Hometown Series - Me

Happy Monday! Hope you all had a wonderful weekend, yesterday was running 12 miles following a delicious reward of homemade cinnamon rolls. Don't worry I'll share the recipe.
I have asked a bunch of you to share with me and other bloggers about your hometown, writing from the perspective if I was coming to visit you what would you plan for the two of us. Now I want to share with you a few of the towns I have lived in. Being an Air Force brat, I don't have a particular a town I would call home. It is a clique but for me home is where the heart is but the fortunate thing for all of you, I have a few hometowns to share with you all :-)

Today I will be sharing with you Colorado Springs, Colorado. I lived there 1987-1990 which was kindergarten for me. We then moved to Lawrence, KS and then back to Colorado Spring from 4th grade until 1 month into 7th grade when we moved to Monterey, CA. We lived in the same house both times, my parents just rented the house out while were away. I went back to the same elementary school I went to for kindergarten and had some of the same friends.
If you came to visit me when I lived in Colorado Springs, I would first take you for a run in the beautiful Garden of the Gods. I always start my day with a run and Garden of the Gods is so breath-taking and I would point out the kissing camels.
The beautiful white capped mountain in the background is Pikes Peak.
Here are the kissing camels.
When living in Colorado Springs, we didn't live on the Air Force Academy even though my dad was teaching cadets there. We certainly spent a lot of time at the Academy especially Wednesday nights when I took ice-skating lessons on the rink.
I did ice-skating competitions, those cutesy little outfits, the fancy white skates, yup I did it all. I even got to meet Nicole Bobek when she was training there once. If you google her now, you would see she is known now for her drug issues rather than her ice skating abilities. Soo much for my role model when I was younger. 
If you came to visit me in Colorado Springs, I would probably take you ice-skating at that rink or if we would see an Air Force Academy hockey game and listen for the announcer to say " LET'S PLAY HOCKEY!!"
While at the Air Force Academy, I would take you to the gorgeous chapel they have, which has 4 worship areas, a Christian, Catholic, Jewish and all faiths.

After the chapel visit, we would probably check out the rest of the Academy because it is such a beautiful campus.
After the Air Force Academy, I would take you to the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and we would feed the giraffes some wheat crackers you can buy.


Following the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo for dinner we would head to Phantom Canyon Brewing Co. It is a microbrewery and they make their own root beer too. When we were children living in Colorado Springs, we would order a root beer but not drink it until dessert when we ordered vanilla ice cream and had a root beef float. My favorite dish I would highly recommend you order would be the beef pot roast with mashed potatoes. It is beyond amazing!


If you didn't get enough dessert with the root beer float and also because two desserts on vacation is totally acceptable, then we will head over to Josh and John's Ice Cream, which is so freaking amazing and naturally produced without hormones.
These old fashioned ice cream churners are in the store.

That would be how I would show you one of the hometowns I lived in growing up as a child. Colorado Springs was a wonderful city to live in and I have wonderful memories from there. Hope I have enticed you enough to check out the city if you ever get a chance to visit it. I'll be sharing a few more of the different cities I lived in growing up in the next couple of weeks, keep your eyes open for more hometown series Meg Henning edition!


Ruthie Hart said...

that zoo!!!! SO COOL! You are so close to the giraffes, so amazing

Allyson Butler said...

That is all so pretty!


CALLIE said...

Yes!! I love a zoo... and a brewery! I think I would like running a whole lot more if I had that view.. just sayin'!

Andrea D said...

I've never been to Colorado, but we have friends who just bought a house there and now that we have to drive from CA to MO for Christmas, we're planning a stop next December.
I think I could love running/hiking with that pretty view, and I KNOW I would love the naturally produced ice cream!

Becky said...

churning ice cream? Sign me up.

Meghan @ More from Meg said...

Wow - looks like so many fun things! Colorado is definitely on my travel list!! :)

Moon said...

Colorado looks great, but euh; you run 12 miles. Damn, that's great, I hope I'll get there! :)

Alexa said...

Ah those pics of the mountains are gorgeous. Always a place I've wanted to visit! :)

birdie to be said...

Aw how nice to see inside you're world!

Jennifer @ Delightfully Noted said...

I was at the Garden of Gods years ago when me and my hubby first started dating! I always said if we ever moved out of Chicago the only place I'd be excited about would be Colorado. Such a beautiful state!

Sami said...

This makes my heart so happy! I love Colorado Springs, I'm so lucky to be only an hour away. My aunt and uncle are building a custom home in Garden of the Gods, it's going to be amazing. You did skip one of my all time favorite things about C.Springs though. Manitou Springs :) It reminds me of being a little kid and playing in the arcade and eating Caramel corn from the little wooden stand!

Tiffany Mendenhall said...

I just love this! Gorgeous photos, great advice/suggestions, love it!


What a fun place to visit! I have not been to that part of Colorado. Boy do I feel old reading this blog! I was graduating college when you were in K!! Haha! Have a fabulous day! Stacie xo

Britt said...

I didn't realize you were from Colorado Springs! My aunt and uncle lived have lived there for 30+ years. I totally agree with you on is being a great place to visit! We've only been once, but it was a great trip.

Hilliary@Brunch and Cupcakes said...

Colorado looks beautiful, makes me want to take a vacation right now! I hope all is well with you and that your week is off to a great start!

Mrs. Pancakes said...

So beautiful!!

Rod and Alex - aka: "Rolex" said...

My cousin just moved to Colorado Springs! If I ever decided to move away from California (which is highly unlikely) I would love to move to Colorado! :)

Stephanie said...

Wow. Now I want to go to Colorado Springs!

PS - I totally remember Nicole Bobek!

Lexie Loo, Lily Boo, and Dylan Too! said...

It looks beautiful there!

A said...

It looks beautiful there, and I'm obsessed with giraffes!


xoxo A

BeckyJo606 said...

Colorado Springs looks amazing! And, I think two desserts when you're on vacation is also completely ok. :)

Jamie said...

I have always wanted to go to Colorado! We have family that lives there, but I have still never been. And, two desserts a day is completely acceptable in my book, especially ice cream! Loved that you shared one of your home towns :)