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Old 9th July 2010, 18:48   #31
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Dwellings - some more pics

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Old 9th July 2010, 19:57   #32
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Next stop: Pikes Peak

Pikes Peak is one of the Colorado's 54 fourteeners with altitude of 14,110 ft above sea level located west of Colorado Springs town.

A summit with elevation of 14,000 ft or above is called a 'Fourteener' in US which is a popular term widely used within US, but not in external world. There are 88 14ers in US, out of which there are 54 within Colorado state itself making it popular destination for hikers, skiers etc.

The drive to summit provides some spectacular views at the same time it was so scary. As you ascend the summit with absolutely no guard rails and road looks as if driving into sky....it provides a complete different feeling mixed of scary & excitement & fun. There is nothing on top of summit except one snacks & gift shop where they prepare fresh doughnuts.

There are three ways to reach the summit: by drive, by hike & by cog-railway which is a narrow guage rail road.

After reaching the summit, my 8 year old son started complaining dizziness & headache. I understand he is having 'altitude sickness' and we decided not to spend much time there and quickly descended to lower elevation.

It was one of the amazing drive I ever forget and must do for all travel enthusiasts.

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Old 10th July 2010, 00:13   #33
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The one you posted on 14 is amazing to read. I'm wondering at how people survived in that small room during winter & a great idea indeed. But tell me, does Colarado suffer like iceage that we see in North like MN or MI?
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Old 14th July 2010, 14:44   #34
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We have a large conference room in our office in Lucent Boulevard, CO called Blue Mesa named after Mesa

Really some amazing places, and you feel so fresh even after 10 or more hours at work.

Though not as much as MI or MN but, Oh Boy CO does get its fair share of storms and wipe-outs
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Old 14th July 2010, 16:00   #35
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Wow, such blue waters. Very nice pics, thanks for sharing. Please post more
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great pics. The pics of the information board makes an interesting read. Thanks.

I really wonder whats the connection between the we Indians and Indians found in America. Is there actually any connection at all?

idlebrain : hope to see more pics soon.
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Old 14th July 2010, 20:24   #37
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The one you posted on 14 is amazing to read. I'm wondering at how people survived in that small room during winter & a great idea indeed. But tell me, does Colarado suffer like iceage that we see in North like MN or MI?
May be not link in MN or MI, but definitely CO gets good amount of snow during winter months.

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Plenty of pics coming.

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great pics. The pics of the information board makes an interesting read. Thanks.

I really wonder whats the connection between the we Indians and Indians found in America. Is there actually any connection at all?

idlebrain : hope to see more pics soon.
We all know that Christopher Columbus (Italy) discovered America. When actually started his voyage from Europe his intention was to discover a sea-way to India. But he landed in America and he misunderstood that as India and started calling the people who are living here as "Indians" or "Red Indians" but they are actually "Native Americans". Other than that there is no connection we Indians and Native Americans.

The current registered native american population is 1.37% of total US population. The rest 98.xx% are "settlers" from different countries.
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More pics of Pikes Peak:

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Summit of the Pikes Peak @ 14,110 ft above sea level:


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Some hikers hiking to summit:

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There is a small check post kind of this is there while ascending the summit where a ranger will check the temperature of vehicle brakes. If its too hot they will not allow the vehicle further until it cools down because hot brakes may fail. If the driver is driving on brakes downhill usually brakes will get hot quickly. So they are sign boards to advice drivers to use "lower gear".

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Old 14th July 2010, 21:35   #39
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For the first I can notice some resemblance of the texture of the places to what we see in India.
Nice snaps esp water bodies!
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Old 14th July 2010, 22:00   #40
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One last pic while ascending Pikes Peak summit:

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The next stop is Royal Gorge Bridge near Canon City, CO. After ascending the pikes peak, we straight away headed to Canon City.

The Royal Gorge Bridge is constructed in 1929 between two rims of Canyon which was the highest suspension bridge at that time. Length of the bridge is 1260 ft and height from canyon bed is around 1100 ft.

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Arkansas River flowing at the bed of canyon

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There are couple of main attractions at Bridge. One is aerial tram and its considered at America's longest single span aerial tram. This was constructed in 1968 with length 2200 ft and height above Arkansas river is 1178 ft. There is only one 35-passenger capacity cabin which rides from one end to another. The ride of tram also gave us a scary & excitement & fun feelings.

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The red aerial tram cabin:

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Old 14th July 2010, 23:04   #41
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May be not link in MN or MI, but definitely CO gets good amount of snow during winter months.
link = like right?

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We all know that Christopher Columbus (Italy) discovered America.
Err...I think he was from Spain right & it was somewhere in the end of 1400's right?

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The current registered native american population is 1.37% of total US population. The rest 98.xx% are "settlers" from different countries.
Yes, very sad!!!

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I really wonder whats the connection between the we Indians and Indians found in America. Is there actually any connection at all?
There's a quite lot of blood shed that happened in US during those time; watch this movie called "How the west was won", "The last of mohicans", "Dances with wolves", "Apocalypto" you'll know how the situation was prevailing & it was worst than what India is now.

Like idle said, Columbus was first to land in US (then new found land) & soon followed by several sailors from Britain, French, Dutch, Portugese, Germans & started establishing their own colonies; they also fought in between for the territory. During these times, they befriended with the local tribes such as apache, nootka, iroquois, sioux, aztec to fight against other Europeans as well as killed the tribals. Finally, the Govt had a reservation for the dying tribal population in certain states in the form of reserved areas. Its a great blood shed story altogether.
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Old 15th July 2010, 00:52   #42
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@ argee: Yes, its "like"...type

Wiki says he was born at Genoa, present day in Italy, but later settled & died in Spain.

Christopher Columbus - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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This is an attraction called Sky-coaster ride where couple of persons are tied and swinging towards the Gorge.

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Bridge & Arkansas River

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Awesome pics.

1. Liked the idea of checking the tyre temperature stuff! Good safety stuff.

2. I see four clock type things at the entrance. One is of course time clock, second one I believe is altitude clock. What are the other two?

3. The tram thing is exciting. The swinging thing I am sure is scary.
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Wonderful pics idle !! Cadel Chapel was awesome.

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amazing pics there idlebrain.
oh yea another fellow bhpian 1400rpm is also in Atlanta, may be you guys can catch up sometime
I stay here as well
1400rpm stays in Alabama, 3 hrs drive from Atlanta but passes through Atlanta during his drives.

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Old 15th July 2010, 01:42   #45
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Where's the pic of your screaming face while riding the sky-coaster
J/K. Amazing pics, thanks for sharing. Looks like you had a memorable long weekend.
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