for mothers day, we decided to drive up to the top of pikes peak, a 14,000+ foot snow capped mountain overlooking colorado springs. we were pleasantly surprised when we got to the tollbooth and were informed that moms were free, saving us $15 (which we then turned around and spent on overpriced souvenirs).
at the top, we immediately felt the effects of the lower oxygen levels at the high altitudes. i had to rush kids to the bathroom and carry one particular kid who was grumpy with the wind conditions, and i was quickly short of breath and feeling lightheaded. but we managed to take in a bit of the scenery, without passing out.
if you don’t want to drive, you can take the cog railroad that shoots up the side of the mountain. it was a bit more expensive, so we decided to shave years off our life expectancy with the treacherous drive. anyhow. here’s the end of the line for the train, with distant scenery in the background.
we picked out our commemorative sticker and some postcards and started the journey back down the mountain. (it’s about 20 miles and takes about an hour). we didn’t stop for pictures on the way up, wanting to save our energy, but on the way down, we took a millionty shots.
once up and inside, there was a neat little place where the rocks formed a little window, overlooking the landscape below. anna took this shot of me. it was pretty windy and i was having a hard time balancing while waiting for her to take the picture.
back at the visitor center near the reservoir, we stopped for bathrooms, snacks (which we didn’t get because $$), and commemorative patch for a future quilt to remember the lidbom rambling roadshow someday. and we took a bunch of pictures, with the top of pikes peak in the background.
and thus concludes our pikes peak adventure.