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.

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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.

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

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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!

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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.

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The track just stops at the edge.

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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.

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A view of the timber line.

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

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It was cold and rocky at the top.

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Pumpkin hats at Pikes Peak Summit!

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