Colorado: Day 1 & 2

Day 1: We arrived at the Denver airport and were picked up by Ben’s friend Barton. We drove approx. 1.5 hrs south to Manitou Springs where we stayed two nights in the Summit cabins. We went with all the students to a local park where they played sports and had a cookout. The weather was rainy, cold and not as enjoyable as Ben had described. However it was still nice to meet a lot of the people Ben always talks about.

Day 2: We took a walk to downtown Manitou Springs where there are a lot of unique shops and restaurants. Our first stop was to get breakfast at the Mate Factor – a place Ben had always described to me as “Lord of the Rings-esque” ran by dwarfs and such. It definitely lived up to its reputation. The rest of the day we wandered from store to store. I tried some water from one of the springs but it was more like soda-water and tasted nasty.

Later in the afternoon we went with Ben’s friend Tim to the Garden of the Gods and also visited the Air Force Academy. It was closing just as we arrived so unfortunately all we could see was the outside of the chapel.

That evening was graduation for the Summit students. We heard some good speeches and got to spend time chatting with a lot of Ben’s friends. All-in-all, a day full of a lot of walking and lot of fun.

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~ by bnichole on August 1, 2010.

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