It was beautiful and hardly anyone else was there. We ate our lunch on a bench overlooking the falls and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. We walked around a bit and noticed all the hummingbirds around the feeders.
The same pastor also told us about an old dirt mining road that would give us spectacular views . So we took it. What he didn't tell us was that it was only wide enough for one vehicle in most spots and that there were no guard rails, only piles of dirt between the car and the mountainside. Needless to say, I rode in the van full of anxiety!
The views were spectacular. Every so often we would come upon one of these tunnels. They were something to see. The walls and ceilings were carved out of black quartz.
They were fairly short.
After we got down off the mountain (and I breathed again!), we headed to Garden of the gods, a very unique red rock formation. We had been here in 2008 and decided to drive through again.
We still had some time left, so we walked through the small town of Manitou Springs. It is at the foot of Pike's Peak and has some interesting stores and shops.