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North America » United States » Colorado » Pikes Peak June 16th 2018

We finally made it to Colorado and the mountains of fun begins. No sense in starting small so we began with the drive up Pike's Peak. It is not for the faint of heart and the air starts to get a little thin at 14,410 above sea level. Especially when we are from Jacksonville, FL where 40 feet above sea level is considered really getting up there and some get nose bleeds whenever they go across the top of the Dames Point Bridge. We had planned on taking the Cog Railroad but it was retired after last season and 126 years of continuous operation. As you will see later the drive can be quite exciting. We hope you enjoy the photos and the stories around them as the adventure continues on the way to Alaska. Marvin ... read more
Campground Rabbits
Pike's Peak lake on the way to the summit
Yes there is a Bigfoot

North America » United States » Colorado » Pikes Peak July 18th 2017

Manitou and Pikes Peak Cog railway is world’s highest cog railway. Cog rails use cog wheels to climb steep slopes, are different than conventional ‘adhesion’ type rails. This train runs officially from 1891 and has a very good safety record. You’ll never get bored on this three hours trip toward the peak for ever changing landscapes from temperate region to Alpine Tundra. Every layer has its unique features. As you move upwards nature unveils its hidden treasures. Let’s have a look from beginning of the journey up to the summit 14,110 ft in pictures. Photo credits: Saad Haider... read more
View from Train
Going upward
Pepping over the pines and spruce

North America » United States » Colorado » Pikes Peak September 14th 2015

We had to get up ridiculously early for our flight to Denver so were half-dazed when we checked the forecast. I assumed a lack of caffeine at 5:00am was responsible for some delirium and I mis-read the temperature...but oh no, I had not. From the Denver airport we picked up our rental car and headed 1 hour south of Denver to Colorado Springs into a breezy 92 degrees. I kid you not. For my fellow Canadians, 92 farenheit is the temperature at which Canadian flesh begins to roast. Interesting fact: a broiled Canadian smells a lot like bacon. While in Colorado Springs (we spent two nights there) we checked out the Garden of the Gods park, Old Colorado City Historic District, the Town of Manitou Springs, and took the Cog Railway to the top of Pike's ... read more
Garden of the Gods
Mule deer in Manitou Springs
The train at the top

North America » United States » Colorado » Pikes Peak June 25th 2014

Wednesday, 25 June, 2014 After a hearty breakfast we drove through old Manitou Springs to the depot of the Manitou and Pikes's Peak Cog Railway. Parking was pretty tight, but the attendants were experienced at fitting all the vehicles into the parking lots. Sean and I browsed through both gift shops in the depot before it was time to board the train. We boarded about 20 minutes before departure time and I turned the camera over to Sean to take pictures during our ascent. He did pretty well, I think. There were a few small waterfalls on the way up and lots of trees and Colorado granite boulders. Once past the tree line, we could see nearly to Kansas. We saw several yellow bellied marmots around the rocks near the summit. Once at the top, elevation ... read more
At the depot
On the way up
Passing train

North America » United States » Colorado » Pikes Peak August 11th 2013

We came so close - only 24 hours left and we would have made it through a 22-day RV excursion without a single medical incident. Oh well. We set off from our campsite in Grandby for Rocky Mountain National Park, having already decided that this would be a driving tour since we knew we needed to set aside significant time for packing up the RV and preparing to return our rental tomorrow. The views we encountered as we drove through the park on Route 34 were gorgeous. As John Denver crooned about being 27 and finding himself once again in the Rockies, it was easy to see what inspired him so much. Deep, steep valleys; huge, rocky hillsides; lush, dense forests; unexpected ponds and lakes dotting the landscape - the Rockies offer a lot to look ... read more
Big Horned Sheep
Elk Herd 1
Elk Herd 2

North America » United States » Colorado » Pikes Peak June 25th 2010

Well how was that for a little excitement ??? I'm thinking it was just a little too exciting for me but thank goodness Mr. John was ready, willing and able to come out and rescue us so we didn't have to spend the entire night in the middle of a cow pasture out in the middle of nowhere. I was so delriously tired when we arrived at the Wal-Mart in Woodland Park, Co last night that I didn't even notice how nice it was. When I got up this morning and took a peak out the window I was really surprised. This Wal-Mart was fancy, it had stacked stone from the bottom to the top and then entrance looked like the inside of a log cabin. It kinda felt like we had slept at the Ritz ... read more
Freezing cold at the top of Pikes Peak !
YAY, we made it to the top of Pikes Peak !
Steep hill going up Pikes Peak on the train.

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