Colorado Springs is full of delightful places to spend an afternoon. As I continue to write Colorado Staycation posts I must include Cheyenne Cañon and Helen Hunt Falls. Located in southwest Colorado Springs the Cañon can be found along the same route from downtown Colorado Springs to the Broadmoor Hotel and the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.
Exploring the Local Coffee Shops: The Coffee Exchange
We are on a quest find the local cafes and coffee shops, tea rooms and diners, in search of delicious coffee, tea and local flare.
As I partner with my daughter, Maizy, we’ll each share our experiences and individual thoughts. This week, we’re talking about The Coffee Exchange, located at 526 S Tejon, in downtown Colorado Springs.
The Coffee Exchange is located downtown at Cimarron and Tejon. There are a variety of tables and plenty of space for a energetic downtown atmosphere, while still being cozy. The walls were covered in local art, and there was good reading material on the coffee tables near the back of the shop. That is where we settled in for about an hour, on the sofas at the back of the cafe. That gave us a wonderful view of the entire shop.
This center is at the entrance to Cheyenne Canyon. Starsmore Discovery Center is one of several nature centers in Colorado Springs. Each one offers fascinating opportunities for children and adults to experience and understand the natural world.
In the late spring and through the summer there are beautiful gardens full of native plants, butterflies and birds. Inside there are numerous displays, dioramas and hands on nature items as well as a bird watching area. There are areas for children to handle nature items, look at books or to color.
The center is open April to October, and hosts fantastic children’s events.
Outside you are likely to see squirrels, mule deer, various birds including Hummingbirds. There is access to the North Cheyenne Creek, where we have enjoyed picnics and a little splashing in the water.
Heading into the Canyon, from the Discovery Center, the road runs along the North Cheyenne Creek all the way up to Helen Hunt Falls. This road continues around to Gold Camp Road and more hiking trails. The Columbine Trail begins here, and just like the road leads up to the area around Helen Hunt Falls.
It is easy to see why this canyon is such a popular place for families. I hope you find a morning, afternoon or a whole day to explore the area.
The city of Colorado Springs is one of the most beautiful cities in the United States, personally speaking. We have all the wonder of natural beauty: 4 distinct seasons, mountains, plains, sunshine, rain, snow, ice, lakes, rivers, creeks, etc. And we have a wonderful eclectic community, including many fantastic artists.
If you take a drive to Cheyenne Canyon and Helen Hunt Falls on Colorado Springs west side, take a short detour while in the area. As you leave the Canyon, just past the Starsmore Discovery Center, turn right onto Pine Grove Avenue and go around the slight curve. There you will be met by an amazing sight.
1. Eleven Women Every Christian Should Know is an article written by Asheritah Ciuciu from the blog OneThingAlone.com I think the information in this article is wonderful for inspiring and stimulating the imagination of our sponsored children, especially the girls.
2. A letter about Beatrix Potter, along with one of her stories. In January I was cleaning out our game/craft closet and found a little bundle of stickers with Peter Rabbit and other Beatrix Potter characters. After a little searching I found the stories on the Project Gutenberg website, and printed two of the stories. I am going to use information from biography.com to write the kids, and include a copy of one of her stories with some of the stickers. Maybe you don’t have the stickers, but a letter with a story attached will be a real treat to your sponsored children.
3. The weather! Yes, how about writing about the weather you are having in your area? Include some nature and scientific information and enlarge the child’s understanding of weather in the world. In January I wrote about snow and had so much fun including some info about Snowflake Bentley. Attached to those letters were some photographs of snow in Garden of the Gods.
4. Something you have learned recently. Inspire your sponsored children to pursue learning as a way of life, by sharing things that you are learning. Right now I am doing a Lent study by the She Reads Truth team. In an upcoming letter I will be sharing something I have discovered in the first days of that study.
It is my belief that by writing to the children in this way, that the child’s mind has the opportunity to gain a greater scope for the imagination.
We have a wonderful privilege and responsibility in writing to our sponsored children. Think of it, we not only have the opportunity to invest in the lives of the future generation in our own families and communities, but also to invest in the lives of the future generations across the world. Just as I have desired and sought to inspire my children to pursue curiosity, beauty, and excellence, I am hoping to do the same with our sponsored children.
Please, in the comments, share your ideas for writing to our sponsored children!
Colorado Springs is home to many places of beauty and interest. Stepping away from all the natural beauty one can find a dozen or more places that celebrate the strength and ability of mankind. The Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center one of those places and is located near the downtown area at
U.S. Olympic Training Center
1 Olympic Plaza
Colorado Springs, CO 80909
Tours are offered daily, every half hour, for a small fee. The tickets you receive look like this:
The Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center sits on the 35-acre complex that was formally the site of ENT Air Force base until 1976. It is one of 3 OTC in the United States. The US Olympic Committee headquarters are located just a little a couple miles away in the downtown area.
The center has sport venues and support facilities. Athletes in fencing, gymnastics, judo, modern pentathlon, shooting,swimming, tekwando, weightlifting and wrestling can stay at the site, train and receive support at the OTC.
During the tour you will be shown a short video of recent past Olympic highlights and a preview of the next games, which will be, at the time of this writing, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
After the video there is a tour of the site, including a couple of gyms, the shooting range and the swimming pool. While there we saw many athletes training in weight lifting and wrestling.
If you are looking for stay-cation activities and destinations or are visiting Colorado Springs for business or recreation, I encourage you to take a couple of hours and visit the Olympic Training Center. You may leave inspired and energized to tackle the next activity you have planned with Olympic focus!
“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.” Ralph Waldo Emerson