Saturday, October 29, 2016

Pumpkin patch 2016

Since our oldest was the age of 2, it has been our family tradition to visit a pumpkin patch each autumn (at least one!).  Over the years we have picked pumpkins and taken hay rides in Arkansas, Alabama, North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, and now Colorado.  So many wonderful memories and pictures come from each trip.  This year we found a patch about an hour away called Diana's Pumpkin Patch.  In addition to the usual pumpkin picking and corn crib, this patch had a unique corn maze to explore.

Our pumpkin booty!

Captain America joined us at the patch :-)

Culver's - our favorite custard stop -  sponsored the maze this year.

Bird's eye view of the maze.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Ride up to Pike's Peak

In Colorado, fall comes earlier than us southerners are accustomed to.  The leaves began changing in late September, so while our family was here for a visit we headed up the summit of Pike's Peak (by vehicle) to get a closer look at the foliage and the incredible view from 14,000+ feet.  Here are several pictures from our journey to the peak!

Legendary cog railway.  Departs from Manitou Springs and rides a cog railway up the mountain, then returns back down to Manitou, for a fee.

Temperature was below freezing near the peak!

Pike's Peak was first spotted by LT Zebulon Pike in 1806.  Many other explorers had come upon this massive mountain before and Indians dwelled in its foothills long before this time.  But its name is credited to Pike.  Right place, right time.
It was from atop Pike's Peak that "America, the Beautiful" was penned, first as a poem and later set to music.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Garden of the gods

With family in town for a visit, we've been taking this opportunity to soak up the beauty of these mountains.  A trip to Garden of the gods did not disappoint!  For a quick perspective check on how big God is and how small we are...take a look...

Cheyenne Mountain State Park