Friday, August 26, 2011

Rocky Mountain High

Just got back from Colorado. The trip was so much better than I expected it to be.

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.

The Badlands.

1 comment:

  1. Looks like a great trip! We've been in CO for 4 years now, and live at 8,600 ft. Before that I spent my life somewhere along the West coast... generally near sea level... took about 6 months to adjust! Anyway.. great blog... look forward to more posts

    Jeff (AKA Barefoot Inclined)