Today we ventured over to the Paint Mines located near Calhan, Colorado. The drive was nothing special as we headed along the plains of Colorado. Once we finally got to the Paint Mines we knew the drive was totally worth it. This place reminded us of a mini Badlands. We climbed all over the sandstone-capped spires and hoodoos and were fascinated by the colorful hues of clay mounds. We loved exploring in and out of all the rock formations. Andrew was always one step ahead of all of us. He was often found at the top of some formation way before any of us could get up there. There was lots of climbing, laughing, some whining, occasional snow throwing, and kindness in helping each other traverse through the amazing maze of rock formations. The kids were quick to find different "caves" and small nooks and crannies in which they liked to hide. The pink, yellow and white hued rocks looked like rainbow sherbet. I would have never thought something so cool was so close to where we live.