Returning Home

With this trip winding down, I know that Karen will be happy to have me home. But, the next trip is just a few days away.

We are heading to the family reunion at my Uncle Tom Alonzo's house in Orange Beach, Alabama. Karen and I are both looking forward to the trip.

Tanger Outlet @ Foley, AlabamaWe will be hitting the Foley Outlet Center to do some killer shopping, as in, killing our credit card. We had our credit card company call us the last time we shopped the outlet, because the changes were coming in so fast that they assumed someone must have stolen the card. I have my eye on get some new shoes from the Timberland's store.

But first, I have to go catch my plane…

Mission Bell Inn

Tonight, I dined at the Mission Bell Inn in Manitou Springs, Colorado. The weather did not permit us to dine outside, but the restaurant has a nice patio. The same family has been been operating the restaurant since 1962.

I decided to try the Cimarron, which consisted of three cheese enchiladas covered in green chile and sides of rice and refries beans. The meal was lead by a tostada as a salad. The green chile was great over the enchiladas. Our server was lost at performing her job. She was only handling three tables, but she didn't refill drinks even with empty glasses all over the table.

Overall, I enjoyed the food except for a hair issue. The other servers seem very good when compared to ours. The decoration throughout the restaurant were very nice. I would good back again for the patio, which looked so nice and inviting.


178 Crystal park Road

Manitou Springs, Co 80829

(719) 685-9089

Heading over to hike Palmer Park

I want to get in some hiking while in Colorado Springs so I am heading over to Palmer Park. It is a great place to hike if you are ever in the Springs area.

Some of the trails allow dogs and horses. Some of the trail are flat area while others go up and down some great looking rock formations.

Temperature is great at 72°F and light to no wind.

Palmer ParkWind twisted TreePalmer ParkHigh Desert Flower

The Book Sleuth

My wife, Karen Allen, is running out of mystery books.  You never want the avid book reader in your life to run out of books.  Never fear, we have found a great mystery book store called the Book Sleuth, but it is in Colorado Springs, Colorado.  Karen is in luck, because I travel to Colorado Springs on a regular basis.

Book MarkHelen C. Randal is the owner, but I will have to confess that Karen and I thought she was dead the first time we walked into the store.  She was slumped over and the book she was reading had fallen out of her hand.  Given a door bell rang as we entered, we argued for few minutes about who was going to check her vital signs.  This went on for a few minutes more, but we soon decided that we would make a large noise, which I am thankful to say she was not dead.

Lyman Mark manages the store for Helen.  Lyman must have read very book in the store.  You can barely describe a book that you are looking to purchase and Lyman will be able to put his hand right onto it.

Harry Delugach’s Wine Tasting

Harry Delugach invited Karen and I to his wine tasting this past Friday. We had never been to a wine tasting. We are glad we went, because we had a great time. And, we got a meet Harry's sister Allison, too.

Harry had selected a set of wines from various regions of Spain. And, a number of the guests provided food. We brought a multi-layer dip with chips.

Harry had a form for everyone to take notes on what they thought of the wines as the tasting progressed. It was neat to compare what we all thought about a give wine. Someone may think of the wine as being too sweet while someone else thought it was dry. I think I would have been better prepared if I knew how to taste wines. I saw “Teach Yourself Wine Tasting” at Amazon which would have helped.

It was suggested that Karen and I host a beer tasting given how much we enjoy trying beers.