Cotapaxi - Manitou Springs, CO
|Last year's largest "deposit" from upriver - they named it Nautilus :-)|
|A gaggle of Canada geese hang out on the other side of the rapid river (walking bridge to the tent camping area hanging above)|
|Making sure the sticks are all on land like they're supposed to be|
|In case the big metal ring does something exciting|
|Prickly Pear in bloom along a small bridge|
|Interesting new build on the hill|
The Jeep has been running rough off and on for a while, but when we start using higher octane gas it seems to clear it up. Not the case here. We go into Colorado Springs in the afternoon and can't run the A/C without it cutting out. We have an appointment for service in Longmont (our next stop), but there's lots we want to do in this area.
Friday morning we drive the couple miles to Garden of the Gods, hoping the Jeep will cooperate. I shouldn't be surprised anymore by the incredible beauty that Mother Nature has provided, and yet I am.
Even at 10 AM the park is crowded so we drive through a couple of times, grabbing the rare parking spot at a few turn outs. Not smooth, but the Jeep is running. The VC is huge and very well done - we enjoy the exhibits but bypass the movie this time.
|Pike's Peak in the background adds even more Wow.|
|Joining the tourist caravan|
|Kissing Critters rock|
|The natural fauna display is both lovely and disconcerting|
|The Land of Many Colors|
Bill's nieces want a photo of their childhood home in Colorado Springs so we take a drive into town. There are hundreds of beautiful homes from small bungalows to sprawling Victorians. 100 year old school buildings still house active elementary and middle school classes in tree-lined neighborhoods.
We find their home on Royer Street and send the requested photo with their uncle among the Irises.
|Manitou Common and Apricot Strong Ale|
We still have lots to see here in the next few days.