|Camping and hiking at the Garden of the Gods|
Last week we headed south to Garden of the Gods in Shawnee National Forest. With it being about 6 hours away, we left after breakfast and arrived with plenty of time to set up camp and take a short hike on the Observation Trail. A perfect intro to the beautiful sandstone rock formations, the Observation Trail is a 1/4-mile interpretive flagstone loop with panoramic views of the surrounding Garden of the God Wilderness.
|Garden of the Gods Observation Trail, Shawnee National Forest|
After eating a delicious Thanksgiving dinner, we all bundled up and hunkered down to read in the tent. This was our first time winter camping with the kids. Waking up to a chilly 28 degrees, when pancakes in town were offered for breakfast, we all jumped in the car. With our bodies warm and bellies full, we drove back to the Garden of the Gods for longer hike. We started at the "backpackers' lot" and took a 2 hour loop through gorgeous hilly forest and incredible views of the bluffs. After a hotdog and s'more lunch, we packed up and headed home. Great first time hiking at the Garden of the Gods and winter camping with the kids!
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