Sunday, July 26, 2009

Pikes Peak Definitely on the Final List

We have tried to get to Pikes Peak on our other vacations but haven't made it yet. Last year there was snow in the Colorado mountains and we decided to take a safer route since we were in the Z3 and had no snow tires. Maybe if we had gone early in the vacation it would have worked out so It will be the first major stop this time around.

Pikes peak is more than 14,000 feet high and was the inspiration for the words "purple mountains majesty", in the song, America The Beautiful and many other songs. It is Americas Mountain. There is a road and you can drive to the summit or take the cog railway to the top where you can enjoy something warm to drink, as well as, flavored oxygen.

We will make it this time.

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Friday, July 24, 2009


My husband and I have previously taken two roadtrips lasting over two weeks each and are planning another in late September. It's time to try to figure out where we might go and how we'll get there.

My husband, Randy, doesn't really get involved in the planning stage except to ask once in a while where we are going. He does, however tend to get in a rut easily. For example, on our first trip, Arches National Park was top priority. He loved it so much and had such an enjoyable time that now he wants to go back every year. We did go back...on the last trip. Now he wants to go again. He wants to plan a guided 4WD back country adventure...hey that sounds like fun...and we do love it there. OK i'll put it on the list.

Potential places:

Arches National Park, Utah

Crater Lake, Oregon

Olympia National Park

Yosemite/Kings Canyon/Sequoia, California

Glacier National Park, Montana

Jet boating in Hells Canyon, Idaho

Thats a short list but I will add to it as I research places to see and things to do.

We are taking the camper this year. We took it the first time and then last year we took the Z3. We really did miss the camper. It's nice to have all you need in the comforts of your own camper and there is so much more room.

The camper will need new tires and a canopy for the slide out before we go.

It's a start.

Happy Trails