|copyright 2001, Grabo'
This is undoubtedly the most photographed
scene in all of Colorado, and the one that inspired
Katharine Lee Bates to pen the words “...for
purple mountain majesty, above the fruited plain.” Yes,
she was viewing Pike’s Peak when she was
inspired to write “America the Beautiful,” which
has become in effect, our second national anthem.
Pike’s Peak, though not the highest mountain
in Colorado, is among the most famous in the
world, and can be seen all the way from Cheyenne,
Wyoming, 170 miles away (and then only disappears
from sight because you drive over a hill!).
Zebulon Pike, upon seeing this awesome peak,
proclaimed that it was the highest mountain
in the world, and that it would never be climbed!
Well, Pike wasn't much of a prophet: many have
climbed it, and still more have driven the unpaved
road to the top, and the yearly race, “The
Pike’s Peak Hill Climb” to the summit
draws the greatest names in auto racing.
The rich, red sandstone bluffs here create
amazing views and contrasts, and have been named
the “Garden of the Gods.” A vista
fit for a deity, indeed. Feast your eyes!
Pike’s Peak and
the Garden of the Gods
Colorado Springs, Colorado.