Highlight #1: Pikes Peak
|Starting to drive up to the top of Pikes Peak: 14,110 feet high.|
|One of several bikers we saw biking UP to Pikes Peak! They amazed me.|
|Just in case nature called during the drive...this was about a quarter of the way up.|
When we crossed the treeline, that's where things started to get scary...there were very few guard rails and many, many curves like this one! Mr. M was driving, and I was gripping the door handle, and turns out we both were thinking, "We should have taken the train up....!!!" (There's a train you can ride up to the top.)
Made it! Here's the view from the top. Honestly, we weren't that impressed. It was hard to see far because of the smoke from forest fires in the area. And we both felt a bit woozy from the altitude. Mr. M actually went to see the EMT because he was feeling so dizzy. It was hard to breathe up that high, especially for us low-landers! We didn't stay that long, only long enough to eat some over-prized, bad-quality food and buy a bumper sticker that said, "I survived the drive!" (although that seemed a little premature to me!)
An example of the snow we saw along the road.
Apparently Big Foot has been seen in the Pikes Peak area!
We both were quite relieved to drive below the timberline - me especially, because I drove down partway since Mr. M was feeling so poorly. And getting back into the lower altitudes with friendly aspen trees was much appreciated.
All in all, I'm glad we "did" Pikes Peak, but it was one of the less enjoyable mornings of our trip.
Highlight #2: Garden of the Gods
The view from the Visitors Center. The whole area was breath-taking.
One of the many huge, red rocks. Look at the climber (lower left, yellow shirt) to see how big this rock is! I was wondering whether Catholic Mutt has climbed in the Garden of the Gods before!?
My favorite rock formation: "Kissing camels"
There was an easy, flat path to see a lot of the rocks up close.
We then drove to a different part of the park. Doesn't this look straight out of Lord of the Rings? All the scenery had such a magical feel to it, especially at twilight
A view of Pike's Peak from a hole in one of the rocks.
After the Garden of the Gods, we went out to eat at a great BBQ place, strolled around Old Colorado City (a gold-rush town back in the day) and spent the night at a B&B called Spurs 'n' Lace.
Next: Boulder & Estes Park