Coming home from RMFC I decided to take a little side trip to Pikes Peak. I had realized that I had taken the cog railway to summit only a mere 35 years ago. I was maybe 10 when I went to the summit with my sister. I made another trip to the summit with my aunt sometime in early 80's, but that time we drove up. I decided to let Kitty experience the cog railway for the first time as well as try to dredge up memories from my childhood.
You have to make reservations in advance, and I did so from the con hotel. It was so quick and easy that I was surprised to see that we had a full train early Monday morning. Dang! There was not an empty seat! I had forgotten that it was still peak tourist season.
The ride was very enjoyable. It was about an hour up and an hour back with 30 minutes on the summit. You could really feel the thin air at 14,100' even us folk who were already well acclimated to 5000'+. Temps were also 30+ degrees cooler up there which was very refreshing. Here's a pic from the top.
Next year I thought about driving to summit to get some fursuit pics, but then why not go all the way. There is a highway to the top of Mt Evans which is 300' higher, making it the highest road in America. I know gilmorelion has already beaten me up there, making him the highest fursuiter without use of a controlled substance. *snerk* I supposed I could hike to the top of Mt Elbert in suit or go all the way and do Mt Whitney. Hardcore!