It was the day of the visit to go to the High Mountains. There was no other day for my visiting friend and it rained. Clouds on High Mountains obscured the view of their glory. In the Western USA, we never complain about rain – the liquid from the sky is too precious.
Stopped at Chalk Creek for noisy creek and a quick picnic before the rain chased us down the mountain road. Mt Princeton Hot Springs had to be skipped in the cold rain. My Texas friend was cool for the first time in months.
We took a drive up to St. Elmo, an abandoned mining town. There were a hundred motorcyclists, campers, visitors, and cars in the little town – even in the height of summer. We experienced deer and fawn running in front of our car. The tame fat and well trained chipmunks visit all new visitors and eat out of your hand if you are willing. It had been several years since I had visited St. Elmo and I wanted to hike at 10,000 feet. I remembered an old trail, but we couldn’t get down the mountain with bushwhacking. My favorite thing – until the citizens of St. Elmo reprimanded us….
Alternate route home through Salida to escape the downpour. A bit of shopping, galleries and a Christmas gift is purchased….
Back through the Canyon? on Hwy 50 carved by the Arkansas River. I stopped to show my friend my favorite tree and the gorgeous rapids along Five Points.
She also experienced Sunwater Spa in Manitou Springs for the Hot Barrel Soak and some much needed Hammock time. My mom accompanied us to Glen Eyrie Castle for High Tea. we could even eat as they had dairy free and gluten free tea snacks. Not sure they are as good as the food, but I appreciate the effort.
“For it will be a unique day which is known to the Lord, neither day nor night, but it will come about that at evening time there will be light. And in that day living waters will flow out of Jerusalem, half of them toward the eastern sea and the other half toward the western sea; it will be in summer as well as in winter.And the Lord will be king over all the earth; in that day the Lord will be the only one, and His name the only one.” Zechariah 14: 7-9