Saw my best friend graduate from the Air Force Academy!
I proudly visited Colorado Springs for ten days to see my best friend graduate as a part of the class of 2011 and to be commissioned as 2nd Lieutenant in the Air Force! We stayed with friends in Palmer Lake, CO and enjoyed the beautiful lake and convenience to Colorado Springs. I enjoyed an easy hike at Spruce Mountain, about 10 minutes North of Palmer Lake, and a much more rigorous trek at Stanley Canyon on the USAFA base.
Highlights were a day in Denver on the 16th street mall and attending a Colorado Rapids soccer game! Manitou Springs was charming and The Garden of the Gods is an incredible site about 15 minutes south of Colorado Springs. It is easy to access and beautiful at sunset. Above all though, a must is to visit the Academy, a visit the chapel and if you can, make it to graduation. The thunderbird show was amazing and I have never felt so proud to be an American!!