Econo Lodge Downtown
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... out significant natural features of the mountain.
The cog railroad climbs at an amazingly steep 25% grade, which is six times greater than the steepest grade found on typical railroads. This is possible because the cog train uses a cog or gear engaged to a continuously toothed third rail to literally pull itself forward. It was a smooth journey – slow and steady – that allowed us to oohh and aahh along the way.
As we gained elevation, the low cloud ...
... area in layer after of layer of mud, ash and stone, compressing the previous layers into rock and trapping leaves, insects, fish and other life forms between the rock layers
resulting in what we know today as fossils. Unfortunately we were unable to actually go into the fossil beds, as they are protected and reserved for research, but some are on display in the visitor’s center. There were also red wood tree stumps ...
... steep grade up the hill. The train will take us up to an alpine zone so we are told the temperature can be 30 degrees Fahrenheit cooler at the top. This area is above the tree line and this is evident as we look up the mountain to the treeless top.
... affects of the altitude a little - either that or i was just dehydrated... Either way it wasn't a bother. Went into the shop and bought a few bits and bobs, including the WORLD FAMOUS PIKES PEAK CHOCOLATE COVERED DOUGHNUTS!!! Not sure what all the hype is about... They don't taste that great, in fact they taste like swedish peppakaka (?spelling). Oh well.. we also bought some maple fudge, which we found out later is very ...
... hill in first gear. On the way down it was slow going too, so glad we had the Brake Buddy hooked up. The night in Alamosa was interesting to say the least. We spent the night at the local Walmart and for a small town they have an awful lot of diesel pick-up trucks and it seems like they all went to Walmart last night. At 11:00 it ...