I didn't fall off the face of the planet, but I got close.
Our first day was spent driving from Wisconsin to Colorado Springs. The 15 hour drive went really well, even towards the end. We brought along some new CD's, and made a few coffee stops. We got to Colorado Springs at about 10 pm, and crashed at a fly-by-night motel. Early the next morning we headed to Garden of the Gods, a free park right outside of Colorado Springs. It was a good place to start our trip.
The view from the visitors center:
Walking through the 'garden':
We drove to Sand Dunes later that day, but I'll post more on that later today as I get the photos edited! Stay tuned!