I am blessed and thankful to be in the country I am and the city that I live in. Relatively safe, I am free to walk and wander where I please without fear of harassment. I have a wonderful, supportive Mom who always goes the extra distance for me, whether its looking after me after I have had a surgery or when a body part has stopped working or driving me to appointments and even driving me the hour & a half to this wonderful hot springs spa.
A friend had a wonderful idea of using her age to come up with a set number of things to be thankful for, but I thought that would be too many and most people would fall asleep before ever reaching the end of it with my age :PP, so I am sparing you that.
At Manitou Beach they have a Camp Easter Seal for disabled children that runs in the summer. A local person said there is a nice trail leading from it and since there was no one there now I could go through there to get to it.
I walked through the area, coming to a boardwalk:
Coming to this dead end. Their former 'rodeo' grounds had been flooded out and they never reclaimed it:
The path was clearly not used any more and was a dead end:
So I tried another pathway and came upon:
They turned and ran:
But not that far:
I was wishing I could walk along the beach, but that fence the deer jumped over ran along the entire beachfront:
The trail soon headed up and away from the lake:
The fall colors explode:
Then I spotted a dark little thickly bushed in trail. The going was rough, rocky and narrow and I am guessing a creek went through here at one time. This is where I picked up all those nasty stickers:
This road I came across ran from the golf course:
The trail narrowed:
It became a groomed trail, where I sign I spotted said it was a ski trail in the winter:
I noticed the sun was starting to set, bringing out the fall colors wonderfully:
Getting back closer to the lake:
A ravine with shadows encroaching:
Beating feet back to the hotel:
Enjoying a last look at the lake:
This is the long, very steep road that goes into Manitou Springs passing the golf course. I used it a couple of times, once when I wanted to get to the ski trail quicker bypassing the Camp Easter Seal:
While the shoulders were nice and wide at the top here, the lower and steeper it got, the more narrow it got until there were no shoulders!! Fortunately, cars were few and far between!
It was a long, but nice Sunday October 13 having both sets of my relatives over (but not complete sets). After having two incredibly big and varied meals, I came home and then went to the club for a few hours. I cleaned up loose ends on the computer, set up my Monday game, tidied up and the worst job of all, scrubbing coffee and chocolate stains out of the Berber carpet. This is hard and time consuming. I had a great spot remover, but you still had to rinse it out thoroughly, a lot of scrubbing with that loopy carpet :((. I did all around the worst three tables and was totally exhausted, my arm not going to give me any more :( Normally, I would keep going until I was finished the whole room, but it was really a mess with spills everywhere, big and small.
My Monday game went fine and I was ready to come home and wash my windows. My Mom insisted on helping in spite of her being exhausted from all her cooking and cleaning for our Thanksgiving. I was grateful as we were able to get it done a lot quicker then me on my own. I had another wonderful Thanksgiving meal in my apartment building and then after did a thorough vacuum of my apartment. Now to sit down and put my feet up, ice the sore parts and relax.
Thank you for all your support and comments on my blogs!
Enjoy your evening, sleep well!