This year, the 4th of July fell on a Friday, which turned a holiday into a holiday weekend. With super hot weather, it made for the perfect weekend to get outside and do things. The weather has been really bipolar lately in that it always seems to rain in the afternoon, leaving only the morning free to do something. Fortunately, this time, the weekend was a lot more sun and a lot less rain, but when it did, it cooled it down just enough for a beautiful Colorado evening.
I wouldn’t say the 4th of July is my favorite holiday, but when celebrated properly, it can be a blast. I’m almost 20 years old, and I’m still a sucker for fireworks. I love watching them no matter when and where, but the ones on the 4th remind me of my childhood.
I had the opportunity to celebrate the holiday with both my friends and my family this year. My family didn’t go big, but what’s an All-American holiday without some All-American food? In my opinion, my dad grills the best burgers around so that coupled with homemade potato salad and baked beans makes for a perfect barbecue. We can’t forget about dessert; you simply can’t do the 4th without a classic Drumsticks and s’mores.
Later that night, I went over to one of my friend’s houses for a small 4th of July party where we would watch the fireworks from a nearby country club from his backyard. I enjoyed it because I got to spend the holiday with some of my closest friends. My friend’s house was behind an open field, so we placed chairs and got a perfect view of the fireworks against the sunset. Coincidentally, there were two other shows going on in the distance, so we really got to watch three shows!
After the show, we went back to the house and took part in homemade cupcakes and cookies my friends brought and set off fireworks of our own. We set off some pretty good ones, in addition to one of those gigantic sparklers. We also played with some handheld sparklers, something I haven’t done since I was seven! It was fun to see my friends and spend the holiday with them since this summer is going by so fast!
I didn’t do anything until Sunday, where I headed down to Colorado Springs (for the second time within a month), only this time, we went to Garden of the Gods, one of the most beautiful parks in the U.S. It’s a natural park with these gorgeous red rocks. It attracts people from all over the nation, so it’s a choice destination in Colorado.
It was a scorcher of a day so it was perfect to hike/walk around the park. It felt good to be outside, doing something I don’t usually do but the thing is it makes me want to do more! I’m craving more outdoorsy things…so Horsetooth, watch out!
I also got an opportunity Fotini (yes, I named my camera) out which I haven’t all summer which is a shame since Colorado is the perfect place for nature photography. After touring the park for a little over an hour, we decided to head out since there were a couple other stops we had to make while we were down there.
Famished, we went to a local eatery, The Mason Jar, where I got the best looking chicken pot pie, their daily special. The only downside was that it took a long time for them to make, which delayed us for a while. On the plus side, my mom learned what “hangry” is.
We walked around Old Colorado City, which is somewhat similar to Old Town in Fort Collins, stopping at all the Colorado souvenir stores just to look. Our last stop in Old Colorado City was Colorado City Creamery, the oldest (and probably the best) ice cream shop in Colorado Springs. With 32 handmade flavors, it was hard to choose which I wanted, but I ended up settling for their French Silk, a chocolate based ice cream.
On the way back up to Denver, we made a stop at the chapel at the Air Force Academy. From the road, it is nothing more than just these spires sticking out of the forest area around it, but when you see it up close, it is an architectural marvel in it of itself.
Though we couldn’t go inside the chapel because of a wedding, we were able to see the outside of it. It was constructed in the mid-1950s but it looks like it belongs in the future. It is a two story chapel, catering to a variety of different faiths represented, so we ended up going in to the bottom portion. From that, I could only assume that the top was filled with the same stained glass the bottom had. It adds a warm, familiar feeling in comparison to the industrial exterior.
That just about sums up the day. It was a nice way to spend a Sunday, considering it is very rare that I have one off! I’m looking forward to spending the rest of the summer exploring the glorious state of Colorado!
Hope you all had a wonderful 4th of July weekend! 🙂