The quaint city of Manitou Springs is located near Colorado Springs. Their names are due to the more than two dozen natural springs in the area. As such, between the springs and mountain snow run-off, there are many streams cutting through town.
While we were in Manitou Springs a thunderstorm occurred. It was a loud, booming summer thunderstorm that shook the walls of the ice cream parlour where we took refuge. As we returned to our hotel, to our surprise the rivers looked like reddish brown liquid. It was almost unbelieveable. The way the water churned appeared as if it was a liquified batch of pudding. We were awestruck and studied the river for a long time. After awhile, a rainbow appeared making it seem calmer. Yet, the river continued to flow its reddish brown color.
In Biblical descriptions, the river running red was indicative of the first plague of Egypt. In that story, the water turns to blood, killing the fish and food source for many Egyptians. Of course the thunderstorm we saw was simply the earth from the reddish silt mixing with the river due to the heavy downpour. Yet, it did cause us to reflect upon the Biblical story.
To read more about our journey across America, here are the other links:
Traveling Across America Part One
Lincoln Log Cabin Site – Part Two
St Louis arch and BBQ – Part Three
Good Things in Kansas – Part Four
Garden of the Gods – Part Five
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