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July 4, 2005:  Independence Day at Pikes Peak, Colorado

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I headed east to Colorado Springs this past weekend to spend the 4th of July holiday with some friends in the beauty of the Rocky Mountains.

Bud and I decided there was no more patriotic place to spend the day than at the summit of Pikes Peak, where Katherine Lee Bates penned “America the Beautiful” in 1893.

Here are some pictures of our trip up the world-famous Pikes Peak Highway...

The entrance to the park

On the lookout for Bigfoot

Our first glimpse of the Peak

The view of the Peak’s north side from one of the many reservoirs
 

A mountain lake

Reaching Timberline

At the Timberline

Bud watches an approaching thunderstorm
 

An alpine meadow

Alpine meadow

At the bottomless pit

Looking into the bottomless pit

The road becomes dirt

A lone skier celebrates the day on the slopes
 

Nearing the switchbacks that lead to the summit

Traffic on the switchbacks

The summit is in sight

Some visitors ride the cog railway to the top

The view north
 

The rocky summit of Pikes Peak

View of Colorado Springs to the east

Catching my
breath...there’s very little air up there!

The view west

“America the Beautiful”

Bud on the summit