Saturday morning began with a trip to the Coroner's office where Leon works. We got to see a partial (head-only) autopsy on a patient who had a large hemorrhagic stroke. Apparently, Leon is always busy at work unless there are visitors that want to see an autopsy.
We then headed out to the Kelly's 2nd home a.k.a. Starlite Kibanda (blue marker). Which is on the other side of Pike's peak (red marker). Go ahead and click on the map to zoom, etc and see just how beautiful and isolated their new place is.
View Starlite Kibanda in a larger map
We passed through Manitou Springs on our way, and had lunch at a great little place called Adams Mountain Cafe. Outside in the waiting area, there was an actual spring (see photo), with a spigot that you could use to get water. I had never seen such a thing and could just imagine pepsico surrounding such natural beauty with a stainless steel monstrosity to bottle and sell the new liquid gold.
Brunch was awesome. Lisa had some amazing Huevos Rancheros -
We finished the short trip out to Starlite Kibanda. It was really great to see in real life having seen all of the great pictures on the Kelly blog. Here are a few more photos for your enjoyment.
View from the deck (there will be a railing when finished).
Sweet siding made out of tree bark - this stuff would normally be thrown away.
View from the main room (with Lisa and Heather)
View from the master bedroom
It would be impossible to describe all of the wicked smart cool things that the Kellys have done with the house. In addition to the smart materials that they have chosen the have done other really smart things - like using all off-the-shelf windows. They put stock windows together in interesting combinations to save big money. The number of decisions that they have made for this single house total more than many people make in a lifetime. It will truly be a unique, georgeous house when it's done and I can't wait to see it.
Sunday, we had brunch at Flavors on Tejon, which was good except for the service. We also walked to the Colorado Springs art museum, where Leon found some sweet mexican folk art.
Dinner was at Nosh, a super cute tapas place that has 4/$24 on Sunday nights. They served some pretty sweet cocktails - and the food was excellent too. The best thing of the night was a mix between caprese salad and bruschetta that was amazing.
All in all it was a perfect trip and we were soo happy to see Leon and Heather. It's always amazing how it seems like no time has past when you see really good friends. It will be great to see them again so soon in May.