Saturday, 4 August 2012
The Great State of Colorado 2/8/12
For the next month, my wife Leah will be travelling with me around the States for my final leg of my Nuffield trip. We arrived in Colorado Springs late on the 1st of August, still jet lagged and overwhelmed that we were actually by ourselves without our three children in another country!! After a good night sleep, we visited local tourists attractions in Colorado Springs consisting of Manitou Cliff Dwellings, Pikes Peak and Prca Prorodeo Hall of Fame. Manitou Cliff Dwellings is one of the most accessible examples of cliff dwelling architecture. These alcoves provided shelter from wind, rain, and snow, therefore avoiding the effects of the harsh climate. Pikes Peak is the backdrop for the historic city of Colorado Springs, commands a full altitude of 14,115 feet above sea level, and is the 31st highest peak out of 54 Colorado "14ers". From the summit, panoramic views are all the way to the horizon. Leah kissed the ground once we arrived at the summit after 19 miles of driving, as she was very nervous driving up. The ProRodeo Hall of Fame and Museum of the American Cowboy is the only heritage centre in the world devoted to ProRodeo. The museum has hundreds of displays of historical cowboy gear and clothing, memorabilia, western art and sculpture gardens.