Monday, June 3, 2013

The Little RV Visits Pike's Peak and the Garden of the Gods

WOW!
We had an amazing day.  This morning we packed a lunch and ventured off to see the Garden of the Gods.  We drove through the park stopping occasionally to walk a ways and take some photos.  This is a great park.  There is no admission charge unless you go to the visitor and nature center.  We chose to avoid that money pit.  There were a lot of places to park and dogs are welcome as long as they are on a leash!  Our kind of park.  The red rocks against the vivid blue sky were something to behold.  
Entrance to Garden of the Gods












The garden is surrounded by neighborhoods and there are homes overlooking the rock formations but you don't see them until you are near the edges of the park.   

Balanced Rock


It was tough to get a photo of this without the long line of tourists climbing up to get their photos taken on the rock.


This one is called Kissing Camels
Beautiful color variations in the rocks
Our visit to the Garden of the Gods took much less time than we expected so we decided to drive up to Pike's Peak.  It was only a few miles to the entrance of the Pike's Peak Toll Road.  Yes folks, you have to pay a $12 toll per person to the city to drive into the Forrest Service park and up to the top.  The only other way to get there is the train and that is $35 per person.  The views were well worth the cost.  

Oh, be sure to look out for big foot as you drive. My brother pointed out that he looks a bit like Elvis.  
We are camped at an altitude of about 6,500 ft.  The first altitude sign I saw in the park said 8,000 ft.  We climbed fairly quickly. 

Grant was in the back seat in his doggie hammock with the window down anticipating our ascent. 

 
Above the tree line looking down at the switchbacks on the road to the peak.  Rob said wrangling the dually around those hairpin turns was tough. There wasn't much room and you couldn't see if anyone else was coming down.
A gorgeous view of the Rockies in the distance.  We hadn't planned to do Pike's Peak yesterday so I didn't have a jacket with me.  Oh well... it was a balmy 43 degrees.

Grant was admiring the view.  For whatever reason he working the camera yesterday so I took advantage.  He really just wanted to get out of the truck. At least he remembered his coat. 



Narrow, steep roads with no edge and tons of snow still on the ground.







The most amazing views.  You can see for many miles.  





 

We made it!  14,110 ft.  The altitude really made me dizzy and Rob had a tough time breathing up there.  





If you ever get the chance to visit Pike's Peak, take it.  It's an experience I will never forget.  Rob and I used to spend a great deal of our free time on this type of adventure.  It felt like old times. 

4 comments:

  1. The one with no edge and the snow on the side...reminds me of one of those infinity pools! WOW what a ride....stunning photos!

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    1. Cozygirl,
      Good point, it does look like that. No water over the edge though....just a long drop. Thanks!!

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  2. I went up there back in 1959 and the road was gravel, but it was free. Also, on the same trip saw the garden of the gods and seven falls at night.

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    1. Dizzy,
      We decided not to go to 7 Falls because it has turned into a tourist trap with kiddie entertainment and all. The rest has been so awesome.

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