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.|
Manitou Springs is such a great town, the shops around there are fun to browse. We've been to The Loop many times for dinner.ReplyDelete
I was shocked at how busy the little town is - still, it has a great authentic feel!Delete
Looks like a great visit to Manitou Springs. But now you are having the best time of all with the grandbaby. Have a wonderful time with family and give Ezra lots of hugs:)ReplyDelete
It went by way too fast!!Delete
This was another great day checking out the area. Tourists are everywhere now that school is out so it doesn't matter whether or not it's a weekend anymore. Your next adventure is just ahead.ReplyDelete
Summer does make a big difference for sure! The state park hasn't emptied out very much for a Monday.Delete
Love the white pelicans, Jodee! We saw them inland in Florida. Quite a bit different than the coastal variety.ReplyDelete
They are really goofy birds, at least these two were!Delete
Love that picture of Bill. What a background to relax in. I admit that on thing I love to do but don't in my RV life is dress up. One year maybe I'll just travel around from one Renaissance Festival to another to OD on dress up. Those hippie clothes looked fun.ReplyDelete
That sounds like a grand plan! Love all the regalia to dress in, and the delight of losing oneself in a different time.Delete
Looks like you had a wonderful few days in Manitou Springs—I think it's a place we would enjoy. I often feel inspired to buy pretty things when I browse through interesting shops—and then recover my senses when I leave the store. :-)) Bill definitely looks relaxed sitting by the lake!ReplyDelete
I'm sure you would enjoy MS - it is just quirky enough to make the crowds worth weathering :-) He loved that little lake!Delete
Love the hippie clothes but who has space. Is fun to look though. The margaritas look good but no thanks to the city traffic. You've got to be enjoying family by now.ReplyDelete