September 26, 2013

Monument, Colorado (Week 1)

The week here at the Colorado Heights Resort  in Monument has been nice. It's been in the 70s most of the week. It rained only one night. Didn't realize it, but we are at 7,543 feet above sea level. For me, this is the sixth day and the first day that I didn't wake up with a headache. It takes a bit to get adjusted to living at this height.

I asked a guy in the laundry room the other day how this works out for football athletes who come here to play the Denver Broncos. He said that they come here at least a week ahead of the game, and sometimes come and go for three or four times during the month before the game just to get acclimated to the thinner air.

 Driving into Monument, Colorado

Colorado Heights Resort

Snow on Pikes Peak as seen from the RV Park
the morning after the rain

Pikes Peak is 14,110 feet high. There is a cog railway that takes people up to the top. We haven't done that yet, and I am not sure that I want to do it. Again, the guy in the laundry room said that if you are not acclimated to the height in this area, you will get sick going up there. By "sick" he means that you can get dizzy, light-headed, weak, nauseated, and feel as if you are sea-sick. Not only that, you may feel as if you have a hang-over for a day or two after you get back down. The trick is to drink lots of water.

We went to the Garden of the Gods the other day. What a great way to spend the day. Especially since the weather was also so nice.

Entrance sign to the Garden of the Gods

Pikes Peak as seen inside the Garden of the Gods

Balanced rock

Rock formations inside the Garden

Walking paths throughout the Garden

Another site that we took in was the Air Force Academy. It has been 50 years since I first visited this place.

United States Air Force Academy

Air Force Academy Chapel

Inside the Chapel as seen from the back

Turning around, you see the huge organ 
in the balcony

A closer view of the windows from the inside

Smaller chapel in the basement for Catholics

Flying out to Atlanta tomorrow to attend Stu's memorial and will be back on Sunday. Jerry and Chanti will be holding down the fort. Then, John and Marijean arrive to join us next Tuesday.

Live the life you love!

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