Garden of the Gods

Although I wish I were off on another adventure, I am sitting here reminiscing and dreaming lazily about my next trip. I am sad to say that this summer will likely include moving to our new home, and several weddings across the country, which leaves us with very little time to plan a trip. Therefore, I figured I would discuss one of my all-time favorite adventure places.

On my very first trip to Colorado in August of 2013, I had the opportunity to see Garden of the Gods during the best time of the day, just before sunset. This will always be my favorite time that I spent in the park, and I would suggest it to those in the area during the summer time. The way the sunsets over Pikes Peak and glows against the beautiful red rock will make your mouth water.

Once I moved to the area, Garden of the Gods was one of my favorite places to spend time. It was a great place to get outside, hike, explore, and wander. I felt as if every time I was there, I found a part of the park I had never seen before. Therefore, I suggest it to all visitors. It is the unknown 8th wonder of the world, and you are missing out if you do not visit this incredible park. The park can be accessed 365 days a year; sun or snow and is a great place to picnic, hike, walk your dogs, let your kids run around, and to take in the beauty of our country.

I look forward to bringing my family here in the future. It is one of the places my heart belongs and I look forward to sharing it with as many people as I possibly can.

Garden of the Gods Website: http://www.gardenofgods.com

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The final COUNTDOWN

Oh, how excited I am to say that we are finally in the home stretch, the light at the end of the tunnel is faintly visible. One month from tomorrow Jack will have some shiny new wings pinned on to his dress blues. He will officially be a pilot in the world’s greatest Air Force. That means two weeks from Friday we will find out his next assignment. I am getting excited and more anxious as the days pass, but I am anticipating that we will enjoy our next “home” as much or more than we have enjoyed Oklahoma.

The 24th of March will be one of the most important days so far; we will find out what plane he will be flying, as well as where we will end up. Hopefully, in the next week or so we will get his dream sheet with the list of planes and bases that are available for his drop night. We will then put in preferences and cross our little fingers and say some prayers. There are several options that Jack is interested in specifically the C17 and C5. Both are incredibly large planes with great missions. So, they will be at the top of his list. There is also the dreaded instructor pilot position that is on every list. Out of all the options, it will be toward the bottom. In many cases it goes to people in the top third of the class and this assignment would mean we would be staying in Oklahoma for three more years. Overall, we will make the best of what is to come, but we are hopeful that it will be somewhere outside of Oklahoma.

Now that we are in the last month we are trying to tie together some ends that need to be completed before drop night and graduation. We have been in the process of making an enlarged patch for their training class, and it has been quite the task. However, I have found that the process has been easier than we initially expected. It has taken far less time, and we are almost done. I cannot wait to see the final product.

I am hopeful that the next few weeks will fly by and that we will know our fate soon! So, for now, that is all I can update about, but I am hopeful that we will have some good news to share in two and a half weeks.