Manitou Springs, CO
After our exciting trip the day before, Monday we stay close to home. In the afternoon I walk around the historic district of Manitou Springs. Like many little downtowns that have maintained their charm, but are buried by tourists during the summer, this Main Street is a colorful combination of history, art, eateries, and boutiques.
|Hippies are alive and well here, and colorfully clothed|
|A very do-able goal in this life|
|Sadly this magical place is closed Mondays|
|Old buildings and new yummies|
|and old yummies too|
|The springs of Manitou have an interesting history|
|and several of them are along the walkway in town|
I'm over it as soon as I leave the store :-)
The afternoon passes quickly as I take my time moving among package-laden folks. Bill gets a new t-shirt that I'm convinced he really needs, and I return home.
Tuesday is our last day here, and Bill finds Manitou Lake not far from us. It's warm early, but the breeze keeps it very comfortable for a few hours by the water. Bill fishes while Tessa and I walk the shoreline.
A couple van-loads of youngsters are laughing and having a great time in one of the group areas, fishing poles and other equipment in evidence. We wonder if maybe we'll have a lot of noisy company on the shore, but we seem to have arrived as they're finishing a morning of fishing. Perfect timing for everyone.
|His happy place|
|A pair of |
|Two Canada geese keep an eye on their more rambunctious neighbors|
|Tiny damsel flies flit along the shoreline|
|Showing a bit more caution in her water investigations|
|One of a few catches for the day - yay!|
|The covered group site has two fireplaces|
|One doesn't say no to award-winning margaritas!|
We enjoyed our five days exploring Bill's past and seeing some amazing sights. Now we're ready to continue north where the grandbaby and his parents and uncle are joining us for a few days!
|Travel day bug removal commences|
|Entering Denver with seven lanes full of our close friends|
Our destination is St Vrain State Park. The exit dumps us into major road construction on Hwy 119 - dang! The park is very close to the interstate, but even with some road noise it is lovely with a lot of water and green space. All sites are well spaced with clean, covered picnic tables, in-ground fire pits, and level paved pads. 50 amp FHUs at our site 81.
|Our beautiful, big front yard. The snow-capped Rockies in the distance.|