Monday, September 29, 2008

Oh Pat!

My mother has joined me in Colorado, we've had some good times. I wanted to post a write-up about our trips and get some pics online.
She came in Saturday, we drove up to Rocky Mountain National Park and watched some elk grazing and "bugling" and getting a bit close for comfort to the people. It was a pretty cool thing to watch. Sunday we headed south of Denver, to the Royal Gorge where we rode a train that runs through the gorge, under the world's tallest suspension bridge. We then drove up to the bridge, paid way too much money to be able to walk across the bridge (it's HIGH! and there were people bungie jumping and base jumping off it..insane!). We crashed in Manitou Springs for the night and today we rode a cog (train) up to 14,100 feet above sea level to Pike's Peak. It was a nice ride, nice view and cold. Then we hit up the Garden of the Gods...which was also very beautiful. It's sort of a geological and historical area because the rocks have been moved to a vertical position. The park was free for us and we tooled around a bit, hiked some and took some pics. The rocks are very red too, similar to Red Rocks outside of Denver. It's from the evolutionary process and the layers of earth as time evolved and the earth changed. Picturesque and fun. Now, we are back in Denver. Tuesday (that's tomorrow), we will pack up my apartment, do some cleaning and chill. We pack the car Wednesday morning and as Willie Nelson says it best, we'll be "on the road again". I'll upload some pics from our trips. Hope to post once or twice more on my blog and then I haven't decided what to do with it. Hang around.




This place was really great...here we are at the entrance

The Kissing Camels. do you see them at the top of the pic? the two rocks touching each other, looks like they are smooching...

These are known as the Siamese twins with mom in the middle...

The Royal Gorge train, just after a guy took this pic, the conductor came and told him people aren't allowed on the tracks...opps! at least we got our picture in! (c:

Me in the Garden, I hiked up some rocks, Mom eventually followed and then we sat and looked out for a bit, it was a great spot

At the entrance to the park..look familiar? Joc and I took the same pic at the start of my trip...how it all comes full circle...

The elk were roaming around, I have lots of pictures of this guy, he was bellowing, or bugling as they call it, at his women at this point. Mom and I were in the road, at one point earlier we walked through the crowd of people...mighty beasts they are

Us on the cog to the summit of Pike's Peak...3 hours round trip ride...

At the summit. It was chilly, like 30 degrees brr!

On Pike's Peak, looking Northwest (they say on a clear day you can see Denver's skyline but it wasn't clear enough for us)

2 comments:

Jocelyn said...

Great pictures. I'm so excited to have you coming back home. I've saved all the laundry, lawn mowing, grocery shopping, dishes, and cleaning for your return. There's even some great science experiments growing in the refrigerator! Glad to hear you and your mom are having a memorable time. Its been fun reading your blogs while you've been away. See you in a couple days.

Amy Starkey said...

have a good trip home!