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Today's drive takes us from Colorado Springs to Grand Lake (in the Rockies). We decided to do a bit of a detour via Pikes Peak mountain, where the hill climb car time trial is held. The 19 mile road took us from 7500ft to the Summit, at 14110ft. There were lots of oohs and aahs as we made our way up, interspersed with the occasional shriek from me as I looked over the edge......I have decided that the racing drivers are completely insane!!! It took us ...
... above the tree line, is alpine tundra and looks like desert. But we were graced with views of Bighorn Sheep, which was a huge excitement for me as I have never seen them in real life! They were somewhat far away, but thanks to a good zoom on my new camera, I got some decent pictures. We even saw small areas where there was still snow on the ground. But what goes up, must come down, and so soon we were driving down the other side of the mountain. This side of the ...
... Donovan and his little friend immensely. Alas, the friendship was doomed from the start; Little Girl and her father got out at the Park and Ride while Donovan et al rode off into the noon-day sun to some other stop on the shuttle line.
We ate our Smoked Turkey sandwiches while sitting on a bench at the Moraine Visitor's Center, overlooking Moraine Park. The sandwiches were delicious, but I rather think they tasted better because ...
... picture, guesses, when it's wrong, looks at the first letter of the word and then looks at the picture again and refines her guess. She's at the point that some words she recognizes (duh, sight words) and others she has no clue about, but she knows all the letters and sounds and if you first ask her the letter, and then re-read the sounds to her, she manages to find the word.
More to say, of course, but now it's time to read to the kiddos!!
... had a few wolf sightings but no bears – possibly good news to the inhabitants of surrounding Estes Park. If the bears and wolves come back, they’ll have to start cutting their lawns with lawnmowers instead of elk.
Our last evening, we all joined together for a dinner at The Other Side restaurant around the corner from our campground. It was tasty and nice and close, perfect to prepare for the next three days of intense driving.
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