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Thanksgiving and Manitou Springs 2

Monday, October 14, 2013

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:

Close up:

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!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
1BEACHWALKER 10/29/2013 6:28PM

    That reminds me of our canal trail!! Very nice!! Glad your enjoyed your family time!

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TIME2BLOOM4ME 10/26/2013 10:34AM

    How beautiful. emoticon

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TEENY_BIKINI 10/19/2013 11:52AM

    You rock!!


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JUNEAU2010 10/16/2013 10:36PM

    Loved the pictures, as always!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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LINDA! 10/16/2013 9:16PM

    Love the photos. What great walks you have!

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MEXGAL1 10/16/2013 6:42PM

    very fun and interesting photos.
Happy Thanksgiving. sounds like a wonderful time.

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 10/16/2013 11:51AM

    your pictures are so beautiful Linda. Mom is so sweet to come & help you in spite of all of her chores. We are both blessed to have our moms in our lives and we know it!! emoticon

Thanks so much for the Jack O Lantern goodie.

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KANOE10 10/16/2013 7:57AM

    I loved your pictures. Beautiful country. I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving.


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MOMMA_BEAR_69 10/16/2013 7:52AM

    What a Terrific Thanksgiving you enjoyed with your relatives and such beautiful outdoor walking!!! So happy that you have such safe places to go to without fear of harassment or other problems. I wish I lived close so that I could enjoy actually being on these great walks with you although seeing your beautiful pictures and reading your blogs, I feel like I am right there beside you!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!
I am so glad that you are able to enjoy being outside and being so close to God and nature!!!
Continued blessings and hugs,

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ENUFF81020 10/15/2013 11:50PM

    What a delightful Thanksgiving and a wonderful time that you had. Your relationship with your mom is a really special one--I love hearing about you washing windows together. I am equally sorry to hear about all of your work scrubbing carpets at the club. That seems a bit much for them to ask of anyone.
Take care, my friend! I'm trying to catch up. I wish I could do the walking and hiking that you do. I do my walking in the pool and do my best to live with my back, but when I know what you do, it makes me feel a bit--uh, maybe jealous is a close word to what I'm thinking. I hope that makes you feel a bit better, lol.
Gentle hugs,

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CATIATM 10/15/2013 1:59PM

    Wow! Beautiful scenery, and you are such a good photographer! I love your artistic eye, Linda. I wish I could have been there with you. emoticon

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KALIGIRL 10/15/2013 8:44AM

    Sounds like a perfect holiday!
So glad you could enjoy the outdoors and your mom is the best!

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WATERMELLEN 10/15/2013 8:13AM

    What a lovely Thanksgiving blog! The colours are great, and the deer of course! I discovered that spraying Charlie's coat with Pam was a quick way of easing out those little burr stickies . . . no pain for him at all.

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ADIOSALL 10/15/2013 12:07AM

    I wouldn't have had the courage to walk those paths. Good for you!

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CRYSTALJEM 10/15/2013 12:00AM

    Beautiful. I'm so glad your trip and your game was great. Wish we were closer we'd make great walking partners.

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