After our pit stop at the Verizon store for a new phone/camera, we went to Pikes Peak. It was really fun to go up there on July 4th because it was hot down in Colorado Springs, but in the 50s up at the peak. A nice way to cool off on a hot day!
Pikes Peak in the Rocky Mountains is 14,110 feet above sea level. You can either drive to the top (and yes you can do it in a dually truck), or take the Cog Railway. We opted to drive up (which is how I know you can do it in a dually). To drive up costs $12 for adults and $5 for kids or a maximum of $40 per vehicle. The railway looks fun but it was a lot more expensive, and we like to make lots of stops on the way to enjoy the viewpoints. Like this one! Who would want to miss out on the chance to see Big Foot?
We think we may have found one of his footprints.
That’s a Big Foot! 🙂
The summit was incredible! On our drive up the clouds started rolling in so I was praying we would still have a nice view up there. It was chilly, but the skies hadn’t totally clouded over yet so we still were able to enjoy the view from the top.
We went in the lodge to try the world famous donuts, and they were delicious! They call them “world famous” because they are high altitude donuts that can only be made above 14,000 feet. Supposedly the secret recipe will not work at a lower elevation.
We got to see the Cog Railway make a stop at the top after we finished our donuts.
Since we were there on Independence Day, I thought it was so appropriate to learn that the song America the Beautiful, written by Katharine Lee Bates, was written after she visited Pikes Peak.
I can certainly see how the view could be so inspiring. You can see so much of the majestic beauty of God’s Creation from up there.
As you can see there are no trees up there. It is considered the tundra where tree growth is hindered by the cold and wind for most of the year. At about the 11,500 mark you will start to see less and less trees. It also gets more difficult to breathe as the air gets thinner and there is less oxygen. Chris & I were surprised at how out of breath we felt walking around up there. The kids didn’t seem affected at all!
These pictures are at the Crystal Reservoir that we visited on the way back down, and here we saw plenty of trees again.
The world can be a pretty depressing place these days. So many sad events happening almost daily. I’m thankful for the opportunity we have been given to travel and experience these amazing places together as a family. We are not guaranteed tomorrow so get out there and make awesome memories with your families and friends today.