Colorado Springs, CO
We decided to go to the Garden of the Gods Trading Post today for a buffalo burger. On the way, I took a short detour to the overlook on Mesa Road. I wanted to take some photos of the Garden of the Gods. I also wanted to see the burn scars from the Waldo Canyon fire. From the overlook, the mandatory photo is of the rock formation which contains the Kissing Camels with Pikes Peak looming in the background.
One of the other photos I took was looking to the northwest to see the burn scars. Looking at the photo, one can see a burn scar on the left and right sides. The left side was progressing down Queen’s Canyon before it was extinguished. At the mouth of Queen’s Canyon is Glen Eyrie. That is the beautiful home and estate that William Jackson Palmer, the founder of Colorado Springs, built circa 1870. It is a spectacular development which would have made the disaster all the more tragic if it had burned. On the right side, one can see the scar that reached down into the Mountain Shadows neighborhood, completely destroying nearly 350 homes.
From the overlook we drove to the Garden of the Gods Trading Post. We took the winding road through Garden of the Gods. This is by far one of the most beautiful spots in the city. I always enjoy the ride, marveling at all of the red sandstone rock formations. As we neared Balanced Rock and our turnoff for the Trading Post, we noticed the Rampart Range Road was still closed. That road traverses directly across the burn area of the Waldo Canyon fire toward Rampart Reservoir. I am not certain when the forest service will reopen the road.
We were some of the first diners at the Trading Post. We all opted for buffalo cheese burgers. I must admit I had never had one before. They all came with french fries. The bonus of the day came at the cashier. By showing our Colorado drivers licenses, we were treated to buy-one-get-one-free! The cashier gave us a number. We went outside, selected a table near the small stream and placed the number on our table. The sound of the bubbling water was very soothing.
Shortly, one of the wait staff brought our burgers. I believe it was absolutely the best cheese burger I have ever had!
After lunch we strolled through the huge gift/art shop. We bought all sorts of Colorado tourist items. I plan to use some of them as representational gifts once we arrive in Guyana.