Pikes Peak – WOW

O beautiful, for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain!
America! America! God shed His grace on thee,
And crown thy good with brotherhood, from sea to shining sea.

Katherine Lee Bates
written after a trip to Pikes Peak in 1893

What a beautiful day! We snagged another Sower couple, Bev and Gary Carter, and took off for parts…um, higher!!! It was a perfect day to do the Pikes Peak Auto Road so we hit the road early and had a great time. I took over 100 pictures, but I’ve whittled them down to these for the time being. Once I get access to my Flickr account (still being blocked on the wireless here) I’ll post more – but here is a fair selection from the day!
This was one of our first stops on the way up. Yep, that’s THE mountain in the background – and we’re headed to the TOP!

Our second major stop – there was even a gift shop at this mile marker. Folks coming down the mountain stop here and get their brakes checked. Shortly after this area the number of guard rails reduced sharply. Gulp.

This one is looking up the hill~

Made it to the top – the view was certainly spectacular from just about every angle.

Here we are – the official “we made it to the top” picture!

Can you see the road leading to the summit? It was quite a drive!

Here we are, headed down. See what I mean about the missing guardrails??????

And here we are back at our “first stop”. A couple of clouds have moved it, but the view is still spectacular!

After we returned from where the air is rare (literally!), we took a nice leisurely stroll around Old Colorado City. You know, expensive funky gift shops, fudge shops and creamy ice cream sold by the ounce! Ouch! (but yummy!).

It was a lovely, lovely day – we came home, took a couple of Tylenol (for the high altitude headache that was definately worth it), and took a nap. Yep, a great way to spend an early Fall Saturday!

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