Al's Photography Blog

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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Cog Railway Train

Here is the train that took us up Pikes Peak, parked at the base station at an elevation of approximately 6,600 feet (2,012 meters) above sea level.
After climbing to the top of the mountain at an elevation of 14,115 feet (4,302 meters) it didn't even look tired!
To climb all the steep grades (averaging 16%, steeper in places), it uses a cog system. The cogs in the train fit into the center cog rail, providing the needed traction.
I'm very glad the engineer knew how to park at the top - he stopped our train just in time!
This is what's beyond that buffer.
And here's one final look at our train and that end-of-line buffer.
I'll have more posts from this scenic railway soon. This series is for Our World Tuesday.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Timberline A-Frame

Last weekend we took the cog railroad up Pikes Peak. In 1993 I hiked all the way up the Barr Trail to the top. Here's a photo from that hike of the A-Frame shelter at timberline, around 11,500 feet (3,500 meters) above sea level.
If you've got old photos, please post them and support the Vintage Weekly meme.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

High Skywatch

What's unusual about this ordinary Skywatch Friday photo?
It was taken on top of this mountain, at an elevation of 14,115 feet (4.3 km) above sea level. We took the cog railroad up there on Saturday - lots more photos to come from that trip when I get caught up. (The sign is outdated because the mountain is slightly higher than originally thought.)

Sunday, August 24, 2014

San Francisco Bay

I hope everyone in the San Francisco Bay area is okay after last night's earthquake. Here are some photos of the bay in calmer times.
This one's looking towards Alcatraz.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Settling In

Our new dog Laika has made herself at home.
She makes herself very comfortable!
And she's getting on very well with our older dog Socks - they will go up and sniff things together, and when Laika was at the vet today Socks was excited to greet her when we got back!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Muscoco Mountain Hike

Here's a hike up Muscoco Mountain, in another of our incredible city parks. It starts by crossing this stream.
Socks was leading the way up the mountain (this was before we got Laika).
It was steep.
But the views made it all worthwhile.
The mountains seem to go on forever. (The city is in the opposite direction.)
Any way you looked was beautiful.
I always love the pine trees that cover our mountains.
Socks was proud to have made it to the top!
And that's my weekly entry for Our World Tuesday; the blue skies make it a good entry for Blue Monday.
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