14,110 ft in the sky add in dizziness and fun fun fun.
Colorado Springs Travel Blog› entry 14 of 16 › view all entries
Yesterday we drove and drove all day. We ended up in Manitou Springs, Colorado. We found a nice comfortable motel and settled in for the night. Manitou Springs is a crazy little town. There are shops and people everywhere it reminded me of Keystone, S.D. The streets were super small and I couldn’t wait to finish driving so we’d get away from the craziness.
Today we got up and headed to Pike’s Peak. We wanted to ride the Cog Railway up to the summit but b/c of Beethoven we couldn’t. So on our way we stopped at the Manitou Cave Dwellings Museum. It has some actual Anasazi houses built right into the mountain side. The dwellings were remarkable. There was a wheat wheel in one of them. My favorite part was the Indian Dances they had out in front of the dwellings. They performed three dances and all of them were incredible.
We then headed off to drive up Pike’s Peak. The elevation on the peak is 14,110 ft and it was a whopping 43* at the summit. After driving the 19 miles up we soon realized the elevation was a little much. Dad & I had a major headache and when I got out of the car I almost fell over from being dizzy. I made it to the viewing veranda and to the gift shop. It was amazing to be up that high and to see everything! After fighting my way through that we headed back down. We got stopped at a brake check point where your brake temperature couldn’t be higher than 300*. We passed one guy in a Jeep whose brakes was smoking like mad. I couldn’t believe the amount of people who were flying down the mountain like it was nothing. There’s signs posted everywhere saying to use first gear or your lowest gear when going down….somebody didn’t listennnnn! We also saw a kid on a skateboard going down the mountain. I couldn’t believe it, what kind of mad man would do that? He was doing a good job of S-ing in the lane to keep from going so fast but still I think he’s crazy!
We then headed off to Cańon City.
On another note we’re definitely ready for a change in scenery, if we have to see more rocks and hills I think we’ll vomit!