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... every turn off and every interpretive sign and overlook along the way. Like Utah, this geology inspires wonder. It's hard to wrap my brain around the scale - both time and size - of the events that shaped this beauty.
At the Visitor's Center four miles from the park exit, Bob hopped on his bike and coasted the rest of the way down. I only beat him in the car by about 45 seconds. He arrived so gleeful about his experience that he insisted that I do ...
... town. We then spent several hours at the Cripple Creek Heritage Center, where they had wonderful displays on the history of the town and gold mining industry. Leaving Cripple Creek we headed over several back roads, some of them dirt,
to the “American Eagle Overlook” this was an overlook on the mining company’s property that overlooked a huge open pit gold mining operation. From the overlook the trucks ...
... chatting with the family seated with us who have three kids. We speak with the mom and grandfather and grandmother about the kids who are also homeschooled. We exchange views and curriculum ideas and soon we are at the bottom. I had to chuckle a little as the children referred ...
... cannot get enough moisture because, just under the surface,there is permafrost: the ground remains frozen year-round. What does grow is Alpine tundra; a mixture of mosses, grasses and wildflowers which have all adapted to the extremely short growing season.
Along this area we saw yellow-bellied marmots. The yellow-bellied marmot is the most populous animal on Pikes Peak. Playful creatures, the marmots like to sun themselves on rocks. They are ...
... this time I knew we would not be able to summit. As we approach it the clouds had thickened over the mountain and we could not even see the peak and it had become overcast and was raining. The hardest thing about a mountain is that the weather changes so quickly on its face that even minutes can make a difference. We get to the gate though and it still says 17 so we go for it! I was almost sick as we rounded the bend to 13 where I fully expected it to ...
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