Pike’s Peak and Valley of the Gods

It was a two day three night Colorado getaway for my girlfriend Laura and me. We managed to

view from rear cabin of passenger jet while at the gate.
The sun sets as we arrive in Denver after a bumpy flight.

do all the “must-see” attractions and visit with some of Laura’s extended family in the Denver area.


The must-see attractions were all in the Colorado Springs area.



  • Pike’s Peak (We made it to the summit in our rented Sentra)
  • Garden of the Gods (We saw mountain goats in the wild.)
  • Manitou Cliff Dwellings (The gift shop was more significant than the cliff dwellings.)
  • The National Museum of World War II Aviation.

I don’t know where we will go on our next vacation, but I’m sure there will be a Wal-Mart nearby. Thankfully, the branch near the Air Force Academy was a place to get stuff that was difficult to pack.

The summit of Pike’s Peak was windy and a bit chilly. I more than Laura was feeling the effects of the thin air. I had a slight headache, my legs were weak, and all I wanted to do was sit down. Even so, Pikes National Forest was the highlight of our trip.

I liked the Garden of the Gods, but we didn’t have enough time to enjoy it. All we did was a quick drive through it.

At the Museum of World War II Aviation, we arrived just in time to get a guided tour.  Both Laura and I forgot to bring our camera’s on tour, so we didn’t get any pictures to remember it by.

Our flight out to Denver was Laura’s first time on a plane. On the way out to Denver, we had a stop in Albuquerque, New Mexico. We only saw it from the terminal windows, but the mountains and desert were impressive sights.

Yesterday, I got another souvenir of our trip from Dollar Rental Car. They sent me a bill for the fun little excursion I made into the toll lanes in Denver. The sign said it would only cost a dollar, but it cost two dollars and an additional

fifteen dollars service fee from Dollar for having to pay it on my behalf.


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