Well, I got kicked off my computer before I could post last night. Yesterday was a quiet day except for when I got to go meet a friend for lunch. We had a nice chat over Middle Eastern food.
Flynn had to work late again, so I did some cleaning for him and had a nice hot meal waiting when he finally was able to come home. This week has not turned out at all the way we thought it would.
This morning, Flynn went to work early again. Later in the morning, Lucy and Jasper and I took off for Manitou Springs. I knew Lucy would love it there. We found a parking spot and then spent some time browsing through a hippie emporium where I found a hat (and many other things, to be honest). It is so extremely rare for me to find a hat that fits my oversized head that when I do, I feel obligated to buy it. Besides, I figured I would be glad to have a hat later in the day.
We browsed our way down the street and stopped into a coffee shop for some hot drinks. The weather, instead of clearing up as predicted, was chilly and drizzly. Even on this National Coffee Day, I drank tea. It’s not that I don’t like coffee. It’s just that the only way I like it is with lots of cream and sugar, by which time it’s more like liquid candy and as we all know, I can’t even have sugar at all anymore.
After the coffee shop we continued on to a shop that sold work by various artists. There were several displays of ceramic items, which are one of my known weaknesses, and the reason I had sought out this shop in the first place. I have a tradition of buying a souvenir mug when I am on a trip, and if I can get a handmade one, why not?
I found a gorgeous blue mug, and possibly a bowl to go with it. After that, I was almost relieved I didn’t find something else I was kind of looking for.
Flynn finally got off work for the afternoon, so we met him at a nearby Thai restaurant for lunch before heading to the cog rail station for our ride to the top of Pike’s Peak. It was a little sad to be setting off for the summit of a mountain in mist, fog, and rain. It was our only chance to go and it was so wet and foggy!
But amazingly, about halfway up the mountain, just as we got to the groves of aspens with their golden leaves, we rose above the cloud layer and found ourselves in glorious sunlight, which made the aspens glow with color. It was a beautiful ride, despite the tight quarters. The seats on the train were not designed for tall people. We sat facing each other, which meant Lucy and I had to alternate knees, while Jasper and Flynn went for the double knee-lock.
When we emerged at the top, I was glad to have my new hat as temperatures were below freezing there. I offered to take photo of the kids, and a man standing nearby insisted that I stand with them while he took the photo with my camera.
The kids got drinks and the famous donuts, while I browsed around the shop and took photos outside. During the half hour or so we were on the summit, the weather went from sunny to thick fog to sunny again. There was quite a bit of snow, which made Jasper happy.
I handled the altitude better than I have in the past, but I was still quite happy to return to the warmth of the train, even though I found the seats very hard on my back and knees. All four of us dozed on the way back down, and of course once we descended through the clouds we were back in the gloomy weather we’ve had all week.
We rendezvoused at Flynn’s apartment before going out for supper, as we had run out of suitable food from which to create a main meal. It was a lovely day and I am so glad Flynn was able to come with us today.