Sally, Nate, Karen and I spent a couple hours hiking the trails at Red Rock Canyon Open Space. Or at least most of the time we were hiking on trails. I led the group off trail a couple times. Sally was wearing her new hiking shoes from REI and put them to a four-mile test. The shoes were fine. Her hand, after accidentally putting it on a prickly pear cactus was less fine.
Parts of the canyon were once mined for stone, leaving ziggurat-shaped walls.
Garden of the Gods a mile or so to the north.
l. to r. — Pikes Peak and Ute Pass, the Rampart Range, Garden of the Gods, Colorado Springs and Red Rocks Canyon.