TownePlace Suites Colorado Springs - Garden Of The Gods
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... impressed looks. We laughed at the fact that we probably looked that exact way everywhere we visited! We had girl's night at Emily's and Lise's apartment (two wonderful French friends from Globe and Co) and then Courtney and I had a last Fondue dinner with Alexandre as we celebrated the end of a semester with lots of cheese and white wine.
I was one of the last ones to leave. Courtney left to Paris on the 25th and early that morning we rolled her 150lbs ...
... and ate some lunch and played with Lesley and Ray's new computer. Windows 8 is hard.
Around 5ish we made our way to Manitou Springs. This is a really quaint mountain town just outside of Colorado Springs. We wandered around for a couple of hours checking out the shops, the sculptures and the cold spring fed fountains. We had dinner along the river at the Stagecoach Inn and then back ...
... back fond memories of my many visits when I was young.
In the courtyard I was able to photograph the mural by Frank Mechau, Wild Horses. To the best of my knowledge that mural has been in place since 1936.
In the main foyer is another Dale Chihuly chandelier. It was made in 2004 of 842 separate glass parts. The chandelier weighs an impressive 2,200 pounds. It certainly does not look like it should weigh that ...
... our minds. Each with backpacks loaded for a two day climb, we found the fist two miles extremely steep and tiring. The terrain changed constantly from the trail winding through a forest to walking along a mountain side with spectaclular views to climbing over rocks. What an interesting hike. We rested and admired the views often. By noon we had arrived at our camp spot, Barr Camp. It was a rustic camp with a cabin that had cots for 18-20 hikers. There was ...
Monday - found out that Interstate 25 south to New Mexico is on fire. Plotted a new path to get to Corrales. Also found out the the Huachuca mountains south of my house are on fire. There was smoke in the air here and I had to use my inhaler. We had a picnic dinner at a resevoir west of Colorado Springs. Wonderful scenery and good food.
Tuesday - The highway is still closed so I took the scenic route. It would ...