Retirement Trip 2006
Sep
30
2006

Eyes on the goal

Paul was hiking and loving it. His eyes were on the sky and he took lots of beautiful pictures. My eyes were on those holes in the ground.We had asked the site hosts what we should watch out for if we went hiking.”Rattlesnakes?” I suggested.”Oh sure.” they replied casually. “They sun themselves on the rocks….usually […]

Retirement Trip 2006
Sep
30
2006

Hiking at Lake Pueblo

We took s nice hike this morning, started off with three layers and could have been in a t-shirt when we ended.

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The view out one side of the camper

The view out the other side

Mid-day light

Evening light

Morning sun on Pikes Peak

Sunrise

Morning light

Catcus we saw on our morning hike

that’s where we’re headed

That’s our campsite neighbor

he’s up a thousand feet

Carol Ane climbing

The campground from halfway up. that’e our camper slightly to the right of dead center

The dam

Yes that rock is over her head

Mountain man Paul

At the top of the bluff

the campground again

Pikes Peak in the background

There are lots of catcus here

heading down the back way

that’s where we’re going

CA’s using her hiking stick

Great views

Here is the back side of the bluff

there is another paraglider

One more corner and we’re back

Retirement Trip 2006
Sep
30
2006

Sunrise at Lake Pueblo

As I sit here typing, the sun is just coming over the edge of the horizon. Some 50 miles off in the distance, I can see Pikes Peak lit by the first rays of the sun. It’s hard to imagine that less than 24 hours ago, we were standing on top of that peak.It’s been […]

Retirement Trip 2006
Sep
29
2006

She’s on top of the world

Ok, so she was a little oxygen deprived and winded (me too) but at 14,110 feet above sea level you should be. It was a beautiful day and the views were fantastic from the top of pikes peak. More later

Retirement Trip 2006
Sep
29
2006

Into Thin Air

Paul loved Pike’s Peak, but I felt a little light-headed….I think I had hallucinations….It was a big bunch of rocks. I followed Paul around…really slowly so I did not faint….I took his picture, and remembered childhood fears…I don’t really want to talk about it….

Retirement Trip 2006
Sep
29
2006

Heading up to Pikes Peak

Well we took the cog railroad to the to of Pikes Peak. It takes an hour by train, hiker take 6-8 hours one way. The views were great. One point of the trip is called Inspiration Point, it the view that inspired the words to America the Beautiful. Along the way there is couple that […]

Retirement Trip 2006
Sep
28
2006

Pikes Peak behind the Air Force Academy

Well am I excited! I’ve discovered there is a cog railroad that goes to the top of Pikes Peak. I checked the weather and it is suppose to be nice, so tomorrow will will ride to the top which is 14,110 feet above sea level! Right now I’m sitting in a campground at 6200 feet […]

Retirement Trip 2006
Sep
28
2006

Where are we now?

Here is the map that shows our (slow) progress from Valentine, NE (where I was trapped with a man who thought ‘talk-like-a-pirate-day’ should last at least two weeks…to where we are now, Castle Rock, Colorado.

Retirement Trip 2006
Sep
28
2006

Colorado has a lot of mountains

We took Katie’s car to drive up and see still more mountains. I was worried that my fear of heights would click in again, and I would be trapped on narrow, horrifying mountain , and I would just have to keep my eyes shut tight for several hours. That did not happen….but I think Paul […]

Retirement Trip 2006
Sep
27
2006

The word for the day is….

WOW!

at least that’s all I heard from Carol Ane for a good half hour as we started up into the mountains. It was her first time in the Rockies.We borrowed Katie’s car and drove the ‘Peak to Peak’ scenic trail this morning and it was glorious. I’d forgotten how big these mountains are. […]