Our final full day in Colorado Springs was just as wonderful as the days preceding it; we went to the Cave of the Winds in the morning, where we took a Lantern Tour. It was just like it sounded… we had a lantern for light on our tour of the cave. It was a neat experience, but the downside of only having a lantern for a light, was that you only have a lantern for light. It would have been nice to see a little more and if I had been able to figure out how to correctly use my camera. The guide was funny and told a lot of ghost stories about the guy who found the cave and turned it into a business, but we did feel a little bit rushed through the tour. I think that I would probably go again, but only if we could get the military discount.
After our cave tour, we went through Garden of the Gods one more time before just chilling for the afternoon. In the evening we headed out to Glen Eyrie for the Madrigal Banquet. It was amazing! I wish that I could have taken a picture during the daytime, because the castle is absolutely spectacular. It must have been absolutely amazing to live there.
Please forgive some of these bad pictures… still trying to figure that camera out.
There were two sets of singers for the evening: one was from the Broadmoor that entertained us while we sipped our wassail and roamed around before dinner and the other sang and danced during dinner between courses. The set that sang during the meal is a group of volunteers that sound amazing! In fact, they sang one set of songs during dessert that moved me to tears and really made me miss singing in a group setting. I even started looking up choirs in the area when I got home, but no luck so far.
Anyway, there was also a troupe of wandering troubadours (or threebadours, or fourbadours, as they liked to say) that provided the comic relief for the evening. I took a picture with them during one of the intermissions and they were certainly very friendly, but reeked of smoke!
One of the best things about the Madrigal Banquet and hearing Handel’s Messiah was the realization that if they were listening, unbelievers were hearing the Gospel! It really was wonderful to think about; Christmas is a time when people in general are so much more receptive to the Word.
On Sunday morning before catching our plane home, we ran into the Broadmoor because Mom wanted to see their Christmas display. Earlier in the week, we saw that they had a cookie/pastry display set up and we expected it to be really big, similar to what they do at the Grand Floridian. Boy, were we wrong! It was one table with a dozen or so little houses. Don’t get me wrong, it was well done, just not what we expected. We walked around for a few minutes and admired all of the architectural details in the main building and the decor on the grounds. It is a really lovely place and I think that I would enjoy staying there.
Finally, our trip was over and we boarded our plane to come home. It was such a nice trip and Waterbrook Multnomah ended up giving us enough money in gift cards that we really didn’t have to pay for anything out of pocket! I am so glad that Mom and I were able to take this trip; it was great to spend some one-on-one time with her and just get away from everything for a little while. Thank you Waterbrook Multnomah!!!!!!!!