Friday, October 12, 2012

View from Atop Pike's Peak

Pike's Peak is one of the larger and well known mountains in Colorado going up to 14,115 feet above sea-level. It is even designated a National Historic Landmark.  It was named after Zebulon Pike, Jr., an explorer who led an expedition to the mountain. 

We were very lucky to be able to drive up to Pike's Peak.  We tried to go up in mid-morning or so, but when we got to the base, they had the road to the top closed due to fog and ice.  So, we went over to the Garden of the Gods and spent some time there while we waited for the peak to clear up.  Luckily from the Garden, you can see Pike's Peak.  Around 1:00pm or so, it cleared and we were able to drive up. The drive up is a little scary, but fun at the same time.  Great views, but if you suffer from a little vertigo, it could be a little nerve racking.  Many places have no guard rails and there really are no shoulders once you are up beyond the tree-lines.  The drop-offs are steep so it can make your stomach quiver a little.  However, if you just keep your eye on the road, it's not too big of a deal, at least for the driver.  The passenger on the other hand gets the curbside view! 

This shot was taken behind the gift shop looking down towards Manitou Springs.  As I said, it has great views, but as you can see from the snow on the ground, it was a bit nippy.  Bring a jacket if you decide to go!

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