And my shirt was too big. Pitfalls of signing up late.
As my friend and I were running, we talked about the fact that "this is it till Monday when it comes to working out, so if it hurts tomorrow, that's okay". I wasn't expecting Scott to be home on Saturday and was planning on having a lazy day. Instead, he came home Friday night and wanted to "do" something on Saturday and we ended up going hiking.
My poor feet.
We went to North Cheyenne Canon Park, which is right in the middle of Colorado Springs. It's right near the Broadmoor Hotel and has several trails to offer. I went into the Starsmore Discovery Center (which reminded me of the Eagle River Nature Center, for any Alaska readers out there) and asked the ladies at the desk what a good hike would be. We had two dogs and weren't prepared for anything strenuous. They gave me a map and suggested the Lower Columbine Trail. It led to the Middle and Upper Columbine Trails, so it progressively got harder and took you 4 miles to Helen Hunt Falls. We did not make it all 4 miles because it was kind of a tough trail and we, going along with my unprepared theme, were not planning on such a hike. We went the entire Lower trail, and did 3 switchbacks of the middle trail. We were huffing and puffing and Jett was truly pulling me along.
My little sled dog.
If you point at something and tell Jett to look, he will instead look at you. This includes food, quail, and cameras.
Scout had had enough of us holding him back at this point.
After we went back to the truck for water and dog treats, we walked up to the reservoir and had a nice view, but there wasn't much to see up there.
Co Springs' water supply
The Broadmoor Hotel
We went back to the truck (slowly and painfully in my case…Jett just walks too fast) and headed off in search of a place to eat. There is a TON of shopping and dining options on Powers Blvd. It's where all my favorite stores are, plus Panera (ate there on Thursday), Super Target, Whole Foods, etc. They even have a farmers' market on Thursdays. It's on the opposite end of town, but the highway cuts right across to where our house is, so we can go in the back way and avoid all the I-25 traffic.
As we were driving through the parking lots, we saw Pho and Grille. Scott had been wanting pho last week and we couldn't find a place near us. Pho is Vietamese noodle soup and we really came to love it while we lived in Alaska. Anchorage, being incredibly diverse, had just about every kind of cuisine you could imagine (except Panera, of course) and I don't remember if we ever found pho in the midwest. I'm guessing not in Waynesville anyway.
After the 5K and that ridiculous hike, I wanted something more substantial than soup, so I had the Grilled Chicken Bowl. We had shrimp spring rolls and Scott had a Thai iced tea (I took a sip or two…even my sweet tooth can't handle those things.)
This was, without a doubt, the best thing I'd eaten so far in Colorado. I can't say it any more clearly. If you want to make me happy, give me a big bowl of Asian noodles. I don't even understand how it is possible to cook chicken so perfectly. Plus, there was cucumber, carrots, bean sprouts, shredded lettuce, cilantro, peanuts, and a sweet and sour dressing over the whole thing. I added some soy sauce and chili paste. I ate as much as I could, but ended up taking half of it home. Scott said the pho was some of the best he'd ever had.
If you are in the mood for Thai/Asian/Vietnamese food in Colorado Springs, go to Pho and Grille. It's right next to an I-max theater, along a street of outdoor shops. We can already tell that this is going to be our go-to location for dinner and movie nights. It was absolutely fantastic.
And then we went to Coldstone Creamery, which was right next door.
- If you are going to hike in North Cheyenne Canon, take a backpack with water and snacks.
- You do not have to pay to park or hike. It's all free!
- If you are going to eat Asian food in Colorado Springs, go to Pho and Grille.