Day 13: Cog train, Pikes Peak and Garden of the Gods take one

I’m currently on a 5,000 mile road trip through 15 states with Cecily. The following is an excerpt from today’s post on our blog, destinationinspiration2012.com.

Today was the first day of the trip that we pretty much didn’t drive anywhere. Besides one errand down the street, our car stayed parked in the Chapmans’s driveway while they drove us around. It was pretty nice to just ride for once. Our first adventure of the day was the Pikes Peak cog train, which we took all the way up to the top of the mountain. It took us about an hour and a half to climb to the altitude of 17,110 feet, but the view was absolutely gorgeous the whole way so it went by quick.

It was a beautiful morning down at the train station at about 6,400 feet and we only needed light jackets. But by the time we made it to the top, the temperature had dropped to 17 degrees and we were freezing through about four layers apiece. We admired the incredible view for a few minutes before running inside the souvenir shop to escape the chill. Also to get some of their world famous donuts. At those high altitudes, our ears were constantly popping, we got out of breathe walking about 20 yards, and Cecily thought her sinuses might explode at any moment. Yet it was totally worth it to literally be above the clouds looking down.

See here for the complete post!

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About The 1st Draft

I am a 30-something English teacher living in the Midwest who loves books, television, soccer, a good conversation, Cardinals baseball, and playing with my adorable nieces and nephews.
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