Nature Redoux

It was a mountain-filled weekend, which is my favorite kind. As a result, the knitting and quilting projects got short shrift, but there will be enough time in the evenings this week to work on those.

As I mentioned yesterday, my husband, having been cooped up two weekends in a row doing our taxes, needed to get out of the house. So, when Sunday morning turned out to be gorgeous weather, we decided on a drive to the mountains. On Saturday night, I bought myself a fancy-pants new camera so this also gave us a chance to try that out.

We loaded the Westies in the car and set off. We’d only been to Pike’s Peak once before, and that time the road was closed for the Pike’s Peak Hill Climb, which sounds like a very interesting event. (More on that here on wikipedia, in case you’re interested: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pikes_Peak_International_Hill_Climb)

I didn’t realize it was such a steep incline – it’s a 10% grade for most of the way, which doesn’t sound like much but is apparently enough to overheat many cars. We did fine on the way up but on the way down, we failed the complimentary brake temperature check and got to cool our heals at the ranger station for a while until the brakes cooled down.

Pike’s Peak, like all of Colorado’s 14’ers (mountains over 14,000 feet), has several different types of ecosystems, and it’s interesting to see them change as you go up.

Below the treeline, you see a lot of pines and rock outcroppings, like this one.

Below the treeline. This was probably about 8,000 feet.

The Westies were having a blast; they love to ride in the car but especially love it when we get out to explore.

Westies are true mountain dogs. Bred to chase vermin in the hills in Scotland, these pups love to climb rocks.

Higher up, you start to see some stunning panoramic views of the pines and the snowcaps.

Getting close to the top of the treeline. This was at about 11,000 feet, the treeline ends at about 12,000 here.

Eventually we rose above the timberline and it started to look more like a rocky moonscape.

Above the treeline, it's very rocky and the air is quite thin.

But the view is gorgeous…like literally being on the top of the world.

The view from the top. Literally.

And of course, we had to take the obligatory tourist photo…

Pike's Peak 2012. Yay!

We also ate our very first Fourteener donut because yes, they do have a donut shop at the top. I can’t say it was the best I’ve ever had, but hey, getting anything to rise at that altitude has to be a challenge.

It was a great weekend. The Westies must have really enjoyed it because they’ve been sleeping ever since. Hope you all had a great weekend too.

About the photos: I’m not much of a photographer but I’m hoping to improve on that. Needless to say, the images on this site are (c) 2012 Mardee Brosh. If you’d like to use one, please drop me a note at mardee.brosh@gmail.com. Unless you have nefarious purposes in mind, I can almost guarantee that I’ll let you use them if you ask nicely. (And seriously, who is going to find nefarious purposes for a bunch of Westie pictures? That would take more imagination than I have, that’s for sure).

P.S. Did I mention we saw Bigfoot? He sends hugs and kisses to everyone…

Bigfoot sends his love.

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One thought on “Nature Redoux

  1. Dana says:

    Nice to hear you had a wonderful weekend. Thanks for sharing your photos. Makes one wish they were there. Don’t sell yourself short as you did a great job with the photos.

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