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 theyย 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 flewย 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!


37 thoughts on “Pikes Peak with Claudia and Scott

  1. Debbie H April 10, 2017 / 11:16

    It’s always fun to meet up with fellow bloggers. I’m glad to read that you behaved yourselves!


  2. ms6282 April 10, 2017 / 11:50

    14 thousand feet! Make our mountains seem like tiddlers!


  3. Ellen April 10, 2017 / 12:13

    I’ve always enjoyed meeting up with blogging buddies. How fun that you got to hook up with Claudia and her hubby and go on an interesting excursion. Especially one that involved donuts ๐Ÿ™‚


    • Anabel Marsh April 10, 2017 / 12:50

      Donuts are always good! And very impressive at high altitude.


  4. susan@onesmallwalk April 10, 2017 / 14:59

    Blogging meet-ups are such fun. I am putting Denver on the itinerary for a road trip in the coming year – and you’ve added a bunch to what we must see. Thanks – Susan


  5. Liesbet April 10, 2017 / 15:48

    A double win: meeting fellow bloggers and locals to show you around. Those are the best tour guides! Beautiful views!


  6. Birgit April 10, 2017 / 17:27

    This looks like a great place for a western! I’m glad you didn’t hike up to that mountain peak. I would like to take the cog railway. It’s always nice to meet a fellow blogger. It looks like you had a great time. The minerals-is that a ruby?? The spiky ones-what are they…just crystals or sapphire??


    • Anabel Marsh April 10, 2017 / 18:02

      Yes, we had fun too, didn’t we? I don’t know what the spiky mineral is but the red one is rhodochrosite (I think – that’s the caption we photographed!)


  7. Donna April 10, 2017 / 17:43

    Meeting with a fellow blogger, brilliant peak views without the climb, and donuts at the top…what’s not to love?!! Thanks for sharing Claudia’s site…I look forward to reading more of her posts!


  8. claudiabookwright April 10, 2017 / 21:15

    Thank you for your kind words. Next time y’all come to Colorado, I’ll have two good knees and we can actually do some hiking. Scott and I enjoyed your visit tremendously. Plus I love the doughnuts they make on Pike’s Peak.


    • Anabel Marsh April 10, 2017 / 22:02

      You’ll have to get rid of that man first! Not the delightful Scott – you know who I mean ๐Ÿ˜‰

      We loved our time with you too, it was such a great end to our vacation.


  9. Ann Coleman April 11, 2017 / 00:45

    Our family vacationed in Colorado Springs once and had a terrific time! We didn’t do Pike’s Peak (my husband is terrified of heights, so that wasn’t even an option), but we loved The Cave of the Winds and The Garden of the Gods. We both drove through it and rode horses through it, which gave us a different perspective. It was just beautiful!


  10. Retirementallychallenged.com April 11, 2017 / 02:33

    Blogger meet-ups are so much fun! It’s so nice that they showed you around too – nothing better than to have a local as a guide!


  11. restlessjo April 11, 2017 / 07:57

    Ooh- I’ll give Jude a nudge! I know she’s been busy ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ 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 ๐Ÿ™‚ 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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  12. 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!


  13. 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!


  14. 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!


  15. 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!


  16. BeckyB April 13, 2017 / 17:18

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


  17. 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! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚


  18. 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 ๐Ÿ˜‰
    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 ๐Ÿ™‚


    • 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.


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