High as in altitude, that is. We have a view like this just about every morning on the way to the lodge for breakfast. Sometimes the Peak is clearer, but I think fog and smoke contributed to this gorgeous take on the mountain.
Following sinus surgery in the spring, I was looking forward to breathing more easily this summer, but I really can’t tell much difference. It hasn’t slowed me down much, though! The weather has been great, with a few rain showers the last week. The forest fire that was within 15 or 20 miles of us is almost completely contained and we didn’t even see smoke when we drove west on Highway 24 this week. Other areas of Colorado (and California) aren’t so lucky. Rain would still be welcome!
After 8 straight days of work, we took last Tuesday off and left the mountain for a while. We walked all over Manitou Springs and shopped the tourist shops, including, of course, T-shirt and ice cream shops. We ate at a little restaurant right along Fountain Creek.
Just off the patio, we found a couple of interesting bike sculptures. We watched several children climb on for a photo.
Manitou Springs is a fun place and we always try to go into a store called, I think, the Cotton Patch. They sell women’s clothing, although I didn’t buy any this time. The owner is originally from Kansas and we always enjoy visiting with her. One of the stores which mostly sells jewelry has a desk set up for anyone to type whatever they’d like on an old fashioned typewriter. This one was even before the ones I learned on, even though they too were manual and not electric.
Back home in Kansas, we have great news from baby Rae. Jordan said late this week that she weighed 4 lb. 12 oz. and has progressed out of the NICU into a special care unit where they have a private room and can hold her much more. I think she’s Daddy’s girl! Marc was whispering World Cup soccer updates in her ear, I’m sure.
Rain showers have brightened some of the nature around us. I’ll leave you with a couple of shots I particularly liked.