It is almost the end of summer -- school will be starting soon. Time for end of the summer excursions. Our son, Mike, was home for a few days before he begins his 13th year as a high school science and math teacher. Papa Bob, Wyatt, and Mike had been planning all summer to go to the top of Pike's Peak on the cog railroad -- time to get it done!
Waiting to board the railroad car. A teacher is always a student -- he never goes anywhere without a math book and a notebook. I sent our camera with them, but no one took a picture of Bob (just Wyatt holding Bob's cane!).
Getting close to the top of the mountain.
14,110 feet -- In their younger days, Bob and Mike climbed several four-teeners in Colorado.
A view of Colorado Springs from the summit. Katharine Lee Bates penned the words of the song, "America the Beautiful", after visiting the top of Pike's Peak. It was first published by her as a poem in 1895.
Caitlin and I left the high altitudes to the boys. We planned a shopping trip instead. You mothers and grandmothers of teenage girls know how it goes. Multiply the collage below by 50 and you know the drill -- cute top, but too short for this long, tall body to be school appropriate -- cute sleeveless denim vest (on sale for $10 - score!) will work to cover tanks and camis for school -- the vest even makes this dress church appropriate. Yea! We even managed to also find three pairs of jeans long enough, plus a couple of cute tops.