Following closely on the heels of my trip to Seattle, I flew out to Colorado for some meetings at the US Olympic Committee. The USOC is based in Colorado Springs, which is only an hour south of Denver. Naturally I took advantage of the adjacent weekend to explore the area and play with Amanda and some of her friends. It was great to see her and enjoy the mountains in early spring.
|Dawn over the plains |
(it's all downhill from here to the Mississippi)
|Orange and cinnamon French toast with fresh fruit|
|the sign speaks for itself|
On Sunday I was back in Colorado Springs for my flight home -- but the flight didn't leave until mid-afternoon, so I had time to explore Nature.
I decided to drive to the top
|Sadly, the road was closed due to snow at about 11,440 feet elevation. |
Never made it all the way to the 14,000 foot summit.
|Views from the turn-around point.|
|View of Colorado Springs from the foothills.|
"The Incline. You should definitely hike up the Incline. Except, wait. You're from the East Coast, so you'll probably die. Maybe just drive around."Of course this meant that the first thing I did after getting down from Pikes Peak was to climb the Incline at Manitou Springs. Originally a gondola ran from the center of town at Manitou Springs to the top of a nearby hill. Now, with the gondola gone, it's essentially an insane staircase of doom up which all the locals run/climb/stagger on sunny weekend mornings.
|The trail goes straight up the mountain, |
climbing 2,000 vertical feet in 0.88 miles