After returning from the UK, we headed south to the Cheyenne Mountain State Park in Colorado Springs.  Beautiful sunrises and mild weather were a warm welcome after progressively colder and colder days in Bath.  We hiked, rested, cooked at home, drove up Pike’s Peak (but were stopped at 13,000 feet due to ice and snow) and accidentally visited the Penrose Heritage Museum while returning to The Broadmoor.  At the Penrose Museum (no affiliation with The Broadmoor), we met the kindest and most knowledgeable docent, who walked us through the history of the Pike’s Peak International Hill Climb and the winners (and losers) since the first race in 1916.  Fascinating!  I’m so sorry I waited so long to write the post because we’ve forgotten his name (I believe it may have been Ernie), but he was wonderful and made the visit to the museum such a special memory.  Driving up Pike’s Peak, one of the “famous fourteeners” (because it is 14,000 feet high), made the drive to Mt. St. Helens seem like a leisurely cruise with nearly no terrifying turns whatsoever.

 

 

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