ExpertFlyer Hot Topics – Where the Rubber Meets the Runway
In our final series post, we’re going to the Maldives Islands and Manitou Springs, Colorado. If you missed Comeback Towns Part One and Two*, click the links provided to catch up.
The Maldives Islands
Photo: (cc) Sarah Ackerman via Flickr
According to Wikipedia, Maldives is listed as one of eight countries suffering the greatest number of casualties and damage in the devastating December 26, 2004, Indian Ocean earthquake and resulting tsunami. Despite having 20 of its 200 islands destroyed on impact, Maldives has recovered, largely due to a protective sea wall around Malé, its capital, built years prior to the tsunami.
Since 2004, another interesting measure taken by the country is the addition of Hulhumale, a new and beautiful island. It’s a land mass built by engineers, not volcanoes and it’s several feet higher than the rest of the Maldives. Hulhumale’s height helps it to escape flooding that rising sea levels are causing with greater frequency.
If you’re game to consider the Maldives on your next big adventure, here are Hulhumale B&Bs and Inns ranked in the top three by tripadvisor.com:
- Le Vieux Nice Inn
- Hotel UI Inn
- Velima Inn
Manitou Springs, Colorado
Manitou & Pikes Peak Cog Railway - Photo: (cc)Richard Masoner via Flickr
Not unlike the Jersey Shore, Manitou Springs, the historic resort community at the foot of Pikes Peak, west of Colorado Springs, has had its share of natural disasters. In the last 15 months, the city was threatened by the destructive Waldo Canyon forest fire, which burned the mountains just north of the city and this summer, flash floods poured down, destroying homes, ruining businesses and killing one person.
Since the 1860s, the resort community has had several floods owing to its location along Fountain Creek, which flows southeast from the high mountains to the Arkansas River at Pueblo. Yet, the city continues to rebuild after flooding and welcomes back visitors.
Easily reached from both the Pikes Peak Airport and Denver International, Manitou Springs offers extraordinary attractions of natural beauty, including the Cave of the Winds, Pikes Peak, with its popular cog railway, the historic Manitou Cliff Dwellings, Seven Falls, the red rock outcroppings of Garden of Gods and many other regional destinations. The city has many hotels, motels and bed and breakfast establishments; the most famous is the historic Cliff House, which opened in 1875.
*Regretfully, shortly after we posted our second installment featuring the Jersey Shore, news broke about the destructive Seaside Heights fire, which has again, decimated part of the Jersey Shore boardwalk, including many of its popular eateries and shops. Sadly, the borough was set to celebrate its centennial anniversary.