Friday, April 06, 2007

Garden of the Gods & Manitou Cliff Dwellings (Mon)

On Monday, we drove from Denver to Colorado Springs. Here is a view of Pike's Peak from the road.

After checking in to our hotel, we went to Garden of the Gods. This area has some beautiful, red rock formations.
We watched a mountain scrambler (I would have called him a mountain climber) get ready to scramble up the mountain. It was fascinating to watch! A lot like the rock walls you can climb at malls and fairs. It looked like there was no place to put his fingers or toes, but he kept climbing higher...

... and higher! (Can you see him above & a little to the left of the tree?)

Alexandra and I at the Manitou Cliff Dwellings. We were amazed at how short the doors were. Does any one know... were the people that much shorter??? (I meant to ask at the museum, and plan on looking into it.)


Robin said...

That looks like a really cool place to visit. I do think you're right about people being shorter the further back in history we go. Remember that Abe Lincoln was considered to be a giant and he was only 6'4". Which still isn't average size, but it is a reflection on the thoughts of the average people.
I know in my own family, we have gotten a bit taller with each generation. Thank goodness, because my mother is only 5' and my Dad is 5'5 1/2" tall. But my brother is 5"10", and all of us girls are around 5'4". So we are all taller than our parents and grandparents. And my two older kids are taller than me or my husband. Weird, huh?

lahbluebonnet said...

We did a lot of the same Colorado stuff over the years! Except I refused to go on the Royal Gorge bridge and tram! Also I refused to go into the mine. I used the excuse that my children would be terrified!

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