Monday, July 6, 2009

Pike's Peak

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My last post pictures were from Pike's Peak in Colorado. I thought I would show y'all a few more pictures of our visit there.

As we get off the train this sign greets us as it stands in front of the gift shop. The gift shop sold many blankets this trip.

The temperature was very comfortable at the beginning of the trip with just a shirt sleeve needed, but on top of the mountain it was cold and windy and that was July 9th of last year. Frank and I were smart and brought our jackets and endured the stares of others as we boarded the train with our jackets in hand.

The computer is wonderful for checking on the temperature changes from one point to another :-) Today's high on top of Pike's Peak is about 45°F with a 3o% chance of thunderstorms. Colorado Springs forecast is a high of 85°F with the same chance of thunderstorms.

Pike's Peak

Frank and I had made our way over to the America the Beautiful monument while others took pictures in front of the sign. By time we made it back to the sign no one was around to take our photo.

The scenery is breathtaking even with a bit of a haze and you know how Katharine Lee Bates felt as she wrote the words to the poem that we now know as America the Beautiful.

View from Pike's Peak

View from Pike's Peak

We took the train up to the top. You can also drive to the top. We had hoped to see big-horn sheep on the ride, but that was not to happen. The train ride is very nice. We got to visit with some very nice people in the seats across from us.

Train at Pike's Peak

As we boarded the train for the return trip this Yellow-Bellied Marmot graced us with its presence. I wish the light would have hit its face just a bit better. Despite that I'm glad I got to see it and take these photos through the train window.

Marmot

Marmot

A plaque honoring Zebulon Montgomery Pike.

Zebulon Montgomery Pike Plaque

This is a view from the Garden of the Gods of Pike's Peak.

View of Pike's Peak from Garden of the Gods.


Pike's Peak Videos.

If you ever get a chance to go to Colorado Springs take it. There is a lot to see and do in the area. A beautiful place to visit.


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8 comments :

  1. Intersting post! We visited Pikes Peak in in late August of 2007. I thought we were going to ride the train but when we got there Jeep said No, we are going to drive up. Scary at times. I wanted them to have guard rails all the way up, but NO, just some places. It is not paved all the way, either. It was a fun experience and I would go up again.

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  2. Zaroga, those pictures are incredible. Pikes Peak looks like my vision of heaven - absolutley spectacular. I haven't been yet, but I am adding it to my list of places to see. I think that taking the train up would be a very intersting experience. Gosh, that second picture of yours literally takes my breath away. So beautiful!

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  3. Very pretty pictures Zaroga. I've never been but remember when I was a teen my Daddy got to go (for his job) but did not have a camera to share the breathtaking views with us. Thanks!

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  4. I've been to Colorada Springs a couple of times but some how I missed Pike Peaks. I missed a lot didn't I??

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  5. Beautiful pictures!!! You brought back some memories for me. Now I want to go back there to see it all over again.

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  6. It would be great to travel and see the west! How awesome you and Frank could go! The farthest west I have been is Arkansas and Wal-Mart paid for that so no site seeing except for the Walton's Museum, LOL! Now Les can't travel, he can't ride with his back. Enjoyed the pictures!

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  7. Beautiful shots! Love the Yellow-Bellied Marmot.

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