Friday, August 9, 2013


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.
Success -- time to text friends to report about the loot and head for home.

All of us are ready for school to start!

I'm joining the following link parties:
A Southern Daydreamer for Outdoor Wednesday
Have a Daily Cup for Share Your Cup Thursday


NanaDiana said...

She is just a doll and fun to see in her cute clothes. Haven't been in Colorado in many years. It is beautiful country! xo Diana

Marilyn said...

Even though I am not a shopper, I might have preferred that alternative to the 14,000+ altitude! But that view is spectacular from the top.♥♫

bj said...

On the one hand, I look forward to the kids going back to school for the basketball games we'll get to attend....on the OTHER hand, tho...I sure miss seeing them as much as in the summer.
We went up on top of PP one year, long ago. Drove up....I didn't even know they had a rail car ....that would be fun.
Your girls is a cutie...and love her cute clothes.
Hope all the CO. fires are out now. Whew...that was scary.

Julie Corbisiero said...

Hi I know I have been doing so much shopping with my teenage daughter! I will miss the carefree days of summer! Enjoy the rest of your summer. I saw it share your cup.
Julie from

Jann Olson said...

She's a cutie and looks great in her new wardrobe! A few years ago my sisters and I visited our cousin in Colorado Springs. We rode to Pikes Peak. It was so fun and yes, breathtaking. I found a few cute items in the gift shops. Thanks for sharing with SYC.