July 6 - by Katelyn
Today we hung out at Garden of the Gods
Today we went to Garden of the Gods National City Park. Here, we went on a short hike and learned a lot about the park and its history and geology. This park was created all because of Charles Elliot Perkins and his kids. At first, Charles Perkins bought this land that is now called Garden of the Gods. Charles Perkins always wanted this land to be open and free to all people, so after Charles died, his children made Garden of the Gods a City park! Since Charles did not want anything built on the land that he bought, the Parks Visitors Center was not allowed to be built in the park.
It was built right outside of the entrance! When I heard this I could not stop thinking about how funny it is that they had to build the Visitors Center outside of the park. This park was established in 1909. This place was created to be like this all because of uplift. All the rocks used to lay down flat on the ground, but then there was uplift that caused the ground to rise into red rock formations called fins. The hike was really short, so after that we went to the Visitors Center and got our JR ranger books. I also learned about the Ute Indians, and their most important animal, the buffalo. I also got Red Velvet cake fudge that a nice cashier gave to me. Then we went back to the RV, and on the way I fell down four steps. After that, we drove to Pikes Peaks RV campground because we would possibly climb the 14,115 ft. mountain, Pikes Peak (note: we got up at 4am to do the climb, however there were thunderstorms in the forecast so we had to cancel the plans). Then we ate dinner and went to bed. I had a really good day.