Jul 19 2011
This morning, we left Sidney, Nebraska, sad that we hadn’t had time to visit Cabela’s flagship store. We headed south through Nebraska and Colorado, sticking to the back roads in true roadtrip fashion.
We detoured to Genoa, CO, to see the Wonder Tower of the World, an old fashioned tourist trap with a antique store disguised as a museum. From there, we headed west on US Hwy 24 to Colorado Springs.
As we drove, we could see our landmark destination, Pikes Peak, in the distance, then gradually growing closer.
At the Manitou Cliff Dwellings, we explored the cave structures and museum, then moved to downtown Manitou Springs to taste the water from the mineral springs. The verdict: natural mineral water is not for us.
Finally, it was time for our trip up the Pikes Peak Cog Railway. We chose this over driving up the mountain as it would be much less nerve-wracking for both driver and passenger. By the time we reached the summit, it was cold and rainy, so we snapped our photos and ran inside for doughnuts…which were sold out! That’s the drawback of the last train of the day, I guess.
On the way down, the sun peeked out and we saw the natural beauty of The Pikes Peak area. It was a busy day and we did a lot; I may back off on tomorrow’s plans a bit to let everyone sleep later. There’s a lot to do in this area; a full week’s vacation would be very possible here.
My netbook has seen its last so I’m limping along; I promise to post more photos when I write about individual sites. For now, just know that we’re having a great time on our Twizzlers Landmark Summer adventure, and the Twizzlers van is getting a lot of looks and comments.
Twizzlers is sponsoring our family’s travels this week.