Last weekend I visited one of my very best friends in Colorado Springs. I had never been before, and wanted to check out her new life in CO.
Between the views, the exploring, and the reconnecting of a beautiful friendship, it is difficult for me to articulate just how magical the weekend was.
"I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery. Air. Mountains. Trees. People. I thought: this is what it is to be happy."
Let's start by taking a look out of my friend's window...that's right, this is her view. I was sitting at her kitchen table when I took these two photos. Wowza.
We took the Cog Railway to Inspiration Point. The track of the Pikes Peak Cog Railway is 8.9 miles long. The Cog usually takes you to the summit of Pikes Peak, but because of the snow, we stopped short at Inspiration Point.
Next stop, the Olympic Training Center.
After a good amount of back-and-forth banter (aka me making a million excuses), we decided to climb the infamous Incline.
It was my first time to conquer this beast, and KM's 5th time. Not to mention, she is a mere 6 months post hip replacement surgery, (technically, not supposed to be doing physical activity like this) and she kicked my butt the whole way up.
I can honestly say there are very few people in my life that I let into the dustiest corners of my soul. KM has been there. I tell her all the time, she just gets me. She is a pure inspiration to anyone who crosses her path. This was a HUGE accomplishment for her and I couldn't be more proud of her. Did I mention she is a rockstar?
Don't be fooled, I was bent over huffing and puffing at this point, while KM was just snapping photos like a BA. I was too terrified to look behind me. Talk about scared of heights...this was a doozy.
We made it to the top in a little over an hour - stepping on 2,800 railroad ties to the summit of Pikes Peak. The incline gains over 2,000 feet of elevation in less than 1 mile. This was the view we were rewarded with after completion. Literally, above the clouds.
We found a spot at the top of the mountain to dedicate to our accomplishment as we praised glory to God.
The only way to get back down Pikes Peak after completing the Incline is to hike down Barr Tail. That was difficult in itself, but so worth it - check out some of our views along the way...
Who lives sees, but who travels sees more.
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