Our day began bright and early, boarding the bus at 8:15 a.m., on our way to Pikes Peak via the Cog Railway. Due to the recent snowfall and high winds, we were not able to go to the summit, but nonetheless it was a tremendous experience. Most of the students have never been to mountains of this size and were in awe of their sheer size. The tour guide spoke of the history of the railway, the ecosystems, and the history of Pikes Peak. One of the more interesting facts is that America the Beautiful was written by Katharine Lee Bates while on the summit of Pikes Peak overlooking the spacious skies, amber waves of grain, and purple mountain majesties of the United States.
After our descent, we made our way to the Garden of the Gods to have lunch, see an informative movie on the history and geology of the park, and take a guided tour of the park itself. The students especially loved the tour because they had a chance to climb on the rocks.
We will be dining this evening at The Airplane restaurant. In the meantime please enjoy the slideshow of our day's events. Go Bulls & Balckhawks!