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Pikes Peak

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?

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We think we may have found one of his footprints.

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That’s a Big Foot! 🙂

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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.

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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.

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We got to see the Cog Railway make a stop at the top after we finished our donuts.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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These pictures are at the Crystal Reservoir that we visited on the way back down, and here we saw plenty of trees again.

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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.

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Garden of the Gods

We visited Garden of the Gods twice while we were in Colorado Springs.  The first time was on the Saturday of July 4th weekend and it was packed!  Despite the crowds we had a great time because we got to enjoy it with the Smith family that we met last year in California.

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We love this family and would love to camp with them again.  Shortly after we met them last year they settled down in a mountain cabin in Colorado so they are no longer traveling.  But they still have their RV, so hopefully we will get to camp together again someday.

Since that Saturday was so crowded and the weather wasn’t that great, we decided to go back again on the morning of July 4th.  We got there at 8am to beat the crowds and the heat.  It worked!

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This place is amazingly beautiful!

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The history of the name comes from 2 surveyors who in 1859 came upon these beautiful sandstone formations while looking to start a new townsite called Colorado City. One of the men suggested it would be a “capital place for a beer garden” while his companion said “Beer garden! Why it is a fit place for the gods to assemble. We will call it Garden of the Gods.”

Charles Elliott Perkins purchased the land in 1879.  After he died, his children knowing how he felt about this land donated it to the city of Colorado Springs specifying that it shall always remain free to the public and it is still free today.

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Just after I took this last picture of the mountains and purple flowers my phone died.  My phone is also my camera.  Our 4th of July holiday was interrupted by a visit to the Verizon store.  Thankfully the pictures were salvaged, but the phone could not be fixed so I had to get a new one before we could continue on with our day of sightseeing.  On to Pikes Peak next.

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Colorado Springs

After the Fulltime Families rally we headed to Colorado Springs.  We spent about 10 days there which included the 4th of July.  We stayed at Cheyenne Mountain State Park which was beautiful!  The park sits up high on a hill above Colorado Springs so we had a spectacular view of the city below.  In the evening the city lights were so pretty.  The Ft. Carson Army base was just below the state park and they set off fireworks on July 3rd.  We had great seats for that show with no crowds or traffic, and once the fireworks ended we were already home.  That’s my kind of fireworks show!

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Waiting for the fireworks to start.

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Fat Cat loved this site too.  She loved stalking rabbits outside but she didn’t catch any.  I guess they were too big compared to the chipmunks she liked catching at Ridgway.

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Now THAT is a lazy, fat cat!

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I rode the bike path once while we were there.  That was enough for me!  I don’t think I’m cut out for mountain biking.  Going uphill is so hard, and coming down is scary.  Some pathways were so narrow the bushes were rubbing up against me and it freaked me out wondering what critters could be hiding in those bushes.  And every time I came around a corner I was afraid I would run into a bear!  I used to come upon alligators on my bike rides in Florida, but now I’m in bear country and they scare me more than alligators.  I’m thinking I would be better off sticking to relatively flat and wide open trails.  Still, it was a pretty ride and when I wasn’t so out of breath going uphill or out of control going downhill, I stopped to take some pictures. 🙂

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Thankfully the only wildlife I encountered were several prairie dogs that I couldn’t get pictures of because they’re so bashful, and this cute rabbit that didn’t mind my presence at all.

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While we were in Colorado Springs I took the kids to Focus on the Family.  This is a ministry that provides Christian support and advice on marriage and parenting.  They have an amazing kids play area including a 3-story slide that the boys loved!

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The boys also loved the area where they could put on performances like a puppet show…

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…and dress up as characters from Adventures in Odyssey and perform on stage.

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We also visited Garden of the Gods and Pikes Peak,  but I will save those for separate posts so this post does not get too long.  Stay tuned!

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