Leaving on a Jet Plane - 7-13-19
Saturday, July 13, 2019
My sister and her husband left from Denver Airport this morning, heading back to Texas:
They were fortunate to get out before thunderstorms hit town, and made it safely back home. We had a terrific week hanging out together, celebrating my sister's 60th birthday. Besides a family photo shoot at Union Station and a tour of the Molly Brown house in Denver, we spent a couple days in Colorado Springs. We hiked to the Siamese Twins in Garden of the Gods and toured the Air Force Academy. Apparently the Academy does an air demonstration a couple times a year, and we were fortunate that we accidentally were there to watch jets buzzing the Academy, big helicopters landing, and lumbering cargo planes flying low. Some of the jets appeared to just be making a huge circle around the Academy - it was pretty impressive!
We finished our visit to Colorado Springs with a trip to the top of Pikes Peak on a Gray Line tour. Now I can honestly say I've made it to the top of one of Colorado's 14ers! I need to rethink my goal of CLIMBING a 14er, however. I've wanted to climb Mt. Elbert, the tallest 14er in Colorado at 14,439 feet. According to my youngest son, who has climbed all 53 of the 14ers in Colorado, it isn't a technical climb but it's a LONG way up; he suggested I start with one of the lower, well-traveled 14ers to see how I did with the lack of oxygen. I didn't even CLIMB Pikes Peak - I took a BUS - and after 30 minutes at the top, just walking around, I had a banging headache and was exhausted. My sister and BIL were nauseous (coming from sea level) and it actually took them a couple days to bounce back and feel OK again. I felt better after I'd been back down at 6500 feet elevation for awhile.
So glad I was able to go build some fun memories with my sister's family - we live too far apart!
p.s. Jeff Hall is the photographer who got the great shot of the storm rolling in to the Denver Airport