September 2004

Someone build a rock wall on top of this, at least 50 foot high, formation. There is a placard but we couldn't read it.


Filled with the wonders of nature, the Garden of the Gods was dedicated in 1909 as a free city park. An abundance of plant and animal like can be found throughout its 1350 acres, as well as the magnificent red sandstone rock formations that have made it world famous. Many of these formations are over 300 million years old and were sculpted through time by erosion. The Garden offers hiking, picnicking, horseback riding and photography.


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Garden of the Gods from the visitor center.

We thought this one looked like a buffalo.


This is balancing rock.

David caught the Balancing rock in the mirror along with this awesome formation.

Small caves in the sandstone.

The road goes around this formation.

Here is a real balancing rock.

Looking down onto where the road goes around the rock formation.

Four days before we attempted to drive up Pikes Peak and there were 60 MPH winds at the top so they only let people drive half way up. Our second trip to drive Pikes Peak was more successful. We called at 9 a.m. and the road was only open to mile marker 13 because of snow the night before. We called again about 2 p.m. and the recording said it was open to mile marker 16. So we headed up to the toll booth at 3:30 p.m. and it was open all the way to the top. YAHOO…. They figure an hour up and an hour down so they kick people off the summit at 5 p.m. David was a little disappointed because the Pikes Peak road was paved all the way to the 13 mile marker. He expected the whole 20 miles to be dirt. Anyway it was well worth the ten bucks per person they charge to drive up. The snow made the experience more memorable and the view from the summit was awesome. Only problem we had trouble breathing at 14,110 feet in freezing temperatures with snow on the ground. We were leaving Colorado springs the next morning, and before leaving David had to wash 30 pounds of red dirt on, under, and on top of the truck first.

We ain't ascared. 14,110 feet Pikes Peak.

Tole booth charges ten bucks per person to drive up.

Sign for Pikes Peak Highway.

Up, up and away. Ears popping.

Looking down onto hwy 24 from Ute Pass.

The leaves are starting to turn color.

Pikes Peak from Crystal Reservoir. The lake is used for drinking water for cities below and looks rather low. Lots of fall color on the mountains.

Crystal Reservoir souvenir shop.

We finally find the dirt part of the road.

We start seeing snow along side the road.

This is Pikes Peak Lodge and surrounding mountains at the 16 mile marker.

We got T-shirts that say "Real Men (Women) don't need guard rails".

Wind blown snow patterns look cool.

Nancy says "Hug the hill, Dad".

We made it.

14,110 feet above sea level, its hard to breath here.

The Garden of the gods in Colorado Springs.

Colorado Springs from the top of the world.

Careful, of the snow on the road going down.

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