Made a slight detour down to Colorado Springs. One reason was to meet up with the Escapee Solos, who were having a gathering there.
But instead of staying at the $27 a night RV park they were in, I stayed at the Elks lodge. $5 a night ($15 with hookups) included access to their heated swimming pool. Of course, you need to be an Elks member to stay here.
Overlooking Colorado Springs is Pikes Peak, one of the 53 "Fourteeners" in Colorado.
Lots of people climb these mountains, but Pikes Peak is one of the two that has a road to the top. Sounds great to me.
Whew! Made it all the way up!
You can also get here on a cog railroad. It's been operating since 1891.
I sure hope it stops in time!
The original Summit House was built in 1873. Katharine Lee Bates was moved to write the words to the song "America the Beautiful" in 1893, after having traveled to the top of Pikes Peak on a carriage ride.
On the way home, I came to a screeching halt at The Northpole, a small amusement park at the foot of Pikes Peak. I was a little disappointed that nobody wanted to see my ID.
But I had a good time, riding the ferris wheel, scrambler, and tilt-a-whirl, among others. Even better, I didn't spend a dime.