And we’re back with Day 2 of our Colorado mountain wedding adventure!
We woke up, extremely bright and early, to go hike the incline of Pikes Peak on Tuesday morning.
Now you see, we are from FLAT Florida. The last time I was hiking was probably a yea ago while we were in Costa Rica. Which means I was completely NOT ready for the level of activity exertion it would take.
The Behrenbergs, our fantastically awesome family friends who are my second set of parents, have always talked about “The Incline” and how great of a view/time it is and so I really wanted to do it.
We knew it was an opportunity that we wanted to take and their is a bailout 3/4 of the way up that we could take if we REALLY needed to quit. So we went on!
If you look at the above picture it seems as though you can see the peak of where we are headed to.
But no. No, no that is only the false peak.
The REAL peak is even higher up than that one. You just can’t see it from the bottom. Or anywhere on the trail until you hit the false peak. Completely misleading I tell ya.
From the beginning of the steps you know it’s going to be murder. You walk about 50 steps and you think “Why did I wake up at 5:00am to do this?”
And then it just gets worse from there. The view, so I heard, was absolutely gorgeous along the way. I wouldn’t look due to my fear of heights, but Rob was the photographer and took many pictures of the surrounding views.
Jeanna, my sister, and Kelly, the Behrenbergs niece, went up rather quickly.
They were way ahead of us for most of the time. Until we reached the false summit, where the bailout was.
Now the entire time I told myself I was going to take the bailout. I had nothing to prove about going to the top. But then I got to the bailout and Rob was determined to finish the trail to the top so I joined him and climbed on. By the time we had gotten to the bailout, we were 3/4 of the way up. You could see the REAL peak and it surely did not look too far off.
My quads and butt were hating me.
What we had already climbed.
As you can see from what I was wearing and the beautiful blue skies around us, the weather was absolutely gorgeous.
It was nice and cool, only hot because of how much work we were doing. But I thoroughly enjoyed how good it felt to be outdoors, that high up, surrounded by mountains.
With only taking a little over an hour to tackle the climb, we made it to the top!
And then, I looked at the views!
What a workout it was.
But it wasn’t over. After we got to the top, we had to hike back down a 3 mile trail to the bottom.
Luckily it wasn’t stairs going down.
The trail was calm and pleasant. Completely silent except for the wind blowing through the trees and the few voices around you.
We jogged most of the way down which was quite a nice feeling for the lovely breeze it gave you.
We did it!
It was pretty fantastic to finish and know that you had conquered a pretty great workout before 8am.
The rest of the day was spent lazily around the Behr’s house. The recently just moved to Colorado Springs and generously opened their home to us to stay not 2 weeks later.
Their home is completely comfortable and cozy. It was a perfect place to relax!
We baked cookies for our favors, ran errands, and then went to Garden of the Gods later that afternoon.
There were people all over the place rock climbing. The photo above shows two guys on top of the rock. It was crazy watching them come down.
Rob had a blast climbing all over the place on any rock that he could find. He truly is a little kid at heart.
Garden of the Gods was beautiful. Carla had taken me there this past March when it was completely covered in snow and wow did it look different!
Tuesday was a VERY active day in Colorado Springs. We enjoyed every minute of our day and were loving the beautiful weather in Colorado!