I know that Pikes Peak is in Colorado and that we are in Iowa and no, we are not heading back west just yet. Iowa has a beautiful state park called Pikes Peak and we visited it on Tuesday (6/24). The weather was fantastic, not too hot and best of all - no gnats or rain! We drove through the park and looked at the campsites and then parked our car and walked over to the overlook.
We took a hike on a couple of the trails. The Bridal Veil trail goes downhill (on an easy wooden trail with steps) towards a waterfall. From there we continued uphill and connected with the East Hickory Trail which took us up back to the parking lot and our truck. It was soooooo nice to be out getting some exercise - and did I mention there were no gnats!!
|Looking northwest over the Mississippi River into Prairie du Chien, WI|
|Hummingbird at Pikes Peak State Park|
|My great-grandparents - Thomas Merkes and Catherine Heiderscheit|
This headstone is for my dad's first cousin (Helen). This is the most informative headstone I've ever seen. It will be very helpful for future genealogists. I wish we had seen this earlier, it would be great to have all this information on my parent's headstone.
When we left Pikes Peak State Park we drove north on 52 and wouldn't you know it there was a small riverboat casino. Marty suggested we stop for a half-hour and try our luck. I know some people probably don't believe that it was Marty who wanted to stop but it really was. Lady Luck didn't favor us that day but it was fun and we didn't lose much and it was nice and cool inside - I call that a win.
Another place we've visited recently is Chestnut Mountain Ski Resort. It's about 6 miles from ourcampground and during the off season you can ride the Alpine Slide 2050' down to the banks of the Mississippi and the ski lift returns you to the top. We haven't tried it yet, we're waiting for visitors to come with us.
|View from the top of Chestnut Mountain|
|Marty goofing around|
|What's a fiesta without a pinata?|
|Waiting for their turn|
|You're supposed to put your candy in the box not wear it on your head!|
|Tornado, what tornado?|
|The wind knocked down this tree near us and another one in the back of the park|
|This swing set is about 75 feet behind our rig|
It's a beautiful day out today and the park crew has done a great job of clearing out the downed trees and branches. Hopefully the river recedes enough that the families camping this 4th of July weekend can enjoy the playground.
HAPPY 4TH OF JULY!!
|Lizzie, about 12-13 years ago - so cute!|