The July 4th long weekend brought 7 visitors from Chicagoland. What fun! We did the rounds of the scenic spots in the area, starting with Boulder Falls...
where we watched some daring folks scramble to the other side to build a pile of rocks for a future lagori...
The weekend saw us in the tourist hotspot of Colorado Springs. Below is a picture of the Garden of the Gods with the granite edifice of Pikes Peak in the distance
... followed by a ride up the Cog Railway to Pikes Peak at 14,110 feet.
We also went to Cave of the Winds for a laser show and a walk through the caves which, according to me is Avoid, Avoid, Avoid.
A hike up the Seven Falls restored much of our humor...
We strolled along Bear Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park...
and hiked up to Alberta Falls...
There was so much food! My friends are vegetarian with a lot of clauses so the dining options were limited. My kitchen has never bustled with so much activity. It was so busy that there was no room or time to take pictures. We made:
- idlis! My idlis worked for the first time since we moved to Colorado. Yay! Two types of coconut chutneys and lots of sambar.
- the idli batter was used to make uttapas for breakfast on another day. We added mint from my garden on a whim and it was delicious!
- Calcutta-style bhel and pani puri
- pav bhaji
- alo parathas
- matki chi misal
- and, I managed to quickly make two fillets of salmon, pepper crusted and maple glazed, for one of my friends who is vegetarian but loves fish.
My visitors left on the 5th and we set off on a much needed vacation to California. Well, my daughter and I are vacationing while my husband works through most of the week. We took the Amtrak from Denver to Emeryville, California. The scenic route through the Rockies and the Sierra Nevadas is spectacular and breath-taking. We were very comfortable in the two roomettes we had booked. Amtrak food was quite good, given that it is 'train food!' I guess I really am on vacation as I did not take a single picture of any meal!
I hope to be uploading pictures of the ride soon!