Mystery: Road Trip Colorado – Days 2 & 3

Mystery

“The human spirit needs places where nature has not been rearranged by the hand of man.”  ~Author Unknown

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This is what we really came to see in Colorado.

Nature.

Scenery.

Quaint towns.

The mysteries of God’s creations and man’s creations nestled therein.

Garden of the Gods

Beginning our 3 mile hike along the trail encircling the sheer rock formations planted by God.

On the trail.

Along the trail which ended at the last rock showing in this photo. Colorado Springs is in the background.

Still along the trail (the name of this formation escapes me)…

“Siamese Twins”

The view of Pikes Peak through the hole in Siamese Twins.

“Balanced Rock”

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Manitou  Springs

Manitou Springs is a really cute, touristy town nestled in a beautiful, narrow valley attached to Colorado Springs.

Alan had fun here going on a scavenger hunt. We had a brochure with photos that he attempted to duplicate, the first of these being one of them.

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Manitou Cliff Dwellings

A fellow tourist counted 13 rooms which were supposed to hold a single family in each room.

We spent over an hour at this spectacular spot.

Once a three story, three family home. Probably the first condominiums.

See the pictograph up high?

The Anasazi had incredible workmanship.

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Breckenridge, CO

If you take Hwy 9 between I-70 and Hwy 24, that is where the crazy switchbacks are and you’ll also come across the town of Breckenridge.

When we passed through Breck going to Colorado Springs, it was late and dark, but it looked appealing so we made sure to hit it on our way home. Daylight showed it to be over-glamorized for our taste. I was looking for a new purse but I wasn’t about to pay $400 for one.

Breckenridge’s redeeming quality was Bubba Gump Shrimp, Co.

In the end, Alan was sad he ordered something typical (fried shrimp) instead of something unique… like my scrumptious Shrimpin’ Dippin’ Broth (shrimp cooked and served in a cajun style broth with rice and french bread).

Mmm-mmm-mm!

The paraphernalia and quotes from the Forrest Gump movie was simply awesome.

“Mama always says ‘Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.'”

(Notice Forrest’s shoes, suitcase, and box of chocolates.)

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Road Trip Ends with Rainbows

It rained from Glenwood Canyon on home. See the rainbow in my phone camera? It was a complete arched, double rainbow.

Now see it here as best we could get going 65 mph.

We had such a good time!
It was very hard to come home. And give up the comfy rental car. And go back to work. And be responsible again.
But we’re so happy that we got to go!
Next road trip is May’s camping with family near Escalante and then Arizona for another training. Can’t wait.

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