First things first, we’re not getting that kind of high here in Colorado. I’m talking about the altitude! We could catch glimpses of the Rockies from about an hour away from our destination, in Woodland Park. Once we arrived, the views were absolutely incredible! We checked in at a state park campground for two nights. Two very cold nights! It got down to 35 inside the tent – I was unprepared and suggested that Clint try to zip me into his jacket. No luck there… I had to sleep with leggings, pj pants, a long sleeve t shirt, a fleece jacket, and a scarf. I was quite the sight. Especially with no showers for two days! The campsite view was worth it, though.
During our next full day, we ventured out onto Pikes Peak. Clint was looking forward to the snowdrifts, and he got his money’s worth! The road to the top is a bit treacherous, and Clint is afraid of heights. The 19 mile trip was slow and steady. The temperatures fell as the altitude increased, and it was a blustery 33 degrees on the summit!
After our trip to the top, we headed back down to another extreme at Garden of the Gods. This was a surprisingly nice little trip that we had on a whim. It was warm and sunny – hard to believe after the weather we saw a few thousand feet above! I loved scampering all over the rocks. The views here of Colorado Springs were great, too!
I cannot wait to write about our interesting experience in Rocky Mountain National Park. Let’s just say that it involves a snow field and flip flops. Until next time- I’m back into the wilderness!