Pikes Peak

denver-001Last week Mr. Aitch and I were in Colorado visiting our daughter and family.  If you are a regular follower, you saw the pictures of our grandchildren wearing their pumpkin hats at the pumpkin farm.  They loved them.  Several people asked where to find them and I directed them to the pattern.


We took the cog train in Manitou Springs up Pikes Peak.  It was a warm day but we knew it would be cold at the summit.


The ride was awesome and the views breathtaking once the clouds moved out-of-the-way.


We were glad to have water to drink on the way up as it helps prevent altitude sickness.  Mr. Aitch and I were a little dizzy once we got to the summit.  Fortunately we didn’t need and extra oxygen.  Our winter coats, hats, and gloves were a necessity!


You can see the track that the cog wheels fit into to get the train up the mountain.  It is too steep for smooth wheels and tracks.


The track just stops at the edge.


Commemorative placard shown above and closer below recognizes Zebulon Montgomery Pike who discovered the mountain in 1806 while exploring the Louisiana Purchase.  Waist-deep snows kept him from scaling the mountain.


A view of the timber line.


The only wildlife we saw was in the lodge at the summit.


It was cold and rocky at the top.


Pumpkin hats at Pikes Peak Summit!



The “other” mitts

The Shaadi Mitts got the better of me so I decided to knit another pair of Shirl’s Mitts for my daughter.


I started them while waiting for our plane to take off on our way to visit her and finished them a few days later. It’s hard to knit with three grandkids all wanting one’s attention.


Cleckheaton Country 8 ply yarn in color 2250. They call it light green but I’d call it pistachio. I believe this color has been discontinued.