We saw the billboards for this while driving and decided that playing tourist would be worth it, because we sure as heck were not going to drive up Pike’s Peak. A train ride seemed like a much more exciting ride up the mountain especially after the whole South Mountain fiasco
So we booked the tickets, and the following day we were on the first train ride out to the peak.
I was exhausted from being sick, already a week of travel, not packing enough warm clothing and driving, so the fact that the ride was gentle and relaxing was wonderful.
I sleepily took pictures of the views from the train, the trip lasts a little over three hours, and you spend some time at the peak (more on this later)
I sadly can’t remember a lot of what was said, (like I said I was exhausted) but I can tell you that we went through multiple terrains and each terrains was beautiful in it’s own way.
I later learned that not much grows at the peak, because it is so cold. (it was negative 10 when we were there!!! )
The trip had great views, and some fun photos ops, had I wrote this within the month of getting back I would probably have more details, but the one detail I can tell you is that it is worth the ride. If you are ever in the area I recommend you book a trip. It is a great day trip for you locals. You can find all the information about the railway here
Fair warning though, the top is horribly cold. (AGAIN it was NEGATIVE 10 !!!) That is what I will share with you hopefully tomorrow, until then,
When I saw this sign I laughed. What person was lazy enough to not even come up with an original name for an area, then it dawned on me. No Name is kinda original. I think who ever “discovered” this place, realized that it has a very unique beauty that is hard to name… at least that is what I told myself. 🙂
We had to pull over for a quick rest, and I was able to snag a few pictures of the area. There really is not much to say about this place except that it was very pretty, and I later learned you can see the sign I saw in the movie Vanishing Point.
While driving to work this morning I was thinking about my next post and I realized it would be another Welcome Center Post, and then the thought occurred to me that I might have a problem.
My name is Jennifer and I have an addiction to Welcome Centers.
Seriously, every time I road trip I get excited about a new welcome center, just last week I stopped at the Mississippi Welcome Center (more on that in the future) and determined it to be probably the most photogenic welcome centers I have ever been too.
I think it is because every state has their own character and charm, and the welcome center rest stops are always a way to see that.
I have posted about other state’s welcome centers in the past and today it is time to add another to the list.
I loved Colorado’s Welcome Center, it was the typical Welcome to “Our State” sort of situation, but what made this center unique is it had a memorial dedicated to those veterans from Colorado who lost their life in Vietnam, and as I have major respect for anyone in the military and what they sacrifice, it made me smile, as I feel we can’t honor our military enough.
So today my friends I give you the Colorado Welcome Center, I also should mention this is also on Roadside America, so you know it has to be pretty awesome. (I do want to note that I am not 100% if this memorial is associated with the center or not, but it is right next door to the building so I am under the assumption it is)
Here are a few of the pics from the visit:
If you want to see if for yourself it is located at
I really wanted to hike to the Delicate Arch, and get some funny shots underneath it, but thanks to getting sick I was unable to hike (it is considered a true hike, not a stroll) the 3-ish hours it would have taken to get to the arch and back.
So we decided to take the “short” trail to see the arch from a distance.
Not only was I sick… I am seriously out of shape, but I blamed it on the altitude 😉 I am from Texas after all we can do that.
It started off pretty easy, just walk on a nice trail in the cool breeze,
Then we came to these stairs
and then to this hill that I swear to you was straight up.
After I stopped breathing hard, and my heart rate went back down to non heart attack levels, I took in the view…
and, let’s just say, the view was worth all that… and I really wish I could have hiked the actual hike and oddly enough I didn’t feel so sick…
Here are a few of the pictures…
Have you ever hiked the actual Delicate Arch Hike?
If you ever make it to Arches National Park, it is a must do, and I will be back to do it!