The nice thing about where we’re living in Colorado is that the mountains are so close – you don’t have to drive far to get out of the “hustle and bustle” (which to be fair, seems pretty minor compared to big-city-hustle-bustle back in Chicago). In any case, we can hop in the truck, and be hiking in more-or-less middle-of-nowhere in under 30 minutes.
One of the afternoon drives we’ve made a few times from Colorado Springs has been up Gold Camp Road, which makes a nice little loop with a few places to pull off and picnic or hike. Random Fact: the photo my husband and I used for our Save-the-Dates was actually taken on our first hike of Helen Hunt falls.
The trails to the falls are far from strenuous (in fact you can see them without hiking at all), and there are even well-maintained walkways, steps and bridges that lead you around the area – good for a relaxing stroll or an outing with kids, not really if you’re looking for an extreme athletic mountain adventure.
Though the falls may not be the most dramatic you have ever seen, they have a nice rambling feel to them. As a artistic eye, I prefer the play of water tumbling over rocks than water falling into space on most days – though they both have their unique impacts.
Helen Hunt Falls is named for an early American author and novelist, Helen Hunt Jackson, who lived in the Springs for a period in the 1800s and was buried there after her death in 1885.
It is definitely fun living in a place whose beauty has inspired other artists and creatives over history – it is almost as if that mutual inspiration connects you to something bigger than yourself.
What inspires you about the place that you live?