Once again, I'm feeling sad for our community. The rains came yesterday. Boy, did the rains ever come yesterday.
Our little friendly neighbor town of Manitou Springs was flooded and is a total shambles today. Manitou is just "downstream" from the Waldo Canyon burn scar. There is little to no vegetation on the burn scar, so nothing to slow the waters. In addition to that, the ground is mostly ash, and hydrophobic - incapable of absorbing water.
When it rains, it floods. Flash floods of thick black muddy water.
We've already had two or three bad flood days this summer, but yesterday was the worst. Homes were washed off of their foundations, cars were swept away like leaves in a stream.
One confirmed death, three missing people so far.
Manitou Springs is just a little hippie town that gets most of its income from tourism. There are quaint little shops and cafes to relax in, a couple of small parks for frolicking, a fun outdoor arcade. It is the home of the cog railway that takes visitors to the top of Pikes Peak, and it's also home to The Incline.
The residents of Manitou Springs are of the friendliest I've ever met. Seriously, they are so laid back and easy going and hospitable. It really is known for being home to hippies, it was recently voted one of the top hippie towns in the country.
But they aren't smelly panhandling hippies. Just friendly don't-sweat-the-small-stuff hippies in tie dye and dreadlocks, always up for a fun time.
As its name suggests, it sports many natural mineral springs, each spring has a structure built around it so that people can learn a little about it and sample the water as it spouts fresh. I accompanied both Chaco and Wolfgang as their middle school classes did the annual field trips to Manitou, to take in the culture and learn about the springs. To make it "sciencey", we analyzed the water characteristics from each spring. Meego's class is scheduled for this year, and I plan to go again.
This week's Illustration Friday prompt is "fresh" and I did this ink drawing of the current structure surrounding the Shoshone Spring.
In my opinion, the water tastes awful.
But I still love Manitou.