Views, climate and city's tranquility define life here
Spending every summer at The Broadmoor was a perfect childhood. We were busy with swimming, riding, skating, tennis, the rodeo and its parade, the ice shows, polo matches, the zoo, picnics in the mountains, working in the snack bar at Seven Falls.
When we moved to The Mesa, summers brought friends galore to enjoy the cool and participate in my passion for tennis, golf, hiking and learning about nature and the geology laid out at our front door.
When asked why he bought a desert location with no water and only yucca, my Dad said, “The view captured me.” He also loved the cool, bug-free nights and sunny days. A great climate, inspiring scenery and host of activities is about all one can hope for in life as a tourist. It works for us locals, too — which I consider myself after 70 summers.
As a world traveler with 139 countries on my passport, the only places I haven’t visited are those requiring summer travel. Leaving Colorado Springs in the summer would not be trading up. The view of Pikes Peak through the Garden of the Gods is unsurpassed in the world.
Hike the innumerable trails in the front range on warm summer days, gaze across the plains, and you know life is good. There is so much to enjoy — the Pioneers Museum and Fine Arts Center show the rich history of the area while the Olympic Training Center and many galleries are glimpses into the future. Trips to Denver to see the Botanical Garden, Historical Museum, art museums and shows are great. But best of all, we return from the frenzy to calm Colorado Springs.
The natural resources of the Springs can’t be improved. It is our responsibility as locals and summer residents to respect what we have and preserve this special place we call home.
Lyda Hill is a Dallas businesswoman who founded a travel agency in 1967 followed by various startups including — a breast care center, the Garden of the Gods Visitor Center and numerous real estate enterprises including the Ft. Worth Stockyards. Her civic involvements include chairmanships of the Crystal Charity Ball, the Junior League of Dallas, the American Heart Association and the Visiting Nurse Association. She is the president of the Lyda Hill Foundation that supports increasing the understanding of nature and science.