5 days ago
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Happy Anniversary, Mom and Dad!
Day one was spent in Manitou Springs, which was not nearly as quaint as I thought it would be. And then a driving tour up to Cripple Creek and Victor and back down (I think we saw Pikes Peak from every possible vantage point except the top). We didn't realize that Manitou Springs was known for its mineral spring drinking water. I thought it was hot springs. Apparently all through town there are springs that you can drink from for free. They must have been hidden between all the kitschy stores and tourist traps, because we didn't see a one. Oh well.
Day two (Mother's Day/Mom & Dad's 40th Anniversary), we visited the Air Force Academy, which has a spectacular campus with some of the best-maintained trails I've seen in a long time. Mom and Dad went to the Chapel for a rockin' service put on by cadets, while Mark and I took Kai for a walk on the aforementioned trails. We then met up, shopped for some food at the commissary, and ate by the runway between a "Warthog" and a "Thunderbird." (Air Force types might know what we are talking about.)
That night we prepared a lovely dinner of artichokes, scallops, and risotto, with lots of wine and champagne and laughter to celebrate the day.
All in all, a wonderful trip. We were sad to see Mom and Dad leave on Tuesday (sorry to hear about the 3 hour delay in Dallas. BLECH!). But we'll see them again soon, perhaps on Dad's sailboat?!
Now we have begun packing and getting ready for our move to Dallas in June. I promise not to go into that much detail in describing our adventures in packing :)