Thursday, September 16, 2010

This morning I was sitting at a traffic light just minding my own business and I just happened to catch a glimpse of this peak named after Zebulon who explored here in 1806.  On a clear day it can be seen for 85 miles and is the most popular mountain in Colorado.  Zebulon's assessment that no human could climb to the 14,110 foot summit was severely inaccurate.  Today you can hike up via several different trails (14 miles), drive on a windy switchback road, or take a train on a cog railroad to the top.  You will be rewarded with spectacular vistas, a large visitor center/souvenir shop that features an oxygen bar, and world famous donuts (they're famous because donuts typically do not rise at that altitude).  Stacie and I have driven up, ridden the train, and hiked to the half-way point to be chased down the mountain by a deadly lightning storm.  Did you know that "America, The Beautiful" was inspired by the views from atop Pike's Peak?   

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