Today’s Photo Friday challenge is “Old Cars”. Of course I got my weeks all mixed up and did “Stained Glass Windows”! Haha! So, you get stained glass windows today, and old cars next week!
The “back story”…
Not this past weekend, but the one before that, my cousin Julie and I made our best attempt yet to go white water rafting. Though the weather was grim (to be understated) at home, we hoped that perhaps it was better where we planned on joining other would be rafters in Buena Vista.
The weather only deteriorated as we progressed along the highway. At one point we were surrounded by thunderstorms and startled by the voracity of the thunder and lightening. Oh, and there was the hail and sleet which pounded my poor car as well! And, despite it being mid-August, it was COLD!! I was wondering how my friend Vickie was doing in the Ascent – a foot race up to the top of Pikes Peak. I’d heard that they were expecting SNOW and equally foul weather.
We got to “Noah’s Ark”, the company with which we’d made reservations to do the rafting. I stepped out of the car and was already chilled. The thought of getting into a boat and being soaked to the skin by cold mountain river water didn’t much appeal to me. We talked with this person, and that person. We were offered, for free, wet suits, waterproof jackets, etc., by the company. The fate of the trip for me was sealed by the young man who was to be our guide. “I’m not going to lie…it’s gonna be bad.” The end. I didn’t want to be miserable, I wanted to enjoy myself. I wanted to raft on a hot summer day and enjoy a riverside picnic lunch. Though “go white water rafting” has been on my “List of 50″ since its inception, I didn’t want to do it this way just so that I could say I did it and cross it off the list. I wanted to have a good time!
So we decided to take a way home on roads that neither of us had yet traversed. Our first stop was for breakfast in Salida. Cute town. We drove around some and came across a concentration of churches, many with stained glass windows. It was a fun little exploration, but none of my pictures of those windows turned out. I’m hoping some of Julie’s did and that she’ll put hers up today!
Near the end of our journey, we happened upon the Holy Cross Abbey in Canon City.
This is the window in the chapel there:
Please visit the other participants entries and leave a comment letting them know what you think! I’ll add links as they are available when I get home from work. Yeah, I’m working again today!
And a big fat welcome to EIAIN of My ProZac Cocoon whose first entry is a GREAT one!
I will activate the other links as submissions are posted!
Coming up, on Photo Friday:
5th September: Author’s choice – Stained Glass Windows (or doors or panels – from cathedrals, churches or any other type of building)
12th September: Author’s choice – Step Inside (Pics of inside your own home: they can be of favourite corners, or things, or windows, or unusual features or just unusual angles of somehing in your own home)
Oh! My friend Vickie? Well, she was about 3/4 of the way up to the top of Pikes Peak, and was turned around by race coordinators as it had become completely unsafe for the racers to continue! Sorry ’bout that Vickie!