During the late fall, about the time of Thanksgiving, the geese begin their annual flight south. The fly above the Arkansas River Valley seeking water and food. I have made a video of one of these flights that came over my parent's home a week before Thanksgiving. You can view it at:
The geese always seem to be lost, flying even north on some days. They are not in any sort of hurry to get south. This flight was in the direction of west.
In Denver, many more flights can be viewed, I saw way over 20 of them on one evening.
Also, there are flights of snow geese and when they land in a lake, they make it look like snow has fallen. It is a beautiful sight.
The geese in the video are not snow geese, but grey in color, as in the photo below.
When you drive on highway 50 and approach the town of Manzanola, you will see a water tower surrounded by mostly one story houses. If you go faster than 25 miles an hour you will be asked to contribute to the town's economy via a traffic ticket. At this speed of 25 you will be through Manzanola in 2 minutes.
If you stop you can visit the sports bar on main street, the post office, either of two churches, a licquor store, and a grain/lumber store. Just outside the town on the eastern side is a small 7 11 type store.
Local craftsmen are gifted and they create life like animals and birds for display. These workers are skilled in the local wildlife and they can create objects that look extremely close to the real thing.
If you are passing through Manzanola on highway 50 and you need groceries or gasoline you can stop at Bauserman's Market. You will find all the essentials for cooking at home or on the road. They also have gasoline at the east side of the market.
The owner has a farm just at the side of the market and his son also grows vegetable plants in a green house nearby. In the Spring you would be able to buy plants to take home and plant in your garden.
Bauserman's is a major source in finding perfectly ripe canteloupe and watermelon in the late summer. These canteloupe are the famous Rocky Ford Canteloupe.
You will also be able to find items made locally like honey, salsa, chili powder, jams and ciders made from local fruit. They also have a good selection of Mexican products and large bags of pinto beans,.
What to buy: When I am there I always pick up a supply of sopapilla mix and chili powder.
People who live in Manzanola buy drinking water here as the city water was found to have Radium. It is rumored that the people glow in the dark from showering in the city water. But I have never seen this effect. :-)
What to pay: Prices are about the same as a large grocery store.
Gasoline prices are sometimes lower.