Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Pikes Peak or Bust...


Pikes Peak was our adventure for the day.  It is recorded that this is the most visited mountain in North America and the second most visited mountain in the world just behind Mount Fuji.  We have visited it many times, but, today was just one more journey to take Caden and Kourtney for their first visit and for Andrew, Lauren, and Zachary to revisit this famous mountain.

When we left Woodland Park this morning, the clouds had almost


covered the view of the mountain.

Our drive to Manitou Springs took about 30 minutes and we arrived at the Cog Railway in plenty of time.  The kids had time to make themselves a


souvenir penny.

When it was time, we all boarded the


Aspen Train and waited for the conductor to come by to collect

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our tickets.

Our trip of 8.9 miles by way of the train took us past


big boulders,


flowers growing above the tree line,


sheep in the clouds, and even the


work train coming down the mountain.

When we were high in the


clouds, we still continued to climb until we finally reached the


summit at 14,115 feet.

We headed in to get what is labeled


the world's famous donuts.  Now, there is nothing really spectacular about this donut, except that making a donut at that altitude is pretty unique.  The one thing that you have to do it eat them at the top or they will be flat when you get to the bottom!

After treating ourselves to the Pikes Peak Donut, we headed out to the


observation tower for a few pictures.  However, the


the clouds just wouldn't allow much view today.  We did pick out a few


sheep, but that was all.

So, with just one last


picture, we loaded back on the Aspen Train and soon were making our way down hill!

We didn't get much passed the


lake until all the fun for the day


caught up with Caden!

I think Pikes Peak is a must for everyone and I never get tired to seeing it.  It is no wonder the song


America the Beautiful was penned and named for these beautiful mountains...they are indeed a purple mountain majesty and America's mountain.


  1. Looks like you are a having a great time with the grands. And those "goats" look an awful lot like "Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep"

    1. JB...I stand corrected. My mind just wasn't working too well when I wrote the blog. Guess it is a little mixed up keeping up with all these kids!