9.30.2012

LOOKING AT LEAVES... FROM THE TOP OF PIKES PEAK

Every fall driving around and looking at leaves is a must, especially here in Colorado.  This past weekend, we wanted to do just that, but couldn't decide where to go.  We didn't want to go too far but we also wanted to go someplace that would be worth it.

Fast forward a few hours and before we knew it, we were on top of Pikes Peak.  Yep, we drove up the Pikes Peak Highway and ended up at an elevation of 14,000 feet, higher than any aspen tree even grows.  The drive up was beautiful and it was the perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon.







This view was breathtaking - Pikes Peak, the aspens and a snowstorm rolling in.






Due to said snowstorm, the road was closed for about an hour, but we waited patiently and then headed on up once it reopened.  It's amazing how quickly the weather rolls through when you're that high up.



Snow and little pools of water just above timberline.



On top of the world!  At the summit, it was a balmy 16 degrees and given the fact that we randomly decided to make the drive right after church and didn't have coats, we pretty much sprinted inside, grabbed a few world famous donuts and sprinted back to the car.  I did manage to snap a few pictures at the top though.















Just for fun, I thought it would be kind of neat to snap a picture looking back up at Pikes Peak when we got back home.  There we were!