I went out with some friends today to hike around the Garden of the Gods. It was a beautiful day. I led the group around the Palmer trail starting from the main parking area down to where it connected with the Scotsman and Bucksin Charlie trails. We hiked the Bucksin Charlie trail and crossed the road to get to the Ute Trail. We took that trail and headed back north along the Bretag Trail until we met back up with the main parking area. The views from the trail of the main gardens were striking and it made me grateful to live in such a beautiful place.