Like I said at the end of the last post, we spent Monday night in Colorado Springs, Colorado. What I didn't mention was that the motel we stayed in was almost in the shadow of Pike's Peak. In case you don't know about Pike's Peak, I'll tell you...
Back in 1904, Katharine Lee Bates saw this beautiful mountain and was inspired to write a song you may have heard of.. "America The Beautiful." (I stole this picture from hubby.)
We left from there and headed down to Pueblo because we had seen on the map there was a gorge nearby. It was the Royal Gorge, and here are some pictures from there..
After that it was our plan to cut across the mountains "real quick like" and work our way into Utah to visit Canyonlands National Park, then head up towards Salt Lake. That didn't go as planned. For one thing, you can't just cut across the mountains "real quick like." Especially if you're not on an Interstate highway.
The road we took went up as high as 11,300 feet.. and every foot of it was turning this way or that, horseshoe curves, etc. with the speed limit being a very generous 35 MPH. It took almost three hours to only go about 85 miles. I was driving that leg and didn't take any pictures. I pulled over a few times so hubby could though, and he will be posting his pictures soon on Mike's Place.
It was late by the time we hit Grand Junction and even though we were within spitting distance of Utah (a state hubby hasn't been to yet) we decided to scrap the plans for going there and head back home instead. We went through Denver around midnight.
Of course we didn't go straight home. But you'll read about that next time.