Pike's Peak is what Coloradans call a "Fourteener", meaning that the summit is over 14,000 feet in altitude. The view from the summit of Pike's Peak inspired the song "America the Beautiful, and the line "Purple mountain's majesty."
|View of Pike's Peak|
|It was snowing at the top and the winds were very high so we weren't allow to reach the summit|
|There was a park ranger making sure no cars continued up to the peak|
|We hung around the parking lot in the hopes the summit would open but we had no luck that day|
|Everyone loved seeing this sign|
|Bigfoot's foot print|
This lake is one of the reservoirs that provides the water supply for Colorado Springs. Colorado Springs itself is in a semi-arid environment, so capturing the snowmelt in the springtime is essential for the city to have enough water. As in most parts of the West, water is a scarce resource--my husband likes to say "Whiskey is for drinking. Water is for fighting over."
It was a very cold and blustery day but the sun was shining a it was such a great day to be out and exploring the area.