Homeschooling on the Road–ColoradoJun 17th, 2009 | By Jessica Parnell | Category: Featured Articles, Homeschooling Road Trip 2009
Day One–Colorado Springs
We started out with a plan to tackle Pike’s Peak the easy way—via train. But, when we arrived to discover that the next available train would not leave for 2 hours, we decided to take a hike—straight up!
At Pike’s Peak, you can choose to hike to the summit via the Barr Trail (which is a beautiful winding trail up the mountain) or take a shorter hike straight up the mountain using railroad tie “steps.” Preferring a more scenic route, I suggested the Barr Trail, but my husband overruled me in the interest of conquering the incline trail – a 2000 foot incline trail that looked to be quite a challenge.
And it was!
But imagine the sense of satisfaction we had when we successfully met our goal!
Thankfully, once we conquered the ascent, we shifted over to the Barr Trail for the return trip and it was gorgeous! Of course three of us crashed and burned coming down that easier trail so we reached the bottom bruised and bloody but feeling unstoppable and ready to do it again.
After the hike, we did board the train and were thrilled with the breathtaking views from the top of Pike’s Peak (the picture does not do it justice). The kids were intrigued to learn about the history of Pike’s Peak–the communities that used to be established right on the mountain, the development of the railroad, the industry that was there. Most of it gone now–but evidence still left behind.
We talked about Kathy Lee Bates and saw the trail that she would have traveled as ascended the mountain and we understood the inspiration that she found at the top when she penned America the Beautiful.
We too were inspired and wanted to write our own poem about God’s incredible creation.
Once we have them finalized I will post them with pride!
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