We only had a weekend to catch up with Harry’s sister Lisa, but it was a blast. We managed to squeeze in a trip to the tip of Pike’s Peak, visit the olympic training center, walk around Manitou Springs sampling mineral water, and visit Helen Hunt Falls. Wow! I’m tired just remembering it! We also had the pleasure of meeting Lisa’s adopted family of Steve, Jack and Lou. Lisa is lucky to have Steve, and Jack and Lou are delightful. They welcomed us to their lovely home and allowed us to maul their cat and friendly Golden Retriever. Lou is my idol when it comes to backyard design. She has turned a backyard into an absolutely tranquil nature reserve, complete with ponds, waterfalls, a stream and so much foliage you can’t even imagine, let alone see, her neighbors. Jack and Lou are originally from WI, but we didn’t hold that against them. Kidding of course! Actually our common mid-western roots made them feel like instant family. Which means that they now have crazy relative I guess!
The drive to Pike’s Peak is stunning, but once you get out and walk around up there you really are pretty stunned. I mean this literally. There is so little oxygen in the air that just attempting to walk makes you lightheaded. They are famous for having a snack bar up there that sells doughnuts that are to die for. Again, when you eat, you aren’t breathing and I wonder if the lightheadedness is partly responsible for their fame. They are super tasty, at least when I wasn’t seeing speckles and gasping for breath.
Manitou Springs, for my Dayton friends, is like Yellow Springs on a mountain. It is a funky, arty touristy place that sells every souvenir imaginable. We were focused on sampling the famous spring water, though. As it was over 90, we didn’t have a lot of interest in window shopping. The kids had mixed reviews on the water. Ashley loved it, and Haley gagged. I though most of them just tasted a bit salty. Not objectionable, but not worth the hoopla.
The Olympic Training Center was a hoot. Along with memorabilia from assorted games they also had access to several actual training gyms. Because we were there on a Sunday, we didn’t see anybody we recognized, but it was fun all the same. Everybody loves to dream about winning a gold I guess.