At The Summit

Before our recent round of wintry weather, the lack of snow on Pikes Peak made access to the summit allowable. Whether it be by cog railway or car. A few weeks ago, we made a trip to the summit. Needless to say, the view was magnificent.

facing eastward, with Colorado Springs below

 

looking towards the southeastern horizon

 

a view from under the summit house roofline

 

With a paved road surface to the summit, it has been much easier to keep the highway open during the winter months. When the road surface was gravel, the highway was closed regardless whether there was snow or not during the winter season. Also, the facilities are much better, and with more scenic overlooks arrayed around the summit house.

Visiting during the winter months requires having the proper winter outerwear when you reach the summit. The day Laurie and I visited, it was in the mid-50s (°F) in Colorado Springs and 15° F (-10° C) at the summit. And, not too many people. Make sure you have the car heater on high for most of the way. If you’re wondering, they still serve the best donuts and coffee at the summit house.

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Film Excursion: Tall, High, Majestic

A sampling of different views around Colorado.

 

The Tall –

the tall buildings of downtown Denver seen from Sakura Square

 

The High –

the view from High Drive, above the Broadmoor-Skyway section of southwest Colorado Springs

 

the view from the summit of Pikes Peak

 

the Royal Gorge Bridge, west of Canon City

 

The Majestic –

the clouds coming over a ridge line on Pikes Peak

 

the former Holy Cross Abbey, east of Canon City

 

About the photos

The first photo was taken with a Kodak APS camera using FujiFilm APS film (ASA 400). The remaining photos were taken with the Canon FTb 35 mm SLR using Kodacolor film (ASA 200).

On The Road, Again

Last week, photos from a late afternoon business trip were posted. Two weeks later, a follow-up trip was made. A few photos from that trip …

northbound on I-25, with Pikes Peak in the background

 

westbound on US 24, Pikes Peak is more prominent in the background

 

Pikes Peak with hardly any snow cover in late December 2010

 

the outskirts of Bust, CO, a “town” just west of Cascade

 

passing through Bust, CO

 

higher terrain above US 24

 

continuing west on US 24

 

unlike the curves on the lower portion of Ute Pass, these curves are far more gentler

 

entering an S-curve

 

the outskirts of Woodland Park

 

leaving Woodland Park

 

the ferris wheel at the North Pole

 

the forest grows right to the edge of the road

 

in the morning shadows

 

warning sign as the road becomes winding

 

in the winding, lower portion of Ute Pass with an old railroad tunnel above the road

 

Like before, if you’re wondering, someone else was driving while I was taking pictures.

 

About the photos

These photos were taken using the HP Photosmart E317 digital camera.

On The Road

Two years ago, a late afternoon business trip to Woodland Park, west of Colorado Springs, was made. A few photos from the short drive …

west bound on US 24, just west of Manitou Springs

 

further west on US 24, the fence on the right shoulder is to reduce rocks falling onto the roadway

 

the flat portion just above the highway is the old railroad bed

 

one of many curves as US 24 winds through Ute Pass

 

a short straightaway before another curve

 

entering the town of Cascade

 

road sign indicating the direction to Pikes Peak and the North Pole (Santa)

 

at the client’s office in Woodland Park, the view of Pikes Peak

 

Locally, this is one of the nicest drives. It can be challenging with a series of S-curves driving through the lower portion, more so when rain slickened or icy. And, if you’re wondering, someone else was driving while I was taking pictures.

 

About the photos

These photos were taken using the HP Photosmart E317 digital camera.

Film Excursion – At the Summit

One of the places I like to take the visiting relatives is to the summit of Pikes Peak. The view from 14,110 feet in elevation is breathtaking.

at the summit, Pikes Peak

summit view, Pikes Peak

Looking to the west, the mountain ranges that form the spine of the Colorado Rockies can be seen. To the northeast, on a clear day, Denver. To the east, the vast plains leading to Kansas. Much closer, you can see Woodland Park and Colorado Springs below. Look above, the clouds are so close – close enough to touch.

Additional views from Pikes Peak …

at timberline, Pikes Peak

at timberline, Pikes Peak

USOC Honor Roll

the US Olympic Committee Roll of Honor, Pikes Peak summit

the drive to the summit begins here

 

And, yes, you will pass Santa’s workshop on your way.

 

About the photos

These photos were taken with the Canon FTb 35 mm SLR. Film: Kodak Gold, ASA 200