2012 Time to Work, Time to Play, & Time to Serve travel blog

Garden of the Gods with Pikes Peak in the distance

Kissing Camels rock formation

This formation reminded me of Devil's Tower

Poodles dressed up for Relay for the Cure


Balanced Rock

Vince holding up the other side of Balanced Rock

Manitou Springs & Pikes Peak Cog Railway Station

Weather at the summit - It was actually 42 with little or...

Half-way point on the railroad

Hummingbird moth

Windy Point - Elevation 12,129

Waiting on a siding for a train headed down

Exciting way to get to the top

View of Colorado Springs from the top - A little bit of...

The view from the top of Pikes Peak inspired the song "America...

This guy has been around - he took our picture at the...

Sue & Vince at the Summit - Elevation 14,114 ft - Notice...

Pikes Peak Donuts & coffee - Donuts are a special recipe for...

Lead train on the way down

Headed down a 25% slope

Our Saudi seat mates

What a great day in Colorado. It was cool and sunny all day, a real relief from the heat the central part of the country has been experiencing. We took advantage of it by visiting the Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs and we rode to the summit of Pikes Peak on the Cog Railway from Manitou Springs. This trip brings back some childhood memories. When I was in 3rd grade, my family (Mom, Dad, and Brother John) moved to Aurora, CO for 6 months while my Dad attended an Air Force school at Lowery Air Force Base. While here we did a lot of sightseeing on the weekends. One of the places we visited was Garden of the Gods. I don’t remember too much about it though other than some vague memories of the Kissing Camels rock formation and Balanced Rock. Another trip we made was to Pikes Peak. My Father tried to drive to the summit, but it was February or March and the road to the summit was closed at about the mid-point due to snow. For whatever reason, we didn’t take the Cog Railway even though it’s open all winter. I’m going to have to search my Father’s photo archives when we get home to see what Colorado pictures I can find. I’m not going to spend a lot of time describing either of our excursions today because the pictures will do the talking.

We met a young couple from Saudi Arabia on the ride up Pikes Peak. They are in the US for training at a couple of GE facilities. He is a control systems engineer and will be working with gas turbine control systems when he returns. They live in the eastern part of Saudi along the Persian Gulf (Arabian Sea to the Saudi’s). The second reason for being here is to learn about American culture. He is expected to write a report when he returns home. Sue carried the conversation so they’ll have plenty to include in their report. They’ll be in the US for another 3 months.

Tomorrow we’ll be headed into the mountains along US 50. I hope Winnie is well rested. That’s it for tonight.

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