After a great afternoon at the Cave of the Winds the day before, we started our day really early on Sunday. A trip to the Waffle House was the first order of the day. We needed to get fueld right, since it was going to be a full day of walking and talking in and around Colorado Springs.
Gene and Jane drove us first to the most sought after shooting location in the Garden of the Gods. And getting there first thing in the morning was the best way to start the day, being one of the best National Natural Landmark in the country; people from all over the country flock to see the beautiful red rock formations. There were even some rock climbers that tested their skills while climbing different sandstone formations in the park.
After a two-hour hike around the endless trails in the Garden of the Gods, it was time for some lunch and some downtime in Manitou Springs. I have to say that the strawberry margarita at The Loop, a mexican restaurant located in the heart of downtown, is highly recommended!
The Pikes Peack Ascent Marathon was also ongoing when we were there, and we were lucky to see some of the finishers sprint to the finish line near The Loop. I have to say it piqued my spirit in running it sometime in the future… Well, maybe just a half-marathon – but we will see.
One of the highlights of downtown Manitou Springs is their Penny arcades! Well, technically you need quarters to play most of the games. But, it was nice to play good old fashioned pin ball games, derby races, skeeball and some “peep shows” too. 😀 It was all in good fun through and through.
We then headed to Old Colorado City and started by traipsing at the Little Colorado store; which is a haven of beautiful and colorful New Mexico artworks and knick-knacks. If only, I could ship one of their charming clay fire pot’s! I was able to snag an exquisite pair of earrings, I forgot what kind of stones it was – but it is blue and encrusted in silver.
A stroll along the main street was the next thing in order. We needed to reach the end and have some ice cream and sweets in the Rocky Mountain Chocolate store; which is notably the first and original of the said franchise. The walk towards our destination was very pretty, with brick sidewalks and flowers lining up the street; along with small dainty shops, restaurants and cafe’s dotted the streets. It was the place to be to just chill.
Our Sunday night was capped off with a wonderful dinner hosted by Gene’s daughter and her wonderful family. I was sad to know that we were about to leave in a few hours, but we were happy with having family in this part of the country. I was mostly thrilled seeing Tony happy being with one of his marine brothers – after years of not seeing each other.
Until our next visit!