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Pikes Peak called to us and so we went to Colorado Springs, which is home of the Air Force Academy and many churches that we weren't interested in seeing. We were interested in ascending the peak and one of us was also interested in seeing the renown Broadmoor Hotel. We did both and had a grand time finding other memorable sites.
"Pikes Peak or Bust" was the call that brought an estimated 100,000 prospectors to Pikes Peak in 1859. The gold boom has long since been replaced by ...
... over to the Chapel. The chapel is a fantastic building both for the architectural standpoint
and for the spiritual feeling you get just walking into the chapel. After that we walked around an area that overlooked the cadet’s dorms, dining hall and class rooms, all were surrounding
a large grassy area and the parade grounds. Unfortunately we are now at the end of the academic year and there were very few cadets out and about, those ...
... and maybe for this best since we were told by someone who had driven it that they were fine going up but had to stop frequently to let the brakes on their vehicle cool. We never considered hiking it.
We board the train and begin our descent. We pass ...
... was built in the 1960's and was never intended to serve the numbers it does today. Consequently, long lines are quite common especially in the food service area. You can bring food and beverages aboard the train that were purchased at the summit.
The train crew will blow a long blast on the horn 10 minutes before the train leaves. We were reminded that we MUST return on the same train, and the train leaves ON TIME! You get 30 to 40 minutes on ...
Today we both were suffering (more than usual) from springtime pollens all around us. Thankfully, I brought some good herbal capsules...and we are consuming them often, doncha know!
We took our time in the morning, and with several bottles of water to stay hydrated, we climbed the chartered bus (same as from yesterday) to Pikes Peak. For anyone who does ...