something I've never seen before.
The most beautiful thing up until this point was Rotan pass...absolutely gorgeous! The only mountains my kids have ever seen is the hills in Minnesota. It was incredible and hearing their excitement was worth every penny this trip cost.
Driving into Colorado Springs, I felt like a kid at Christmas. I just couldn't wait to get to the resort. I was excited about the fun we had planned, but scared the resort wouldn't be what I thought it would be. After all, I found it online and you just never know about making reservations based on what you read online. This time, I got lucky! Using the GPS we borrowed from a dear friend, we turned the corner to the most beautiful resort! We pulled into Cheyenne Mountain Resort and were greeted by two smiling attendants and the greenest, lushest landscape you can even imagine! The lobby was like an upscale ski chalet (even though I don't have a clue what that looks like!)
The front desk was professional, friendly and the place was spotless. I felt like the staff was actually there for US, not just doing a job. Our room was in the Buffalo Creek Lodge, great parking spot, great location. Our room was perfect and we were amazed at the view from our balcony.
The toilet had issues and I called the front desk. Literally, five minutes after I placed the call, a repairman was at my door. Ten minutes later, it worked perfectly. Impeccable service here.
I'm posting pictures from now on with just a bit of text. I'll write more details later.