Exploring familiar places

Before we took Alma back to the airport to head home to Atlanta, we made sure that she experienced hiking the Crags, just as Ben and Bailey did in June. This time the weather was much nicer and we didn’t have to break out the stylish black trash bags for inclement weather. We didn’t run into any sleet or cold wind on this trip. The sun may have been warm, but the water in the stream beside the trail was as cold as ever.

We hiked with more family groups this trip than before, I suppose because it’s getting closer to the beginning of school and more vacationers are taking advantage of those final weeks.  Usually we see several dogs accompanying hikers, and this time was no exception. It seems to me that it would be a long hike for some of the shorter-legged varieties who appeared to have to run to keep up. One little girl told us all about her dog, Inga, when we met their family. She seemed a little disappointed that they had to leave their cat at home!

At the pinnacle of the Crags, the view was spectacular since the sky was mostly clear with some puffy clouds. We could even see snow capped mountains in the far distance.

We made sure Alma got some shopping time in Manitou Springs while she was here. We’ve found it interesting to note that all the “springs” in Colorado Springs are actually in Manitou and we all tasted several of them. Some just taste like seltzer water, which others are decidedly more pungent. After lunch at PJs Bistro, we got to watch a long line of VW vans, Beetles and Things. Since none of them have been made in years, it was nice to see so many that have been restored and/or customized.

Along with several other things we sent Alma home with a couple of souvenirs that she could wear. I think we’ve turned her into a hat person!

We spent the last evening before Alma left visiting friends from Wichita at their cabin here near Woodland Park. Bob and Leslie Hutson, and Leslie’s family before them, have owned the cabin for decades and like to share it with family and friends. Larry and Lin Sangals and Dale and Karen Roberts, with whom we used to attend church, were all there for dinner. We had a great time watching the hummingbirds on their porch and we enjoyed a great meal. After dessert, we played a lively game of Balderdash, which is a game in which you make up definitions to unusual words and guess which definition is correct. I defy anyone to play that game without laughing!

And now, once again, Liberty is quiet with just two inhabitants. We love our time together, but we cherish the memories we have made this summer. It won’t be long before we’ll be moving on to Wyoming, exploring not so familiar places and finding things to share another year.

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