06.15.15 – Part Two – The Chauvin’s take on Pike’s Peak!

20150615_145045 20150615_145057Part Two – Pikes Peak – Monday, June 15, 2015

Two of Roy’s panoramic pictures are above. Click on the panoramic pictures (and any other picture) to see them full size.  Then just click the back button to come back to the blog.

At the Summit, we also ventured out at a different spot, as close to the edge as we could like two crazy old folks.  This involved walking through snow and rocks (large and small) to get there.  The views were amazing even with clouds covering some of the area.  We were the only folks there for much of the time which was nice.  The young folks we did see were just be-bopping along over the rocks and through the snow.  Boots was parked near us and is in one of the pictures.  That boy sure gets around!

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20150615_132140 20150615_133427 20150615_13350320150615_133655Now for our ride down the mountain. There are stops along the way up and down to visit gift shops, use the restrooms, see specific beautiful views and opportunities for exploring the areas through hiking.  We took advantage of all that (except hiking!) which made the whole experience even better!  The driving was quite different from every day driving, as on the way down Roy stayed in 1st gear most of the time and on the way up he went from 2nd to 1st a lot and used quite a bit of gas.

Roy left our mark in the snow. Look closely it says CHAUVIN at the bottom of the snow!

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The ride down was totally different than the ride up.  It became very dark and cloudy as we were getting ready to leave the Summit.  Being in the clouds as they turn dark is quite eerie and kind of interesting to see. On the way down it began lightening and raining and then came the hail.  We pulled off to the side in a camping area where hail quickly gathered on the ground and on our windshield.  It let up after a while and we continued on our way down going through a lot of fog (maybe clouds).  A sign warned us of loose gravel on the road and there was quite a lot of it as we got closer to the end of the road.  Roy is an amazingly focused driver and I was very thankful for that yesterday.

We are planning to go back up Pike’s Peak on Friday on the COG Railway so Roy will be relieved of driving duty and we’ll see the mountain from a different view.  Can’t wait till then!

I’ve just finished going through almost 400 photos and selecting 100+ of them to share with you over two blog posts. Roy learned how to take panoramic pictures with our cameras so I’ll be including more of those as we go along. I know the amount of pictures are too much, but I don’t want to leave anything out!

It’s 7:30 pm here and after this long day, going through the photos and writing this I’m heading to bed to recover before tomorrow’s adventures.  I’ll post the blog and pictures tomorrow, Tuesday,when I’ve recovered a bit!!

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06.15.15 The Chauvin’s take on Pike’s Peak!!

10448807_10152579783948945_2726474839096275761_nMonday, June 15, 2015 –  Today Roy and I took on something I wasn’t sure we’d be able to complete.  We drive in Boots (our truck) up the 19 mile journey to the top of Pike’s Peak which is at an elevation of 14,110 feet.  I knew, of course, we could do it in our car (absolutely not hiking) but I was very concerned about altitude sickness and we did great with that, not a problem!

I don’t have a vocabulary big enough to describe all we saw and the beauty of it.  When God created the Earth I’m pretty sure He thought something like “Maybe I’ll create a little Heaven here on Earth and put it in Colorado!!”

Because of the abundance of pictures I’ll separate this into two blog posts.  Please remember that I post a lot more pictures than you may want to see but I do it for us for our memories.  We are saving a lot of these on our computer in a separate folder for screen savers.  Feel free to save any you’d like to do the same thing with.

To say we were two happy old folks ALL DAY isn’t saying enough about how much we loved this! Around every corner was another breathtaking view.  Us little Louisiana folks from the flat lands were deeply moved by the mountains, clouds, snow, boulders, and pine trees. The pictures directly below are from our drive up the mountain.  Yes the first one is a sign saying Pikes Peak Highway AND North Pole.  There is a North Pole here with lots of Christmas rides and shops.  We stopped there on our way home and found out it is free for folks 60 and over.  That’s us so we’ll be visiting there one day soon.  It is $12 per person to enter the Pike’s Peak Highway.

20150615_110643 20150615_111846 20150615_112307 20150615_112345 20150615_112419 20150615_112501 20150615_114002 20150615_115348This is where I started squealing when we started seeing snow!  The temperatures dropped over the trip upward to the summit and were in the low 30s by the time we reached the top.  20150615_115610 20150615_115814 20150615_120006 20150615_120021 20150615_120040 20150615_120211 20150615_120245 20150615_120252 20150615_120425 20150615_120443 20150615_120551 20150615_120707 20150615_120713 20150615_120902 20150615_121050https://rosalynandroy.files.wordpress.com/2015/06/20150615_121050.jpg 20150615_121246 20150615_121309 20150615_121521When we reached the Summit of Pike’s Peak we were well above the clouds and above many of the surrounding mountains with snow on top.  Going from looking up at mountains to being above the mountains looking down is such a change in perspectives, it’s exhilarating!

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