Rocky Mountains - Reminising of Home

Trip Start Jun 01, 2005
Trip End Jan 14, 2006

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Wednesday, October 5, 2005

Arrived in Denver on Wed 5th October and instantly noticed the difference in climate here. No more muggy days, beautiful blue skys, crisp evenings, warm sun through the day........ much like South Otago!! haha. Denver even suprised me with a nice flutter of snow!

After being in Denver for 4 days I headed over to Colorado Springs to spend time with a friend from camp, Laura. I thought I was going to only stay for a few days but I ended up staying almost two weeks there...... it is such a beautiful area. The city is right beside the rocky mountains and there are heaps of touristy things to do, so it was only right that I did them! Laura had to work so I would drop her off at work in the morning and take her car for the day. First day I went to 'The gardens of the Gods', which is a magnificant display of red rocks having been push up out of the earth (see the pictures). The next day I went out to the base of pikes peak and caught a cog train that took us up to the top of the peak, 14,000 feet up... yes that is quite high on the altitude scale and if you don't drink enough water you can find you get a headache and start to shake a bit - I ditched the headache and went straight to the shaky stage! The train took over an hour to get up there and from the top there was an absolutely magnificant view!

Over the next week I visited 'The world rodeo hall of fame', 'The Seven Falls', 'The Cave of the Winds' and I tried to go see this big gorge place but I got lost and ended up in a town called Cripple Creek, which has the most pokie machines I have ever seen for a small town, at this point I had to head back to pick up Laura so I never made it to the gorge.

All was going well till Friday, that is when I managed to have a minor car accident. Changing lanes a little too late a guy scraped pass me on the right hand side of the car. The car I was driving wasn't affected too much and his car had indicator light come loose but regardless he decided to call the cops and I was slapped with a $90 fine!! Blimin americans! I managed to avoid crying in front of the guy who hit me and the police lady (who I must say was very appologtic that the whole incident happened and she wished me a happy stay in the states), but was pretty shaky driving from then on.

I have only another week left in the States before I head to Sth America, so I can guarantee there will be some good stories from down there.

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