The Stories We Could Tell

Colorado Springs Part II

Our adventures in Colorado Springs continued with a day trip to Cripple Creek. There is not really a lot to do “up on Cripple Creek.” It’s an old mining/gambling town that hasn’t really left the saloon era. It’s just more or less morphed into a sad strip of small casinos and card rooms on the main street. Bummer.

We also visited the Garden of the Gods – red sandstone rock formations over 300 million years old. We hiked through the park and really enjoyed the lovely scenery (only negative is the abundance of horse doo-doo since many of the trails permit them).

But the highlight of our visit was a drive up Pike’s Peak – a whopping 14,110 feet in elevation. We made the 19 mile drive up the mountain, climbing about 7,000 feet in elevation and winding around hairpin turns without guardrails (some crazy people opt to hike up). At the peak there was lots of fresh snow (of course the Californians wore shorts in the freezing weather – oops). Tucker loved it but was freezing by the time we got him back to the car. Even though we are somewhat adjusted to higher elevation you can really feel the lack of oxygen at 14,000 feet – chasing Tucker around or even just bending over produced an instant head rush. The views at the top are just incredible and the reservoirs have some of the clearest, bluest water we have seen – highly recommended if you are in the area.

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June 16, 2010 - Posted by | Uncategorized |

1 Comment »

  1. We were there too. Can’t wait to hear where you’ll end up next.

    Comment by Jamey | June 17, 2010 | Reply


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