Pikes Peak with Claudia and Scott

Have you met Claudia at The Bookwright? No? Pop over to have a look, I’ll wait…

Claudia and her husband, Scott, live near Denver and very kindly offered to pick us up and take us to Pikes Peak for the day. Colorado has 54 “Fourteeners” and at 14,115 feet Pikes Peak is only the 31st highest! But don’t worry, there’s a road all the way up (or a cog railway) so no climbing was involved. Not only that, you can eat donuts at the top – it’s amazing that they cook at such high altitudes.

It was, as you might expect, a tad chilly – but as you can see below, we all look very happy to be there.

Not far from Pikes Peak is Garden of the Gods, a park with magnificent red sandstone rock formations, many of which are over 300 million years old. We stopped off there on the way back to Denver.

We must have behaved ourselves, because next day Claudia and Scott offered to take us out again! This time, we visited the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. The gems and minerals section was particularly impressive.

As was the Sky Terrace with its views over City Park towards the Rocky Mountains.

What an amazing two days! This was the fourth time that we have met up with fellow bloggers, and all have turned out to be lovely people. Many thanks to the wonderful Claudia and Scott for giving so generously of their time to show us around.

That’s almost it for our Summer 2016 road trip – we flew home the next day. However, we didn’t have to be at the airport until early evening so there was plenty of time for one last visit – Denver Botanic Gardens. Coming up next!

41 thoughts on “Pikes Peak with Claudia and Scott

  1. nomad, interrupted October 18, 2017 / 14:20

    Wow! I always admire your panorama shots, and these are fantastic. The Garden of the Gods and views from Pike’s Peak are fabulous. I haven’t been to Colorado in years (my mom was born there and I went as a child and then later, in my 20s), but I need to add it to my travel wish list for a redo. It’s so nice to meet a fellow blogger. I’ve met quite a number so far, and hope to keep doing so!


    • Anabel Marsh October 18, 2017 / 15:06

      Glad you popped up Cathy – I had terrible trouble trying to comment on other blogs yesterday. All my comments went phut! and disappeared as soon as I pressed submit. I attempted 3 times to comment on your latest Japan post (only the first is worth retrieving). Another blogger told me I’d been filed as spam so that’s probably where you’ll find me. Today seems fine – so far…..


        • Anabel Marsh October 18, 2017 / 17:22

          I don’t know – I hate it when something which has been working fine goes wrong with no explanation.

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  2. jazzfeathers May 6, 2017 / 09:02

    Hi Anabel! Sorry I disappeared for such a long time. The AtoZ Chalelnge took over my every free minute this year… though it was fun 😉
    And thanks so much for stopping by!

    Well, let me tell you those pics up there of the park are just breathtaking. I can’t imagine what it feels like to BE THERE!
    And it’s always so nice meeting blogging friends. It’s happened ot me only once, but it was a very nice day 🙂


    • Anabel Marsh May 6, 2017 / 09:34

      Well, I totally understand why you were busy in April! Thanks for visiting now, and thanks for tweeting too.


  3. rosemaylily2014 April 16, 2017 / 09:08

    Looks a wonderful day out Anabel – I love trips up mountains too (by cog wheel train or cable car!). Lovely to meet up with a fellow blogger too. I’ve met up with 3 now – all lovely people! 🙂 🙂


  4. BeckyB April 13, 2017 / 17:18

    what fun . . . and I’d love to have gone on that cog railway!


  5. Jessica (Diverting Journeys) April 12, 2017 / 19:34

    Pikes Peak is pretty iconic anyway, but I had no idea you could buy doughnuts at the top! Heck, I’d even be willing to do some climbing if I knew I got doughnuts at the end of it (though a cog railway is even better!).


    • Anabel Marsh April 12, 2017 / 20:01

      I dare say you could climb but the car did me just fine!


  6. Marcia Strykowski April 12, 2017 / 00:49

    Looks like a wonderful adventure. It may have been chilly, but Pikes Peak certainly looks picture perfect in your beautiful photographs. The museum sounds interesting, too!


  7. Blue Sky Scotland April 11, 2017 / 18:03

    Amazing views.. Hard to believe you can climb to that height on a train as you would think the summit would be steeper given the nature of most high mountains of a similar height elsewhere.


    • Anabel Marsh April 11, 2017 / 18:45

      Quite broad and flat at the top. Not a spiky summit!


  8. hilarymb April 11, 2017 / 12:37

    Hi Anabel – I’m just going to comment on Cynthia’s blog – she’s doing the A-Z too … but wonderful to meet up with them and for them to take time out to show you two amazing locations … lovely. Blogging friends I suspect will happily mix and match – I feel that way … cheers Hilary


    • Anabel Marsh April 11, 2017 / 13:02

      Great, hope you enjoy Claudia’s blog. She always has something interesting to say!


  9. restlessjo April 11, 2017 / 07:57

    Ooh- I’ll give Jude a nudge! I know she’s been busy 🙂 🙂 I’m just back to trying to catch up, Anabel, but I’ll make time to look at your Denver walk.
    That’s quite some enterprise from Ruth! Makes me feel like a dilettante 🙂 Thanks for the intro.


    • Anabel Marsh April 11, 2017 / 08:19

      I know, me too! Such dedication. I “joined” her somewhere in Wales so I’ve missed a lot at the beginning.

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