When I was looking for somewhere that John and I could go and be away from the office, Haiti, and some of the stress that is present in our daily lives, I did not want to travel very far. I had just come from a 10 hour trip from Haiti and I was tired!
I looked at northern Colorado but that is a 2 1/2 to 3 hour drive and I just did not want to be in a car for that long!
So we traveled 16 miles and went to a small historic town just outside of Colorado Springs, closer to the mountains called Manitou Springs. We were still far enough away to get rest and just have fun, walk to see some cute historical shops and sit on the wide veranda and watch the world go by!! :)
We stayed at a hotel called CLIFF HOUSE. This hotel was built in 1846 and was a stopping point for people traveling to the gold mines in the Rocky Mountains above Colorado Springs. Just a few years ago, the hotel was completely updated without losing the character of the 1800’s. It is very nice.
The food was fantastic! I had lamb T-bones last night that you could cut with a fork. John had a filet stuffed with truffles and sprinkled with blue cheese crumbles. We followed that with dessert of Godiva chocolate cheese cake and a raspberry soufflé with vanilla English sauce. I got the soufflé because I do not like dark chocolate. The soufflé was fantastic and I am going to try and find a recipe and make it in Haiti!
But we also had turkey sandwiches and pizza! I thought the food was very reasonably priced. John and I shared a pizza for $10 and a turkey sandwich for $9. The sandwich was huge and it made it nice sharing it.
The weather was perfect. It was about 76 degrees F each day and cooled off at night. The humidity level was about 20% compared to Haiti which is about 90% or higher in Haiti! The sun was shining and we walked around to all of the little shops during the day. Each day we took a nap too! It was good to get caught up on our sleep a little bit and just relax.
Tuesday (today) we came back to our home here in Colorado Springs and I am trying to get caught up on emails and blogging. it is HOT today here. I think it is in the high 80’s. I do not want to turn the air conditioning on for one day so we have fans going. Tomorrow, is supposed to be back in the 70’s again.
I burned my lips our first day at the hotel and now I have fever blisters on my top and bottom lips. I am in so much pain! Hopefully, my daughter, Kate, will bring some medicine over to me later so this will go away!
I am so thankful that John and I were able to get away for a couple of days. God has been so good to both of us and we are very thankful for everyone’s prayers in the last few days.
Posted on Tue, September 14, 2010
by Dixie Bickel