Purple Mountains Majesty

Trip Start Jan 06, 2011
Trip End May 24, 2011

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Flag of United States  , Colorado
Monday, February 21, 2011

Oh Beautiful for spacious skies
For amber wves of grain
For purple mountains majesty
above the fruted plain.

America, America
God shed His grace on thee.
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!

What was it that Katharine Lee Bates saw that inspired her to write this poem that later became the ever-so popular song?  It was Pike's Peak.  Not the one in Pennsilvania, nor the one in Texas. Though they were named for the same man, James Pike, they pale in comparison to the peak that stands over Colorado Springs, CO. 

While in town, Mike and I decided to take the Pike's Peak Cog Railway up the mountain.  Being winter, the train does not go up to the summit, but only about 2/3 the way.  This trip did include Inspiration Point, where Katharine Lee Bates got the inspiration for her poem.  But, even being 2/3 the price of the full trip, it did not seem worth the money and time to us.  We never made it above the tree line, and so there was not much to see besides very tall trees and very big rocks.  There was one clearing near Inspiration Point that, were you forutnate enough to be on the correct side of the train, you'd get a good view of the valley below.  But honestly, we've seen better views from our van window.

Mom Domeny made the good point, as Michael recounted this dissappointment to her, that with all the sights we see, and all the places we've gone, it is hard to impress us much anymore. Not everyone on that train was disappointed with what they saw. Sadly, I think it's true.  Even the Grand Canyon last Spring lacked the awe inspiring "WOW" factor we had anticipated.  We're almost desensitized to grandeur.  

Oh well.  While I wouldn't recommend anyone ever go up Pike's Peak in the winter, I bet it would still be a pretty cool sight from the summit in summer.  Perhaps if life finds us back here at a future, warmer, time, after we've not traveled for a while and sightseeing isn't such a normal occurance - we too may once again climb Pike's Peak and find Inspiration Point, a little more... inspiring. 
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