Saturday, June 27, 2015

Air Force Academy, Whit's End & Lowry

Thursday morning (6/11) we were up early for a yummy breakfast in our hotel before packing up for our last location move of the trip.  Before we left Colorado Springs we had a few more stops to make.  First up with the US Air Force Academy.  
 It is an absolutely beautiful campus!  We were lucky enough to stumble upon a private tour of the campus which was really neat.  We got to learn all about the cadets and what all they do while on campus.
 Of course the centerpiece of the campus is the amazing chapel!  It is stunning!

 Ben loved hearing about the campus and cadets.  He was all about attending the USAFA until he heard that cadets are required to keep their rooms spotless.
 We got to tour the inside of the chapel.  It was amazing!

 Ben and Matt practiced walking along the lines that the first year cadets have to walk along.

 It was great to see first hand the USAFA and the training that the brave young men and women go through in service of our country.
 The next stop was what the kids had been looking forward to for the whole trip - the Focus on the Family visitor's center which meant time at Whit's End!!  Everyone knows how much Ben loves Adventures in Odyssey this was a chance to get to see the world of Odyssey come to life!  They have such a fun play area that is set up to look like different areas of Odyssey.  There is Whit's End which is the centerpiece of Odyssey.
 They have an amazing 4 story twisty slide that is so much fun!!  Ben probably went down it 25 times.  Kate and I did it once that was enough for us.

 There were so many little touches of Adventures in Odyssey throughout the center.

 Kate loved getting to perform on the "Little Theater" stage.

 We had a yummy lunch at Whit's End of pizza and then finished off with the family Whit's End "Wodfamchocsod" and raspberry ripple ice cream.  The kids loved getting to actually try things they hear on the Odyssey episodes.  It was such a fun stop!
 After our time at Whit's End we headed up the road to Denver.  Spending time in Denver was the whole thing that started our trip planning.  Our dear friends the Sanfords moved to Colorado 2 years ago to plant a church.  We have loved hearing about all the amazing things God is doing in Lowry so we wanted to see it first hand.  Plus we would get to spend time with the Sanfords!  After we got checked into our hotel in Denver we went over to their house for the evening.  We shared dinner together.  The kids had a blast playing together while the adults laughed and enjoyed hanging out.

We were so excited to be in our final destination and to serve the community of Lowry!