A Day in the Skies, continued

by Karen on September 15, 2011

in Travel

As I had mentioned – on Sept. 10 we spent part of the day at Pike’s Peak.  This posts continues on with being up at the top of the mountain.  Sometimes when we go to places like this I would like to get a photo of the two of us together.  The way I do this is when I see another couple going to take turns of taking their photos singly I offer to take one of them as a couple and ask if they will take one of us.  This normally works out well although occasionally we end up taking photos of several more couples as well Smile  The man that was going to take our photo asked where we were from and we told him Arkansas and he asked where – they were from Fort Smith – about 80 miles west of us – what an odd coincidence

 

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A photo of a crowd of people – I am wondering what kind of dog is this!  It is huge!!

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There is a cog rail train that comes up another route compared to the road.  We took a ride on it 7 years ago and it is a nice two hour trip.  Also where the train ends up at is where the hiking trail ends for those that want to walk up this mountain and believe me a lot of people do.

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Me in the blue fleece jacket wandering around at the top – 34 degrees but the wind was not bad at all compared to how it can be at times.  I even remembered to bring my gloves.  And of course there were people totally unprepared and were in sandals, shorts, tank tops.  I really do not know what they think the weather will be at 14,000 feet elevation.  As you can see others were as prepared as we were.

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Mike – a little out of focus

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Now for the trip back down –

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We are going down while others are coming up

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And down more and more and more

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That is it from Pike’s Peak – if you ever get to the area if you do not mind heights either take the road or the train – and have fun (bring a winter jacket and gloves!!)

Now I am going to try to get a couple more blocks pieced this evening – it is getting too chilly to sit outside – we did a bit of walking today.  When we got down off the mountain we wandered around the touristy area of Manitiou Springs the town we are camped near – very touristy – lots of shops with lots of the same stuff.  I think I am getting burned out from too many tourist towns over the years.  When we got done with that one we drove to the next little town Old Colorado City - much smaller and actually a much more charming town I think.  Nice shops with artist works in some of them that were higher quality I thought and more variety too.  Still didn’t buy anything! but nice stuff.

Oh and on the home made fudge – so far since I saw it for $14.99 a pound at Garden of the Gods I have since seen it for $10.99 a pound (plus a 1/4 lb. free) at Cripple Creek up in the mountains by far the best price so far,  and the price today was $13.99 a pound at Manitiou Springs.

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Helen September 15, 2011 at 10:05 am

Karen,
What a remarkable trip. The heights made me dizzy just looking at your photos. I would not have done well going in either direction. I agree with your comments about tourist towns. We do not purchase items unless they are unique. After moving from Michigan back to Canada in 2004, we realized just how much “stuff” we had that was of no significance to either of us – most of it was purchased while travelling and seemed like a good idea at the time. Happy travels!
Helen (Nanci’s P.T.)
P.S. No need to send email for this posting or subsequent ones. I just enjoy your adventure.

Sarah DiDomizio September 15, 2011 at 11:26 am

I think the dog is probably an Irish Wolfhound.

Mary L September 15, 2011 at 11:34 am

Agree with Sarah, it’s an Irish Wolfhound. Not going to say “love the pics” today. LOL. Scary!!! Kidding..you take wonderful pictures.

Tonni September 15, 2011 at 4:17 pm

WOW! What a view … can’t imagine walking up that mountain! I’m also enjoying your adventure. Can’t wait til hubby gets home this weekend to show him the trip we need to take :)
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regina chronister September 15, 2011 at 5:50 pm

you are on vacation buy some fudge

Marianne September 15, 2011 at 6:30 pm

Yep, an Irish Wolfhound. Good to know about the cog railroad. We have never been to the top of Pike’s Peak because I’m afraid to drive it! Mesa Verde and the Colo. Natl. Monument were challenging enough!

Astrid September 15, 2011 at 8:48 pm

Lovely scenery! It’s an Irish Wolfhound… They are huge! A neighbor where I grew up had one, but it was brownish…
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Marie September 16, 2011 at 8:49 am

Great photos. It looks like a great place to visit. Beautiful views. I was coming on to comment on the Irish Wolfhound, but I see that several others have already done that. He’s a beauty. A huge beauty.
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Melanie October 2, 2011 at 7:47 pm

It’s an Irish Wolfhound!! My favorite. Michelle’s next door neighbor has one named Wallace. I want one so bad! What would Patty do? LOL. Enjoying the photos.

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