This morning I took the Pike’s Peak Cog Railway Tour (www.CogRailway.com) which is now open year round. The Gray Line shuttle bus picked me up at 8:45 to take me to the Cog Railway depot. I was eager to take this trip because, when my high school graduating class took our senior trip to this area the last week of May, we could not go all the way to the summit because the snow was too deep. Now snow plows keep the snow cleared away.
The round trip took about three hours and ten minutes. The views from the top of the 14,110-foot summit inspired the writer of “America the Beautiful” and it is easy to understand why. The ride took us through four life zones from high plains to alpine tundra. There were still patches of snow, some of them about three feet deep. The cliffs and rock formations along the way are beautiful. We saw a deer and a yellow-bellied marmot, as well as a few butterflies and wild flowers. Some of the bristlecone pines are over 2000 years old. We spent about thirty minutes at the top. The temperature at the summit was 46 degrees. We were glad that there was no wind!
My seat mates on the train were Richard and Elaine Bergmann of Arizona. We had a good visit. They are going to some of the places which Barb and I intend to visit. They retired in 2005 and have been taking quite a few trips, most of them short.
I was back at the RV park by 1:30. After a quick lunch, I uploaded and edited my photos, which took a long time. I had planned to take a walk later in the afternoon but we had a little rain storm, so I abandoned that idea.