Hotel San Ayre
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... it was the highest peak in the Rockies, but it is only one of 54 mountains that rise above 14,000 feet.
We all got lightheaded and a little bit of a headache while at the summit. They said that the oxygen level up there is 50% less than at the bottom. We felt it for sure.
Not all of us enjoyed the ride up the mountain with all of the turns and twists, especially since there weren’t any guardrails. Some of us ...
... We were lucky to link up with a park volunteer
who lead our group through the park explaining the geology; we learned a lot that we would not have if we wondered the paths ourselves. Wandering the park, the trading post store and watching the orientation film took up most of the afternoon. Prior to returning to the camper we did another of those mundane things, we went to the grocery store.
We decide , with Lyndsey's urging, that we will visit a small ghost town museum in the area. I am not sure why this is a ghost town since it seems more like an old time town restoration. It indoors and is a grouping of buildings of a typical old west town and the buildings are filled with ...
... which is the half-way point on the journey. At about the 5 mile point, the grade steepens again. Now we begin climbing in earnest. Lake Moraine and Mount Almagre dominate the views here. Many of the trees in this area are bristlecone pine, some of the oldest living things on earth! It is estimated that some trees on Pikes Peak are over 2000 years old. Once we climb above timberline, the views become more expansive. Timberline is the area where trees stop ...
... in a wood shop 'just to look’. We walked around the figurines and then veered to a separate room where our world was instantly changed: there were a dozen (?) different brownstone street scenes from the 1915-1925 era, complete with children playing on the corner, the telephone repairman climbing a pole, Hurdy-gurdy man with his monkey entertaining and piano players who could be seen in some windows playing for guests. It was a truly amazing vision.