We had already been to the top of Mt. Washington in New Hampshire, taking a coal fired steam engine, so we thought the Manitou and Pikes Peak Cog Railway would be a good next adventure. Many trains were booked, but thanks to my cousin Abe, we were able to get tickets for an 8am departure, it just meant getting up really early to take care of Abby and Robbie.
The trip starts deep in wooded forests, so it is difficult to get good pictures, you are either looking at trees or the side of a mountain. As we got higher, the trees thinned, revealing some spectacular views. As we got higher, you could start to see parts of Colorado Springs off in the distance. There were marmots hiding in and out of a stack of railway ties. Near the summit, there was even a spot where the highway and railway come together, with the highway making a hairpin turn right at the rail line.
We finally got to the top and what greets us, snow. June 11th and there is still snow on the ground at the peak. There was a very brave troop of explorers who had decided to bike Pikes Peak, brave but not stupid, taking the easy way, get a ride up the mountain and then you coast down. For whatever reason, the donuts that they bake at 14 thousand feet are particularly delicious, especially early in the morning. On the way down we spotted some big horn sheep grazing beside the rail line. All of our cog railway pictures (and in fact all of our Colorado pictures) are available on smugmug. The cog railway pictures starting here.
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|Intro to Colorado and Woodland Park|
|Air Force Academy and the Class of 2013 Graduation|
|Garden of the Gods|
|Truck Systems Testing and Installations|
|Manitou and Pikes Peak Cog Railway|
|Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center|
|Goliad TX Spring 2013|
|Kerrville TX and NHOG 2013|
|Sanger TX Spring|
|Guthrie OK, Spring|
|Junction City KS, Spring 2013|
|Colorado and Woodland Park|
|Early Summer 2013|
|Late Summer 2013|