While Pat and I were in Colorado we took a little day trip out to Colorado Springs to see a famous park called "Garden of the Gods." Garden of the Gods is a free public park with trails and cool red rock formations. Since I have never been to Colorado Spring and have never seen anything close to it before, I was really excited to go and to just be in nature.
The park was great. We took a walk around and looked and read about the beauty that can come from a pocket of interesting red rock formations in the middle of no where.
After the park Pat was excited to be driving a car and decided to take a scenic route by taking a mountain road through an area that Pat used to go camping with friends during high school. He thought it wouldn't take much longer than taking the highway; however, a hour journey back home became 3 1/2 hours!
It was so funny as we made our way through the snowy mountain in our Ford Focus, through winding roads and steep hills. There were a few times that we were not sure if we were going to make it home, but we did! All thanks to Pat's great driving skills.
This actually ended up being Pat's favorite part of the the trip, which left him exhausted the rest of the night from all the adrenaline he felt not knowing if the car would make it up a snow packed hill.
The drive was actually really relaxing (for me at least). We stopped a few times along the way to both go to the bathroom, camping style, and to enjoy the view. During the whole 3. 5 hours we were driving on this road we only saw two other vehicles. It was so quiet. The only sound was that of the wind passing through the trees.
Pat made an interesting observation as we drove down a dirty road that was lined with thousand of trees that we could barely see the sky. He said "See, it is just like we are New York, except that the trees would be buildings."
I love Pat's perspective on life. If only I had the ability to see things as he does.