|Summit of Pikes Peak|
We went horseback riding in Garden of the Gods, took a train ride at Cripple Creek through old and abandoned mining country, toured the Manitou Cliff Dwellings, drove to the summit of Pikes Peak, hiked Red Mountain and the Manitou Incline, and I even ate sushi in Colorado Springs.
|Horseback riding. Awesome.|
The altitude is incredible. It's 900 feet above sea level where I live, and Manitou is around 6,000. Colorado's state motto (or something) of "Got Oxygen?" has a new meaning for me (because I didn't "got oxygen" most of the time up there). I really appreciated our Subaru Outback, too. There's a reason it's the unofficial state car of Colorado. I think I've found the place I want to be.
...Also, there were no mosquitoes (bonus points!).
After we left Manitou Springs, we headed towards South Dakota and visited Mount Rushmore, Custer State Park, and the Badlands before heading home.