On Top of the World at Pikes Peak

As an aspiring travel writer, I not only have bucket lists for the entire world, but also an extensive list of my current residency.  Atop my Colorado bucket list sits Pikes Peak and previous to my Cog Railway excursion, I considered spending a long weekend to camp and hike up this mountainous expedition.  However, a group of New York actors who want to explore life beyond their concrete jungle, quickly change my mind as they invite me along their journey up the peak.

Cog Rail 3 copy

We begin at the train station, where one of my companions, Felix, and I dig through a bin of knitted animal hats.  I settle on a koala hat while Felix continues to weigh his options before settling on a mighty buffalo.  Once we board the train, our guide quickly tells us the history of Pike’s Peak in a booming auctioneer voice, eager to entertain us (although I don’t know if it’s for his benefit or ours).  The higher we climb the more leaves change from green to gold and the more barren branches and tree limbs become.  The hour-and-a-half train ride hardly seems long at all as we approach the station.  As we scramble to leave, our guide reminds us that if we miss the train down, we cannot get on a later train and must hike all the way down.

Pikes Peak

As I exit the train, I immediately begin to feel the wind and the extreme biting cold.  I shake in my newly purchased koala hat and stay outside for a few photographs until I can no longer survive and have to run inside the station.  Felix eagerly throws his hands up in the air as he experiences the scenery around him while the rest of our group sits and walks among the orange snow-covered rocks quietly observing the mountains.  Being on top of the world brings everything into perspective as I begin to realize how much smaller I am compared to the rest of the world.  We are constantly consumed by how big our problems seem, but in a place like this all I can see is how little my worries are with endless mountains to the west and rolling sandy flat lands to the east.

Pike's Peak

The ride down the mountain and back to Denver fills with conversations in Spanish as I quietly listen to my traveling cohorts.  Everyone is enthusiastic to explore the small thrift shops that line Manitou Springs and find just about any antique can be of value; perhaps with a better paycheck I might have gone home with a nice pair of floral cowgirl boots. However, I find that nothing of monetary value is what brings me enjoyment here as I recall the laughter and stories in the car ride home.

This post is a part of ABC Wednesday and Scenic Weekends.

ABC Wednesdays 18

12 Comments

  1. Melody62

    Wonderful foto’s / scenery

    Have a nice abc-wednesday-day / – week
    ♫ M e l ☺ d y ♫ (abc-w-team)

  2. readerwil

    You are a good writer, who describes this journey in such a way that I had the feeling I was there on the cold roof of the world. I could actually hear the howling wind and feel it in my face!
    Thanks!
    Wil, ABCWTeam.

  3. Su-sieee! Mac

    What a cool trip you described. I’d like to take the train up to Pike’s Peak, and definitely take it back down again.

    • brooklyntvlasich

      I hope you get the opportunity to. I was glad I got to experience Pike’s Peak before I left Colorado.

  4. Roger Green

    Sounds exciting! I love the train!
    ROG, ABCW

    • brooklyntvlasich

      It was quite the adventure, Roger! I’m so glad I got the opportunity to go all the way to the top.

  5. bettyl - NZ

    What a wonderful way to experience the top of the mountain! Your photos are awesome.

    • brooklyntvlasich

      Thank you for complimenting my photos. The views were spectacular and I was eager to capture such spectacular scenery.

  6. Gemma Wiseman

    Such glorious views and love the train which seems to add to the excitement of the adventure.

    • brooklyntvlasich

      The views from Pikes Peak are like nowhere else I’ve been. I’m glad you enjoyed them too! Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

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