The LONG drive across Kansas was rather uneventful. Near Goodland,Kansas I was compelled to stop and photograph a particularly pretty field of sunflowers.
Lots and lots of sunflowers!
We called and called to finally find a hotel with vacancy in Colorado Springs. We got the last room in the Villa. When the sun came up, we found a beautiful view of Pikes Peak out our window. I ran out to capture pictures in the early morning sun.
From the lane next to our motel, these rocks looked like a cat sitting on the ridge.
I spied than unusual clearing going upt one of the nearby hills.
Waiting at the Cog-Wheel Railway Depot to climb Pikes Peak.
Later, when we were waiting to get on the cog railway to ride to the top of Pikes Peak, we were close enough to see that it was a stairway with people walking on it!
Train shed and one of the trains.
The rails for the cog railway. Note the center "gear" and the two outer "balance" rails.
View with aspen on the way up the mountain. Note the rain showers in the far distance.
At the tree line, a bristlecone pine dated as 2500 years old.
If you look carefully in the center, you can see a marmot with his mouth full of "hay".
Dark valley looking down from above the tree line.
Tundra above the tree line.
We waited a while for another train to pass.
Another typical tundra view.
The picture is level; the grade was 25%!
Another well-fed marmot warming on a rock near the track.
The leading train going around a curve.
You can see the track from whence we've come on the left side.
Marmot on a rock overlooking a mountain lake.
The cut-out area in the background is the Cripple Creek gold mining area.
I'm SO glad we didn't drive up!
I think this one is self-explanatory....
At the top, fog moved in and it started to sleet and snow.
The warmth (plus hot chocolate and doughnuts) at the summit were welcome. Just walking a few steps provoked considerable huffing and puffing.
The train we rode up in.
The song America the Beautiful was inspired in part by a trip up Pikes Peak. There is a beautiful set of plaques commemorating that at the peak.
Detail of one of the plaques.
One of the side plaques.
As we started down, the snow started falling in earnest. A marmot was looking a bit disappointed with the day's weather.
Another train was waiting for us to pass on our way down.
As we went around a corner, we could see the track ahead where it ran through a pretty stand of aspens.
Couldn't resist another photo.
The pink aspens were especially brilliant in one spot along the track.
This rock formation reminded me of a hippopotamus.
One of Linda's pictures of the terrain.
I was fast enough on the shutter to capture one of the many waterfalls along the track.
As we neared the end of our trip, we saw many Mountain Ash trees with bright red berries.
Friday afternoon, September 28, we got to Glen Eyrie. I hiked up a hill behind the castle for a while. Glen Eyrie is adjacent to the Garden of the Gods.