Not only is today Mark's birthday, but, it is also our last day here in Woodland Park. So, we wanted today to be special for both reasons. The choice was obvious...
We took for the drive
up Pike's Peak, America's Mountain.
We have been to the top of Pike's Peak many times, but the last several trips we took the
Cog train, so this time we decided to drive the 19 miles to the top.
We made our way to the
entrance and paid the fee. Nothing left at this point except to make our way
through construction, and
kept going up and around and around until we finally made it up to
The temperature was 50 degrees and while we were at the top a
dark cloud blew in bringing snow flakes with it, so...
time to head into the gift shop to browse around. And, in lieu of a birthday cake, I treated Mark to the World Famous
high altitude donuts and a cup of coffee.
When at the top, you know why the words of America The Beautiful were penned from here in the late 1800's. And, when we were content with soaking in all
of that beauty, we started our decent.
Going down is a lot quicker than going up...
We were cleared at
the the brake check to keep going and soon, we were almost
to the bottom.
We then made our way through Manitou and on into The Springs. Our destination was the mall for a little birthday shopping. Mark got 4 pairs of socks and I got a new pair of Oakley sunglasses.
Great birthday, great day!
Tomorrow, we will be traveling about 100 miles to Golden, Colorado. We are looking forward to spending the weekend with my nephew and his little boy. I am sure there will be an adventure or two to report from there.
And, by the way, to answer the comments from yesterday's post...the orange things on the grill were peaches and they were delicious!