Chris had the opportunity to attend a workshop in Colorado Springs in mid-April. Since all expenses were paid for him and his guest, we both attended. We flew into Denver where we were met by a car to transport us the hour and a half to the hotel in Colorado Springs. This was all a first class operation with drivers, great hotel, side trips, meals, and the workshop sessions.
The sponsor, a major manufacturer of building materials, devoted this conference to Chris' area; roofing and waterproofing materials. It was a discussion of what is available, what is in the pipeline, and a chance for roofing and waterproofing consultants to provide feedback. Besides representative of he firm, the guest speaker is a well known authority in the field.
Wednesday morning as the consultants and staff met for informational sessions, I wandered about downtown Colorado Springs. Some of the spouses had signed up earlier for a spa session. While I was too late to sign up for a massage, I did enjoy my time wandering.
|We re-enacted the passing of the torch to light the Olympic flame at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.|
|The woman in the dark glasses is Melissa Stockwell, a member of the Paralympic Decathalon team, a former US Army Lt., who lost her left leg above the knee in a explosion while riding in the lead vehicle in a convoy.|
|View during my walk around town|
|another view of downtown Colorado Springs. The Olympic Training facility is on an approximately 50 acre facility. This building on the right is the office building for the Olympics but is not at the same location|
|Olympians Horanyi and Moody demonstrate fencing for us. We later practiced forward and backward exercises designed to help develop skills for this support.|
|Some members of our group volunteered to try some judo with the Olympic team members. I DID NOT|
The conference ended at noon, allowing Chris and me just enough time to grab a cab to the Cog Railway Station for a ride to the top of Pike's Peak. After sunny weather on Tuesday and Wednesday, Thursday presented us with a heavy spring snow storm. On the lower end of the ride, everything was flocked with new fresh snow and was beautiful. At the top it was almost a white out. Views from there are said to be spectacular. A 14,115 feet, the peak rises from the plains to the east, giving an almost unlimited view, or rather an unlimited view when the weather cooperates.
Maybe it was just as well we could not wander about the top to photograph the views. The elevation hit me harder than I expected, and sitting in the heated gift shop, drinking fluids, was about all I could handle with a headache and lightheaded feeling.
|This, and next few, are taken from inside the car as we traveled .|
|In 8.9 miles the railroad climbs from 6570 feet in elevation to 14,115. It is a steep climb and it takes a cog railway, not a standard track, to handle the ascent.|
|At the top. Not much view on our trip. But this view, achieved by riding a mule, on a sunnier day, inspired Katherine Lee Bates to write the words to America the Beautiful.|