Manitou Springs is a true tourist trap. A very artistic town with many souvenir shops of many different varieties. It is also a very ‘happy laid back’ town that has a different view of life.The town was originally settled around the many naturally occurring carbonates springs in the area, that are still operating. You just need to bring your own glass (also available at the visitors center) and visit each well to taste the water. As you would imagine, parking is at a premium. The town has a novel parking system. You buy a ticket at a curbside kiosk (they are all over, on every street, about 50 yards apart), entering your vehicle plate number, money or credit card. You are not renting any particular spot, just time. You can even get a text reminder on your phone when you time is coming up and you can buy more time just by sending a return text (if you paid by credit card).
We were there in May. In August, we watched in horror as the television played the scenes of havoc as the town suffered some of the worst flooding in decades. The streets we had walked, the restaurant where we had lunch, all underwater. The gentle stream, a raging torrent. In this picture, the restaurant patio where we had lunch was covered in mud and debris They say it will take 10 years for the scars left by the Waldo Canyon fire to recover, vegetation to return, and until it does, with nothing to hold back the rains, Manitou Springs will continue to suffer from flash flooding as the water drains down the canyon.
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|Intro to Colorado and Woodland Park|
|Air Force Academy and the Class of 2013 Graduation|
|Garden of the Gods|
|Truck Systems Testing and Installations|
|Manitou and Pikes Peak Cog Railway|
|Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center|
|Goliad TX Spring 2013|
|Kerrville TX and NHOG 2013|
|Sanger TX Spring|
|Guthrie OK, Spring|
|Junction City KS, Spring 2013|
|Colorado and Woodland Park|
|Early Summer 2013|
|Late Summer 2013|