- Nada and Doug
- Welcome to the travels of Doug and Nada. We love the Lord and are traveling full-time in our motorhome with our German Shepherd, Homer. Homer is the star attraction wherever we stop and he gets us talking and sharing with many people. DON'T FORGET: YOU CAN ENLARGE EACH PHOTO BY CLICKING ON THE PHOTO! The newest blog post is at the top and they go back in time as you scroll down. If you want to see each photo larger, you can just click on the photo and it will enlarge. If you decide to leave a comment, don't forget to sign it so we know who left it. ;-) Folks: This site is under continual construction as we travel and see this beautiful country. Check back for more updates and photos. Thanks for visiting with us! May God bless your day!
Monday, September 28, 2009
Pikes Peak - Cog Railway
Today dawned bright and clear - perfect for our trip on the cog railway to the top of Pikes Peak - 14,000+ feet. The air was
thin and caused us more problems with altitude sickness. The first photo is our train at the top of the mountain. I thought I'd put it in here out of order so you could see what the train looked like. Its engine was 4 Cummins Diesel 500 engines. They used 70 gallons going 9 miles. In the second photo we are on the train waiting for departure and Doug is talking with Josh on the phone. He has that talent for calling at unusual times!
When we were almost at the top (notice the snow - it was 29 degrees on top), our train slowed down and passed two folks with a lama. We found out that this lama had been loose for over a month and they were trying to catch it since lamas are domesticated and it would not survive the winter on its own on the mountain. Fox News had an interesting article about the lama rescue. The other photos are scenes from the top of Pikes Peak looking down on Colorado Springs.
When we got off the train at the top, we discovered our friends, Bob and Susan Jacobson, from MA who had driven to the top. They had their cute little dog with them who was not liking the heights at all. They took our photo in front of the sign and we took their photo. Then we hopped the train back to the bottom. We came across the herd of Rocky Mountain Sheep shortly after leaving the top. Oh, I forgot to explain the colorful plaque. It is for America the Beautiful - composed on the mountain by Katherine Bates after she rode a wagon to the top in the late 1800's.