Day 5 - Canon City & Manitou Springs

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Today is Partly Cloudy

 

We ate a continental breakfast at the motel, packed up, and checked out.

 

Gary and I took the Royal Gorge Route[1], while Sara stayed at the vet/boarder.

‘The railroad tracks were laid over 120 years ago, however, passenger service was cut off in 1967.  In 1999, passenger service returned and now provides visitors from around the world 24-miles of unforgettable scenery (12 miles of which goes directly through the Gorge).

 

The train pauses on each run on the famous Hanging Bridge, a point so narrow in the 1,000-foot-deep canyon, that engineers hung a bridge from the walls to suspend the rails over the rushing waters of the Arkansas River.  Looking down from the bridge, passengers can watch rafters battle raging class 5 rapids, one grade below impassable.’

 

We picked up Sara, ate a cheap lunch (99c menu) at Wendy’s, and drove the scenic route to Colorado Springs.  The scenery was breathtaking.  Along the way, the family spotted cows, horses, and a llama ranch in and along the road.

 

Gary and I went to the Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument[2] and took a guided walk.  Sara wasn’t allowed on the trails.

 

We checked into Best Western in Manitou (a Native American word for “Spirit”) Springs[3] (‘a beautiful mountain community hidden between the Garden of the Gods and Pikes Peak)  The room was huge, had a mini fridge, and had a mountain view.

 

Supper was very special.  We ate at Tajine Alami[4] -- an authentic Moroccan restaurant.

 

As we entered, we too off our shoes and left them behind the back wall of the entry.  Dinner was served at low tables with floor cushions for seating. 

 

As we began our meal, our server brought out a toss (pronounced tahss), or basin, and washed our hands with warm water before we began to eat. We ate our buffet meal with our fingers, not with silverware. It is said that this enhances the flavor. We were given a towel to use as a napkin.  Our server washed our hands at the end of our meal and sprinkled orange and rose blossom water on them before serving us hot mint tea and baklava.  We drank beer from France, ate Sharba:  vegetarian soup by drinking from bowls.  Our meal included salmon, lamb, chicken, couscous, Khobz: honey wheat bread, and rice saffron.  Then, we settled back and watched belly dancers perform (it was student night), and even tried it ourselves.



[1] Royal Gorge Route http://www.royalgorgeroute.com/

[2] Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument http://www.nps.gov/flfo/

[3] Manitou Springs Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau http://www.manitousprings.org/

[4] Tajine Alami http://www.tajinealami.com/ 

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