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North America » United States » Colorado » Manitou Springs August 26th 2010

We took the last scenic train of our trip today up to the top of Pikes Peak. The grade on this railroad can reach 25% and needs cogs to make that work (you'll need to look that up). This is the longest incline in the world and the trains used are from Switzerland. As you climb to 14,115 feet you can feel the temperature getting colder along the way. Today the sun was out and the temperature at the top did not feel bad at all. We had some of the famous Pikes Peak donuts at the top and stopped to have our picture taken. The summit is also where a school teacher found her inspiration to write America the Beautiful - there was a tourist that brought his trumpet to the top and played this ... read more
America the Beautiful
View From Peak
Waiting at the Top

On my day off, I drove south to Manitou Springs Cliff Dwellings, which is south of Colorado Springs. The cliff dwellings were the homes of Anasazi Indians, built over 700 years ago!! The Anasazi Indians lived in the area from 1200 BC to 1300 AD. They were originally called "Cliff Dwellers." It was pretty cool because, unlike other cliff dwellings, here you are actually able to walk among and inside the different buildings. After checking out the dwellings, I walked through thte town of Manitou Springs. Manitou is a native american name for "spirit." It is named such because there are nine natural mineral springs in the town. They are fed from the snow of Pikes Peak, which rises to the west of town. Before white men lived here,Native Americans considered the area sacred. The eruption ... read more
me by one of the doors in the dwelling
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North America » United States » Colorado » Manitou Springs November 16th 2008

Trip with Colleen and her mom, Mo!... read more
About 13,000 feet  up Pike's Peak
View from Pike's Peak
Snow on the mountaintop

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