Below is a picture of the output of Manitou Springs this year.
Another street scene from Manitou Springs
Out next stop the Garden of the gods. An area of water, wind and rain erosion that produces interesting shapes. Fred mentioned this in his comments, we wanted to see it.
The entrance to the Garden is this Balanced Rock. Nature does this in many places. We got to see many of them in Arizona and there is one called the Jefferson rock at Harper's Ferry.
This is the Garden's tourist trap. 'Garden of the Gods Trading post, circa 1900.They all have them and not really bad, we love to window shop but seldom buy. There were coffee cups for $8-15. We skipped them
I don't remember but two names of the nature sculps.
This one was called the 'Three Graces'.
You could see birds snuggled, or flying in and out of the many holes in the rock. There were many species of birds. Here are two loving pigeons.
Plaque on one of the large outcropings, Stating that the gift was fromt he Perkins family and it would ever be FREE to the public.
Colorado means 'red' in an indian language. This white outcropping seems nearly our of place among allthe red ones.
The highest formation is called 'Kissing Camels' As we drove in I mentioned it should be called kissing rocks.
In this one you can see some of the many holes for birds and animals to find a home and shelter.
Of course I did not show all the formations. They were all interesting. It was a good walk and well worth the price, FREE. It always amazes one like me who is used to obeying rules and laws, to see folks walk right past a sign that says 'KEEP OUT, area in process of restoration'.
Variation Law - If you change lines (or traffic lanes), the one you were in will always move faster than the one you are in now (works every time).